Mission of the Program
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) seeks to grow a highly qualified and effective 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 largely by the SCDE’s Office of Special Education Services, John Payne, Director, with supplemental funding provided by SCDE’s Office of Instructional Practices and Evaluations, Dr. Briana Timmerman, Director.
News for 2014-2015
- CREATE begins Year 12 operation with the 2014-2015 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.
- Course scholarships awarded: 3,076
- Participants enrolled: 1,113
- Program Completers: 747
- School districts represented: 79 (of 82)