Renewal Overview and Guidelines

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Purpose

The Renewal Credit Plan provides a mechanism that enables educators employed in a South Carolina public school district and educators employed by participating educational entities to apply a broad range of relevant professional development activities toward their certificate renewal. All of the credited work must support the educator's current professional growth and development plan. The certificate renewal plan

1.       encourages educators to engage in meaningful, quality professional development activities that are directed toward promoting student achievement,

2.       ensures that educators are accountable for their continuous professional development, and

3.       is operationally efficient

 

Description

The Renewal Credit Plan guidelines apply to any person who holds a South Carolina educator's certificate. The current employment status of the educator determines the specific steps the educator must complete to renew his/her professional educator's certificate. 

A South Carolina educator's professional certificate is valid for five years and expires on June 30 of the expiration year. In order to be eligible for certificate renewal, the educator must earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits, as described in the renewal credit matrix, during the five year validity period of the certificate.

Educators Employed in a SC Public School District

Obtaining Renewal Credits

Educators are responsible for ensuring that all renewal options and activities meet the following guidelines.

An individual who is employed in a position that requires South Carolina educator certification and is employed in a South Carolina public school district must earn renewal credits through professional development activities that

1.       directly relate to the educator's professional growth and development plan;

2.       support the goals of the employing public school district; and

3.       promote student achievement, as required by State Board of Education Regulation 43-205.1, Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching (ADEPT), and Regulation 43-165.1, Program for Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Principal Performance (ADEPP).

 

 

 

 

Submitting Renewal Credits

An educator who is employed in a South Carolina public school district or State Department of Education-approved Renewal Credit Plan agency and holds a position that requires South Carolina educator certification must

1.       earn a minimum of 120 renewal credits that meet the appropriate eligibility criteria for each certificate renewal option/activity, as specified in the renewal credit matrix;

2.       maintain all required verification, as described in the renewal credit matrix;

3.       adhere to all district/educational agency policies related to pre-approval and processing of renewal credit; and

4.       submit necessary verification to the designated district/agency administrator for review, approval, and signature.

 

Any educator,who has not earned a Master's degree must earn sixty (60) renewal credits in graduate-level coursework to renew the current certificate. Educators who hold a Career and Technology Education Work-Based Certification only are not required to fulfill the graduate-level coursework requirement.

All administrators employed in a South Carolina public school district must complete a minimum of twenty (20) renewal credits during each five-year validity period in professional development activities that are designed to enhance their skills in supporting and encouraging teachers as professionals.

 

 

 

Specific Regulations:

 

·          All certified administrators will be required to earn at least 20 renewal credits from activities to enhance teacher support.

·          Principals and other administrators may earn credits for activities after school which goes beyond their normal job responsibilities and for activities in which they are sharing expertise with other schools in the district.

·          Career and Technology certified teachers should contact Steve Wash at the SDE Division of Teacher Qualify for specific guidelines. Mr. Wash may be emailed, swash@scteachers.org, or phoned, 803-734-5830.

·          No renewal credit points will be given for National Board application.

 

NOTE:  The following process is for certificate renewals only; all other certificate changes (addition of certificate areas, extensions, upgrades) will continue to be submitted to the State Department of Education via Request for Change/Action form (available online at www.scteachers.org)

 

Approval, Verification, and Documentation Process

 

·          All credit renewal activities must be pre-approved by the immediate supervisor (Principal/Director/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction) on the “Renewal Credit Pre-Approval and Verification Form.”  A copy of the form is provided in the appendix or may be obtained on the district website or at www.scteachers.org.

 

·          At the completion of the pre-approved activity a “renewal credit certificate of completion” form or other proper documentation along with the “Renewal Credit Pre-approval and Verification Form” should be submitted to the immediate supervisor (Principal/Director/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction) for timely approval and signature.

 

·          Keep a copy of all forms in your notebook.

 

·          Submit the original “Renewal Credit Pre-approval and Verification Form” complete with all your signatures to the Office of Personnel.

 

·          Certificates issued for district approved activities should be filed in the District Approved Activities section of the Professional Development Notebook.

 

·          District sponsors of credit activities will e-mail to Personnel (Regina Yeargin ryeargin_perc@union.k12.sc.us) the Provider Documentation form (available online) for entry into the District database.

 

·          Participants for District sponsored activities must sign-in and out, noting time in attendance.  Partial credit may be given for personnel whose regular responsibilities require early departure.

 

·          All renewal credits will be submitted to the State Department of Education by Human Resources.

 

·          All documentation and verification forms must be kept on file by certified personnel for a period of seven years.

 

·          If questions arise, the Renewal Credit Computation Sheet and verification documents should be referred to the Area Coordinators for review.

 

Submission Process

 

·          After the (Principal/Director) reviews the notebook to verify all documentation, the signed “Renewal Credit Computation Sheet” should be submitted to the Office of Personnel. The form may be obtained on the district website or at www.scteachers.org

·          Renewal credit advisors may send Renewal Credit Computation Sheets periodically as points are accumulated. Educator should indicate on final Computation Sheet that certificate is ready for renewal.

·          The Office of Personnel will submit credits to the State Department via the electronic portal system and will renew certificate if applicable.

·          All credit renewal activities must be pre-approved by the immediate supervisor (Principal/Director/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction) on the “Renewal Credit Pre-Approval and Verification Form.”  A copy of the form is provided in the appendix or may be obtained on the district website or at www.scteachers.org.

·          At the completion of the pre-approved activity a “renewal credit certificate of completion” form or other proper documentation along with the “Renewal Credit Pre-approval and Verification Form” should be submitted to the immediate supervisor (Principal/Director/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction) for timely approval and signature.

·          Keep a copy of all forms in your notebook and submit the original “Renewal Credit Pre-approval and Verification Form” complete with all your signatures to the Office of Personnel.

 

 

Appeal Process

 

Certified personnel should always refer to the Renewal Credit Activity Checklist before seeking pre-approval for an activity.  Pre-approval forms will be reviewed and signed off on by the Principal/Director.  In the event an activity is not approved the teacher/staff member has the right to appeal.  Appeals must be made within two weeks of the approval denial.  An appeal must be submitted by completing the appeal form and attaching the denied pre-approval request.  These documents must be submitted to the renewal credit coordinators.  The renewal credit coordinators will make a consensus decision based on

the information provided.  The area renewal credit coordinators will inform the teacher/staff member and the Principal/Director of the consensus decision. 

 

Monitoring Process

 

The teacher/staff member will bring the Professional Development Notebook to each GBE conference for GBE review and professional development renewal credit review with the Principal/Director. The renewal credit coordinators may audit the process.

 

     

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If public school or you are an educator not employed in a public school or other entity, please refer to the Division of Teacher Quality website (http://www.scteachers.org/Cert/recert/rc_index.cfm) for further information.