Mission of the Program
SC-CREATE is a scholarship assistance program sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Special Education Services (Rebecca Davis, Director). Since 2003, the mission of the program is to increase the number of highly qualified, credentialed professionals in SC public/charter schools and SCDE-operated programs who serve the needs of students with disabilities. Through a collaborative partnership with SC colleges, SC-CREATE underwrites course tuition and textbook costs for individuals pursuing add-on, alternative, initial and advanced licensure programs in special education and related services. Recognized nationally as a model, grow-your-own program, the American Council on Rural Special Education honored SC-CREATE with their Exemplary Special Education Program for In-service/Pre-Service Preparation award in 2015.
News for 2018-2019
- SC-CREATE begins Year 16 operation with the 2018-19 school year.
- All full-time employees in SC public/charter schools and SCDE-operated programs are eligible for SC-CREATE scholarship funds, including teachers, teacher assistants, non-instructional staff, and central office staff (in non-leadership positions).
- Scholarship funds for tuition are placed on student accounts at colleges where participants are enrolled. Out-of-pocket payment is not required. SC-CREATE reimburses for textbooks and Praxis II exam registration fees (initial licensure only).
- Add-on State Licensure: SCDE prescribes programs of coursework in teaching Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Multi-categorical Special Education, Severe Disabilities, Visual Impairments, and for Secondary Transition Specialist.
- Alternative State Licensure: SCDE prescribes coursework for teaching Emotional Disabilities through the Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) for individuals holding degrees in psychology or sociology.
- Initial State Licensure: Columbia College and Converse College offer Bachelor's degree programs in special education through a combination of online and campus courses available in late-afternoon, evenings, and summers. USC Aiken offers a distance/online Bachelor's degree program to individuals State-wide who do not reside within a reasonable driving distance to one of the other colleges.
- Initial State Licensure: Converse College and USC Columbia offer Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree programs in special education through a combination of online and campus courses available in late-afternoon, evenings, and summers. USC Upstate and Francis Marion University offer distance/online MAT programs. FMU's program is available to individuals State-wide who do not reside within a reasonable driving distance to one of the other colleges.
- Advanced State Licensure: South Carolina State University offers a Master of Arts degree program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) through campus courses available in late-afternoon, evenings, and summers. USC Columbia offers a distance Master's in Communication Disorders (MCD) degree program to individuals State-wide who do not reside within a reasonable driving distance to SCSU.
- Advanced State Licensure: Francis Marion University offers a distance/online Specialist degree program in School Psychology (school district nomination required).
- Add-on National certification: USC Columbia offers a program of online coursework for behavior interventionists that leads to the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential (school district nomination required).
- Add-on National Certification: USC Upstate offers a program of campus and online coursework that leads to the Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) credential (school district nomination required).