Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) Program
Public Education Partners (PEP)

GATE Pools for the 2022-2023 school year are now open!


The Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) program is an exciting, innovative, pathway to a career in teaching. GATE is the first district-based, job-embedded alternative certification program in South Carolina and is designed to increase the number of exceptional math, science, English, social studies, special education, world language and business teachers in Greenville County middle level and secondary schools.

In partnership with Public Education Partners (PEP), GATE provides rigorous preparation in best educational practices to selected individuals who have a strong commitment to teach and a bachelor’s degree with a major or an emphasis in the specific teaching field. The program fully integrates content, best teaching practices and professional knowledge within a supportive, authentic school teaching experience.

The program includes:

  • A three year teaching commitment as a Greenville County Schools (GCS) classroom teacher
  • Teacher salary and benefits
  • Cohort Model
  • Summer institutes and school year seminars specifically designed for GATE teachers and taught by district personnel and expert educators
  • On-site, intensive coaching and mentoring from a school support team
  • Active participation in professional learning communities
  • A professional teaching certificate upon successful completion of the program

Potential candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree, with a major or an emphasis in the specific teaching field, from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Evidence of passing score(s) on the PRAXIS specialty area content examination(s) as required by the South Carolina State Department of Education (SC SDE)

GATE Testimonial

Angel McGowan | Math Teacher, Mauldin High
Angel McGowan | Math Teacher, Mauldin High

I have always wanted to be a teacher, but decided to pursue a math degree in college. When I graduated, my college advisor told me about the GATE program. GATE provided an amazing opportunity to pursue my passion of teaching. I love teaching and I love my students! As a teacher, I get to influence the lives of each student in my classroom each day. I believe that it is my purpose to do everything I can to encourage my students to be outstanding citizens in society.

Angel McGowan, Math Teacher, Berea Middle

GATE Testimonial

Michael White | Math Teacher, Greenville High
Michael White | Math Teacher, Greenville High

I decided to pursue GATE because I found myself uninspired by my work as an accountant. I wanted to figure out how I could make a difference with my work life. Now I can say my worst day as a high school math teacher is better than my best day as an accountant. My students inspire me to be the best at my job each day.

Michael White | Math Teacher, Greenville High