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

Mission of the Project

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 Exceptional Children, John Payne, Interim Director, with supplemental funding provided by SCDE’s Office of Instructional Practices and Evaluations, Dr. Briana Timmerman, Director.

News for 2013-2014

  • CREATE begins Year 11 operation with the 2013-2014 school year.
  • Public and charter school employees holding full-time instructional or non-instructional positions are eligible for CREATE.
  • Anderson University joins 13-member CREATE college consortium.
  • Add-on and initial licensure 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).
  • Francis Marion University launches new distance Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree with initial licensure in LD; all course work is offered online or on-site; first cohort of 18 participants begins Spring 14 semester.
  • Advanced preparation available in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) through master’s programs at 2 centers – SC State University and USC Columbia; USCC offers a 100% online program (Master’s in Communication Disorders, MCD) in SLP to a State-wide audience.
  • Assistance is available to individuals seeking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst(BCBA) national credential through USC Columbia; only on-campus courses are available.

Success: 2003-2013

  • Course scholarships awarded: 3,076
  • Participants enrolled: 1,113
  • Program Completers: 747
  • School districts represented: 79 (of 82)

Program Completers

Christine Amond

LD Licensure (Add-on)
Greenville 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