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 (SCDE) seeks to grow a highly qualified special education teacher and related services workforce in South Carolina public and charter schools. Through a collaborative partnership with local school districts and 13 of the State’s leading colleges and universities, CREATE assists qualified individuals in obtaining (a) add-on, alternative, or initial licensure in special education, (b) advanced certification in speech-language pathology, or (c) national certification as a board certified behavior analyst. Course scholarships provide financial support for tuition and textbook costs. CREATE is funded by the SCDE‘s Office of Special Education Services, John R. Payne, State Director.

News for 2015-2016

  • CREATE begins Year 13 operation with the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Full time employees in SC public/charter school and SCDE-sponsored agencies holding instructional, non-instructional, and staff positions (schools or central office) are eligible.
  • Add-on and initial licensure is available in Emotional Disabilities (ED), Hearing Impairments (HI), Learning Disabilities (LD), Intellectual/Mental Disabilities (I/MD), Multi-categorical SpEd (MC), Severe Disabilities (SEV), and Visual Impairments (VI).
  • Add-on licensure is available in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).
  • Initial licensure in Special Education is available through on-campus bachelor’s degree programs at Coastal Carolina University, Columbia College, Lander University, and SC State University. Late-afternoon/evening/summer courses offered.
  • Initial licensure in Special Education also available through master of arts in teaching (MAT) degree programs at College of Charleston, Converse College, Francis Marion University, and USC Columbia. FMU’s MAT in LD is available State-wide as a distance learning program.
  • Advanced preparation in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) through master’s degree programs available at SC State University and USC Columbia. USCC’s Master’s in Communication Disorders (MCD) program in SLP is available State-wide and nationally as a distance learning program; SCSU’s program is on-campus only.
  • Advanced preparation for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) national credential is available as an add-on at USC Columbia. Late-afternoon/evening/summer courses offered on-campus.

Success: 2003-2015

  • Course scholarships awarded: 3,076
  • Participants enrolled: 1,113
  • Program Completers: 747
  • School districts represented: 79 (of 84)

Program Completers

Christine Amond

LD Licensure (Add-on)
Greenville 01 District


Amber Bess

LD Licensure (MAT)
Darlington 01 District


Dr. Angela Prince

LD Licensure (Add-on)
Greenville 01 District


Carmen Tolbert

MC Licensure (BS degree)
Abbeville 01 District


Belinda Thomas

LD Licensure (MAT degree)
Sumter 01 District


Rico Salliewhite

MC Licensure (BS degree)
McCormick 01 District


Charmaine Moore

SLP Certification (MCD degree)
Spartanburg 05 District