2019 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 59 - Education
Chapter 156 - Child Early Reading Development And Education Program
Section 59-156-170. Classroom requirements; lead teacher; education assistants.
(A) Every classroom providing services to four-year-old children established pursuant to this chapter must have a qualified lead teacher and an education assistant as needed to maintain an adult to child ratio of 1:10.
(B)(1) In classrooms in private centers, the lead teacher must have at least a two-year degree in early childhood education or a related field and who is enrolled and is demonstrating progress toward the completion of a teacher education program within four years.
(2) In classrooms in public schools, the lead teacher must meet state requirements pertaining to certification.
(C) All education assistants in private centers and public schools must have the minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent, and at least two years of experience working with children under five years old. The assistant must have completed the Early Childhood Development Credential (ECD) 101 or enroll and complete this course within twelve months of hire. Providers may request waivers to the ECD 101 requirement for those assistants who have demonstrated sufficient experience in teaching children five years old and younger. The providers must request this waiver in writing to First Steps or the Department of Education, as applicable, and provide appropriate documentation as to the qualifications of the teaching assistant.
HISTORY: 2014 Act No. 284 (S.516), Section 2, eff June 11, 2014.