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 is a scholarship program that assists 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. Sponsored by the SCDE‘s Office of Special Education Services, John R. Payne, Director, CREATE provides financial support for tuition and textbook costs.

News for 2016-2017

  • CREATE begins Year 14 operation with the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Individuals employed in SC public/charter schools and SCDE-operated agencies holding full-time positions are eligible, including Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Non-instructional Staff in local schools, and central office Staff in non-leadership positions.
  • Add-on licensure available in Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional Disabilities, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual/Mental Disabilities, Multi-categorical Special Education, Severe Disabilities, and Visual Impairments.
  • Alternative licensure available in Emotional Disabilities through SCDE’s Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE) for individuals holding degrees in psychology or sociology.
  • Initial licensure in Special Education available through on-campus Bachelor’s degree programs at Columbia College, Converse College, Lander University, and SC State University who offer late-afternoon, evening, and summer courses.
  • 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, USC Columbia, and USC Upstate. FMU’s MAT in LD is a fully distance/online program available State-wide to those not within a reasonable driving distance to one of the other colleges.
  • Advanced preparation in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) available through Master’s degree programs at SC State University and USC Columbia. USCC’s Master’s degree in Communication Disorders (MCD) program in SLP is fully online and available State-wide and nationally. SCSU’s program is on-campus.
  • 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: 2003-2016

  • Program Completers: 940
  • School districts represented: 79 (of 84)
  • SCDE-operated programs represented: 3 (of 10)

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