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

Mission of the Program

SC-CREATE is a scholarship assistance program sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education Office of Special Education Services (Rebecca Davis, Director). Since 2003, the mission of the program is to increase the number of highly qualified, credentialed professionals in SC public/charter schools and SCDE-operated programs who serve the needs of students with disabilities. Through a collaborative partnership with SC colleges, SC-CREATE underwrites course tuition and textbook costs for individuals pursuing add-on, alternative, initial and advanced licensure programs in special education and related services. Recognized by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education's (NASDSE) Personnel Improvement Center as a model, grow-your-own program, the American Council on Rural Special Education honored SC-CREATE with their  Exemplary Special Education Program for In-service/Pre-Service Preparation award in 2015.

News for 2018-2019

  • SC-CREATE begins Year 16 operation with the 2018-19 school year.
  • All full-time employees in SC public/charter schools and SCDE-operated programs are eligible for SC-CREATE scholarship funds, including teachers, teacher assistants, non-instructional staff, and central office staff (in non-leadership positions).
  • Scholarship funds (tuition waivers) are placed on student accounts at colleges where participants are enrolled. Out-of-pocket payment is not required. SC-CREATE reimburses for textbooks and Praxis II exam registration fees (initial licensure only).
  • Behavior Interventionist (add-on program): USC Columbia offers a program of online coursework that leads to Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) national certification. Program open only to individuals holding a master's degree. School district nomination required.

    Eligibility criteria for a nominee
    (all three required):

    • Masters degree in special education (or related field)
    • SC educator license in special education (any area)
    • Teaching experience in special education
  • Orientation & Mobility Specialist (add-on program): USC Upstate offers a program of online and campus (summers) coursework that leads to Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) national certification. School district nomination required.

    Eligibility criteria for a nominee
    (all three required):

    • Masters degree in special education (or related field)
    • Valid SC educator license in visual impairments
    • Teaching experience in special education
  • School Psychologist (Specialist degree): Francis Marion University offers a distance/online Specialist degree program that leads to advanced State licensure in school psychology open to individuals State-wide. School district nomination required.

    Eligibility criteria for a nominee
    (all three required):

    • Bachelors or Masters degree in special education
    • Valid SC educator license in special education
    • Teaching experience in special education
  • Secondary Transition Specialist (add-on program): SCDE prescribes a program of coursework that leads to add-on licensure as a secondary transition specialist. All coursework is available online through USC Columbia. School district nomination required.

    Eligibility criteria for a nominee
    (all three required):

    • Masters degree in special education (or related field)
    • SC educator license in special education (any area)
    • Teaching experience in special education
  • Special Education Teacher (add-on program): SCDE prescribes programs of coursework leading to add-on licensure in teaching Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Early Childhood Special Education, Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Multi-categorical Special Education, Severe Disabilities, and Visual Impairments. All individuals who hold a valid, current SC educator license (instructional areas) are eligible.
  • Special Education Teacher (alternative program): SCDE prescribes a program of three graduate courses, all available online, for teaching ED through the Program of Alternative Certification for Educators (PACE)-Emotional Disabilities. Only individuals who hold a degree in psychology or sociology and who do not hold a SC educator license are eligible.
  • Special Education Teacher (Bachelor's degree): Columbia College and Converse College offer a Bachelor's degree program in special education that includes a combination of online and campus (late-afternoon/evenings/summers) coursework that leads to initial State licensure in ED, ID, and Multi-categorical. USC Aiken offers a distance/online Bachelor's degree program that leads to initial State licensure in Multi-categorical available to individuals State-wide who do not reside within a reasonable driving distance to one of the other colleges. All individuals who do not hold a Bachelor's degree are eligible.
  • Special Education Teacher (MAT degree): Converse College and USC Columbia offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in special education that includes a combination of online and campus (late-afternoon/evening/summer) coursework that leads to initial State licensure in ED, ID, LD, and Severe Disabilities. USC Upstate offers a distance/online MAT program that leads to initial State licensure in VI. Francis Marion University offers a distance/online MAT program that leads to initial State licensure in LD. FMU's program is available only to individuals State-wide who do not reside within a reasonable driving distance to one of the other colleges. All individuals who hold a Bachelor's degree in a non-education field and who do not hold a SC educator license are eligible.
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (Master's degree): South Carolina State University offers a program of campus (late-afternoon/evening/summer) coursework that leads to a Master of Arts degree in SLP and advanced State licensure. USC Columbia offers a program of distance/online coursework that leads to a Master of Communication Disorders degree and advanced State licensure for individuals State-wide who do not reside with a reasonable driving distance to SCSU. All individuals who hold a Bachelor's degree in any field are eligible.

 

Program Completers

Sharon Beeks

Multi-cat Teacher
York 03 District

 

Amber Bess

LD Teacher
Florence 01 District

 

Shakobie Butler

Multi-cat Teacher
Berkeley 01 District

 

Kelley King

ED Teacher
Sumter 01 District

 

Charmaine Moore

Speech-Lang. Pathologist
Spartanburg 05 District

 

Patricia Nunnally

ED Teacher
Florence 01 District

 

Merrick Owen

LD Teacher
Chester 01 District

 

Mandi Parker

LD Teacher
SC Connections Academy

 

Chris Rushton

ED Teacher
Edgefield 01 District

 

Rico Salliewhite

Multi-cat Teacher
McCormick 01 District

 

Jennifer Scogin

LD Teacher
Greenville 01 District

 

Ashley Sealey

LD Teacher
York Prep Charter

 

Jeremy Sowells

ED Teacher
York 03 District

 

Amy Thrower

Multi-cat Teacher
Orangeburg 05 District

 

Carmen Tolbert

Multi-cat Teacher
Abbeville 60 District

 

Key Stats: 2003-2017

  • Program Completers:
    1,025
  • School districts represented:
    83 (of 84)
  • SCDE-operated programs
    represented: 3 (of 10)