• TeachCharleston: A Connection to Teaching in Charleston County


    TeachCharleston Charleston County School District (CCSD) offers TeachCharleston as an opportunity for bright, talented individuals to pursue a South Carolina teacher certification in middle level or secondary math, science, or English. 

    The three-year job-embedded teacher development program provides training and professional learning in a cohort setting to prepare and support selected participants for classrooms in CCSD.

    Eligibility Requirements


    The following is an overview of eligibility requirements for the application process for TeachCharleston.

     

    • Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 21 credit hours in math, science, or English;
    • Transcripts with a minimum overall 2.75 GPA OR completion of all required coursework with a minimum grade equivalency of “C”;
    • Writing sample;
    • Passing score on the content area assessment(s).

     

    TeachCharleston Application Process

     

    Step 1 

    Prior to beginning the online application, please complete the TeachCharleston Interest Survey.

    Step 2 

    Access the South Carolina Department of Education's (SCDE) website to complete the Steps to Apply for Certification. Indicate you are seeking certification through Teach Charleston in the online application through the CATS portal.


    Step 3

    Access Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Online Application system to begin the application process. Online applications may only be submitted once per educator but may be updated through the application system. 

    Upload the following documents to your CCSD application:

     

    Step 4

    Eligible candidates are considered for TeachCharleston Fellowship through an Initial Interview, and Writing Prompt. Eligible candidates will be contacted via email for appointments. 

    Upon successful completion of the selection process, eligible candidates will be issued a TeachCharleston Statement of Eligibility (TCSOE) from CCSD. 

    Employment with CCSD

    After receiving a TCSOE from CCSD, applicants are eligible to seek employment in CCSD as a TeachCharleston Fellow. 

    TeachCharleston Fellows may find it helpful to review job availability through the CCSD application system, Applitrack. Fellows are required to secure employment with CCSD prior to participation in TeachCharleston Basic Training I. 

    TeachCharleston Fellows who are hired for a teaching position with CCSD will be asked to complete a Confirmation of Employment (COE). The COE is shared with the South Carolina Department of Education for certification purposes.

    In addition to a one-year employment contract with CCSD, TeachCharleston Fellows also submit the TeachCharleston Agreement to Human Resources. 

    TeachCharleston Fellows – Program Overview


    TeachCharleston is a three-year program. The following overview includes information about each year of the program. The timeline provided begins after employment is confirmed. 

    Academic Year One.
    Fellows attend and successfully complete the following as indicated:
    Basic Training I – 10-day training in July
    Summer Institute I – 5-day training in August
    Monthly Fellowships 
    Quarterly Seminars 

    Academic Year Two.
    Fellows attend and successfully complete the following as indicated:
    Basic Training II – 10-day training in June
    Summer Institute II – 3-day training in August
    TIPS (Teacher Induction & Preparation Support) Program Monthly Cohorts
    Quarterly Seminars
    PLT exam

    Academic Year Three.
    Fellows attend and successfully complete the following as indicated:
    Summer Institute III – 1-day training in August
    District-Approved Professional Learning Opportunities 
    Request for Professional Certificate

    Additional Resources


    Cohort 1 Calendar

    Successful completion of TeachCharleston Year 1 is determined by successful completion of Basic Training I, Summer Seminar I, Monthly Fellowships, and Quarterly Seminars. Fellows must be in attendance at all sessions.
    • Basic Training I – July 9-13 and July 16-20, 2018
    • Summer Seminar I – July 30-August 3, 2018
    • Monthly Fellowships – September 24, November 26, 2018 and January 28, March 18, and May 20, 2019
    • Quarterly Seminars – October 3 and December 5, 2018; February 6 and April 3, 2019
    • Basic Training II – June 10-14 and June 17-21, 2019

    Cohort 2 Calendar

    Successful completion of TeachCharleston Year 1 is determined by successful completion of Basic Training I, Summer Seminar I, Monthly Fellowships, and Quarterly Seminars. Fellows must be in attendance at all sessions.

    • TeachCharleston Fellowship Orientation -- June 26, 2019
    • Basic Training I -- July 8-12 and July 15-19, 2019
    • Back-to-School Summer Seminar -- July 29-August 2, 2019
    • Monthly Fellowships -- TBD
    • Quarterly Seminars -- TBD