Centers for the Re-Education and Advancement of Teachers in Special Education and Related Services Personnel

Mission of the Program

The South Carolina Department of Education Office of Special Education Services (Rebecca Davis, Interim Director) has sponsored the Centers for the Re-Education and Advancement of Teachers in Special Education and Related Services Personnel program since 2003. Widely known as SC-CREATE, the mission of the program is to prepare highly qualified professionals who will serve the needs of students with disabilities in SC public and charter schools, and SCDE-operated programs. Through a collaborative partnership with local school districts and leading SC colleges and universities, SC-CREATE under­writes tuition and textbook costs for full-time employees completing coursework required
for add-on, alternative, or initial licensure in special education and advanced licensure in speech-language pathology. Future initiatives for SC-CREATE include preparation of special educators nominated by their school districts in the areas of assistive technology, behavior analysis-interventions, orientation-mobility, school psychology, and secondary transition services. Recognized nationally as a model grow-your-own preparation program, the American Council on Rural Special Education honored SC-CREATE in 2015 with its Exemplary Special Education Program for In-service/Pre-Service Preparation award.

News for 2017-2018

  • SC-CREATE begins Year 15 operation with the 2017-2018 school year.
  • USC Aiken joins the SC-CREATE consortium of colleges and universities, bringing the total to 13 institutions of higher education.
  • Individuals employed full-time in SC public/charter schools and SCDE-operated programs are eligible, including Teachers, Teacher Assistants, non-instructional Staff, and central office Staff in non-leadership positions.
  • Add-on State licensure programs available in teaching Deaf-Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Multi-categorical Special Education, Severe Disabilities, and Visual Impairments.
  • Alternative State licensure program available in teaching Emotional Disabilities through SCDE’s Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) for individuals holding degrees in psychology or sociology.
  • Initial State licensure in Special Education available through Bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia College, Converse College, Lander University, SC State University, and USC Aiken who offer a combination of online and campus courses in late-afternoon, evening, and summers.
  • Initial State licensure in Special Education also available through Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree programs at College of Charleston, Converse College, Francis Marion University, USC Columbia, and USC Upstate. FMU’s MAT in LD degree is a fully distance/online program available State-wide to individuals not within a reasonable driving distance to one of the other colleges.
  • Advanced State licensure in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) available through Master’s degree programs at SC State University and USC Columbia. USCC’s Master’s degree in Communication Disorders (MCD) is a distance program and is available State-wide and nationally. SCSU’s master’s degree in SLP is a campus program.

Success: 2003-2017

  • Program Completers: 1,025
  • School districts represented: 83 (of 84)
  • SCDE-operated programs represented: 3 (of 10)

Program Completers

Sharon Beeks

Multi-cat Teacher
York 03 District


Amber Bess

LD Teacher
Florence 01 District


Shakobie Butler

Multi-cat Teacher
Berkeley 01 District


Kelley King

ED Teacher
Sumter 01 District


Charmaine Moore

Speech-Lang. Pathologist
Spartanburg 05 District


Patricia Nunnally

ED Teacher
Florence 01 District


Merrick Owen

LD Teacher
Chester 01 District


Mandi Parker

LD Teacher
SC Connections Academy


Chris Rushton

ED Teacher
Edgefield 01 District


Rico Salliewhite

Multi-cat Teacher
McCormick 01 District


Jennifer Scogin

LD Teacher
Greenville 01 District


Ashley Sealey

LD Teacher
York Prep Charter


Jeremy Sowells

ED Teacher
York 03 District


Amy Thrower

Multi-cat Teacher
Orangeburg 05 District


Carmen Tolbert

Multi-cat Teacher
Abbeville 60 District