Become a Teacher in South Carolina

At $48,375* in 2013-14, South Carolina teacher salaries rose 0.10% over the previous year's pay. 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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Grand Canyon University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • B.S. in Early Childhood (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Math (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education with Credential (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Elementary Education - Science (Leads to initial teacher licensure) (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - English (Online)
  • B.S. in Secondary Education - Math (Online)
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - K-12 Leadership (Online)
  • B.A. in Christian Studies (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Christian Leadership (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Pastoral Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Urban Ministry (Online)
  • M.A. in Christian Studies - Youth Ministry (Online)

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Northcentral University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • 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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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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Ashford University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • 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)
  • Master of Arts - Teaching & Learning with Technology - Online Educator (Online)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Applied Linguistics (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 - 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)

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Kaplan University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

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

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Full Sail University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology

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Post University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) (Online)
  • Master of Education - Instructional Design and Technology (Online)
  • Master of Education - Teaching and Learning (Online)

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Argosy University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education

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Our Lady of the Lake University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Special Education (Online)

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Antioch University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Individualized Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Studies: Literature and Creative Writing Concentration

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Graceland University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • MEd in Mild/Moderate Special Education with Licensure (Online)
  • MEd in Technology Integration (Online)
  • Master of Education in Differentiated Instruction (Online)

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Walden University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child Development (Online)

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South University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Ministry (Online)

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Saint Joseph's University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Graduate Certificate Instructional Technology Specialist (Online)
  • MS in Education of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing w/PA Hearing Impaired K-12 (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education (with Wilson Reading Certification) (Online)
  • Master of Science in Special Education with Autism spectrum Disorders' Endorsement (Online)
  • Online Accelerated Teacher Certification (Online)
  • Pennsylvania Hearing Impaired K-12 Certification (Online)
  • Special Education Certification (Online)

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Concordia University

Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Ed.D in Educational Administration (Online)
  • Ed.D in Higher Education (Online)
  • Ed.D in Teacher Leadership (Online)

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South University

Campuses: Columbia

Degrees Offered:

  • Doctor of Ministry

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"I decided to go to graduate school and earn my Master of Arts in Education because I am inspired by new knowledge. I feel in order to perform my job to the best of my ability, I need to keep up with current practices and trends in the field of education."
- Sara Marvez -- 6th grade science teacher

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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