Greenville Alternative Teacher Education (GATE) Program


The mission of the GATE Program is to prepare, support and retain highly committed, talented individuals as outstanding educators in Greenville County Schools.

Content Areas

The GATE Program currently offers certification in the following areas

  • Middle Level Math
  • Secondary Math
  • Middle Level Science
  • Secondary Science
  • Middle Level English
  • Secondary English
  • Middle Level Social Studies
  • Secondary Social Studies
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Special Education


  • Employment as a full-time teacher in Greenville County Schools
  • Low-cost tuition
  • Coursework designed for GATE Teachers
  • Intensive summer pre-service training and ongoing, focused professional development
  • A cohort model providing support and networking opportunities
  • An individualized Teacher Support Team
  • Mentors who are specifically trained to work with novice teachers
  • Onsite support throughout the year
  • Curriculum taught by experts in their field; educators who are knowledgeable and passionate about the art and science of teaching

Cost Information

SC State Department of Education Certification Costs (subject to change)

SC SDE application and certification




PRAXIS Exam (approximate cost depending on exam)


Total Upfront costs


Principals of Teaching and Learning Exam (year 1)


Total State Certification Costs


GATE Program Costs

Approximate Cost for Tuition, Coaching, Coursework, etc.


Less Public Education Partners Grant* and District Contribution


Total Participant Cost*


SC Teacher Forgiveness Loan - voluntary
($750 reimbursement per year for 3 years)**


Actual GATE Program Cost


*Cost of GATE Program comes from salary deduction during the first two years.
**Dependent on state funding. Reimbursement made directly to GATE Teacher.