Become a Teacher in South Carolina

At $42,207*, South Carolina was ranked 29 th in the nation for average teacher salaries in 2005. Having kept pace with inflation, South Carolina has proven themselves to be more supportive of education than many other states in the U.S.

Future South Carolina Teachers: Beginning South Carolina teachers are starting out with fairly good salaries compared to many entry-level occupations throughout the state. The projections for the future is that teacher salaries should continue to raise as long as the public educational system give the South Carolina public a reason to support it. Teachers need to gain advanced degrees and arm themselves with higher qualifications. Highly educated teachers are more effective in the classroom and are hence rewarded monetarily as well as through the support of the public through progress in the classroom. Gather information on certification and advanced degree programs that will help propel your career in education.

Current South Carolina Teachers and Administrators: Administrators have proven to be worth their salaries in South Carolina. This means the competition is tough. If you wish to move into an administrative position, you will not only need to have proven your effectiveness as an educator, you will also need to hold an advanced degree from an accredited college showing that you have the necessary skills of leadership and knowledge of how to help public education progress in South Carolina. If you are an experienced teacher or administrator in South Carolina who wishes to create mobility for your career, an ability to be the best educator you can be and also earn a more satisfying salary, South Carolina's public educational system is making enticing compensation packages for those who earn their Master's degree, PhD or Administrative Credentials from accredited universities.

* NEA 2014 Stats

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Keiser University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Teaching & Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Graduate Certificate in Career College Administration (Online)
  • Joint Master of Science in Education and Master of Business Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Allied Health Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - College Administration (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education - Online Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Adult Education (Online)
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Accelerated Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Adult Learning and Workforce Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Athletic Coaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - General Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - International Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - PK-12 Principal Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Education (MEd) - Special Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - General Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teacher (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching (Online)
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership (Online)
  • PhD in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Capella University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Master of Science in School Psychology (Online)
  • PhD in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • PsyD in School Psychology (Online)

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Pacific Oaks College

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (online)
  • Master of Arts in Human Development (Online)

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University of Southern California - Rossier School of Education

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - TESOL (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Teaching Credential (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Special Education Credential (Online)
  • Master of Education in Advanced Instruction (Online)
  • Master's of Education - Gifted Education Certificate (Online)
  • Master's of Education with Special Education Credential (Online)

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University of Phoenix

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Education/Elementary Education
  • Continuing Education for Educators

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Ashford University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education - Infant and Toddler Care (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education Administration (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Early Childhood Education Administration - Infant and Toddler Care (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Education Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - English Language Learner Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Instructional Design (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Library Science and Media (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - English (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - History (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Military Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Political Science and Government (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - History (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Social Science - Political Science (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Assessment & Measurement (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Child Development (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Culturally Responsive Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Curriculum & Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Distance Learning (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Education & Public Policy (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Educational Technology Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - English Language Learner (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Family and Community Services (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Higher Education (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Library and Media (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Mathematics Instruction (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Reading Literacy (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - School Leadership in the 21sts Century
  • Master of Arts - Education - Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Education - Teacher Leader (Online)
  • Master of Arts - Teaching & Learning with Technology - Online Educator (Online)

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Educational Assessment and Evaluation (Online)
  • BSPY - Child Development (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development (Online)
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Online)
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Higher Ed (Online)
  • MSE - Instructional Technology - Adult Learning/Organizations (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (for Aspiring Teachers Grades 5-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Administration and Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - College Teaching and Learning (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Online College Teaching (Online)
  • Master of Science in Higher Education - Student Affairs (Online)

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United States University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MA in Education - Administration and Leadership (Online)
  • MA in Education - Early Childhood Development (Online)
  • MA in Education - Higher Education Administration (Online)
  • MA in Education - Special Education (Online)

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Forbes School of Business

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor's - Organizational Management: Early Childhood Education (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Organizational Management: Education (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Organizational Management: History (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Organizational Management: Liberal Studies (Online)
  • Bachelor's - Organizational Management: Political Science (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Course-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (KAM-based) (Online)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (Mixed-Model) (Online)

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American InterContinental University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd - Adult Education and Training (Online)
  • MEd - Classroom Integration of Technology (Online)
  • MEd - Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • MEd - Educational Assessment and Evaluation (Online)
  • MEd - Instructional Design (Online)
  • MEd - Leadership of Educational Organizations (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Teaching & Learning

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Western Governors University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) (Online)
  • B.A. Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • B.A. Science (5-9) (Online)
  • B.A. Special Education (Online)
  • Endorsement Prep Program in ELL (PK-12) (Online)
  • Endorsement Preparation Program in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. English Language Learning (PK-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Mathematics Education (K-6, 5-9, or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Biological Science) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Chemistry) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Geosciences) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-12 Physics) (Online)
  • M.A. Science Education (5-9) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching (K-8)
  • M.A. Teaching --Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • M.A. Teaching --Social Science (5-12) (Online)
  • M.Ed. Instructional Design (Online)
  • M.Ed. Learning and Technology (Online)
  • M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (Online)
  • M.S. Educational Leadership (Online)
  • M.S. Special Education (K-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm (K-8) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Math (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Science (5-9 or 5-12) (Online)
  • Post-bacc Teacher Prep Prgm --Social Science (5-12) (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • M.Ed in Career and Technical Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Adolescent Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Bible Literacy (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Career and Technical Education Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ECE (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - ESOL (K-Adult) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - English Language Development (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Equity, Ethics, and Justice
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Science (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Social Studies (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - Teacher Leadership (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - The Inclusive Classroom (SPED) (Online)
  • M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction - eLearning/Technology Education (Online)
  • M.Ed in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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American University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Online)

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Abilene Christian University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education in Higher Education (Online)

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University of the Rockies

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MA in Education
  • MA in Education - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • MA in Education - Distance Learning
  • MA in Psychology - Educational Leadership
  • PhD in Education
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • PhD in Education - Distance Learning
  • PsyD - Educational Leadership

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University of the Southwest

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MSEd - Curriculum and Instruction
  • MSEd - Early Childhood
  • MSEd - Education Administration
  • MSEd - Special Education
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: Bilingual
  • Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction: TESOL

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies

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Purdue University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology (Online)

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Saint Mary's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (Online)
  • Master of Arts in Special Education

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Lewis University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education - Student Services (Online)

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Strayer University

Campuses: Columbia, North Charleston, Greenville

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd - Adult Education and Development
  • MEd - Instructional Technology
  • MEd - Teacher Leadership
  • MEd - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

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*Teacher Salary Information For 2014—2015

Median Elementary School Teacher Salary: $53,090 Median Middle School Teacher Salary: $53,430 Median High School Teacher Salary: $55,050 Average Administrator Salary: $87,760 Median Elementary, Middle and High School Principals: $87,760
On average, teachers with masters degrees will earn $8,000 to $10,000 more each year than those with only a bachelors degree.

Consequently, in order to attain a position as an administrator, a masters, PhD or Ed D. is required.

On average, Administrators will earn around $30,000 more each year than their hard working, teacher cohorts!

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook