Application Disclaimer

It is important that you read the following information in its entirety before beginning your application with FACES.

FACES is currently processing applications for the 2024-2025 academic year!



Potential Costs: Though FACES does not directly collect fees, in order to submit your application, you will be required to upload a course by course evaluation ($150-$275) from a NACES or AICE approved agency and criminal background check (cost varies by country) to prove eligibility for the J-1 visa.

Information Regarding Submission of the Online Application:

Please scan and have the following ready in digital format. These are required in order to submit your application. You will be asked to upload them when submitting your application. They may be in any digital image format (.jpg, .pdf, .tif, .etc). Please do not exceed 5 megabytes per file. An application submitted without accompanying documents cannot be processed.

  • Photo of yourself – your photo should be a head shot of you smiling
  • All university diplomas, both original and English translation if the original is not already in English
  • All university transcripts, both original and English translation if the original is not already in English
  • Front and back copies of your driver’s license
  • Proof of ALL teaching experience since receiving your Bachelors degree. Click here to download the "Verification of Teaching Experience" form, required by our state's Department of Education to be completed by Payroll/Human Resource personnel at each employer.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation: Letters without the following requirements will not be accepted: the letters should be dated, signed by an official, and on official school stationary.
    1. One letter must be from your current Principal or immediate supervisor.
    2. Second letter must be from your former Principal or former Supervisor, if you have one, or if your current position is your first teaching position, the letter must come from your current Assistant Principal.
    3. Third letter must be from your current Department Chairperson or Guidance Counselor.
  • Picture page of your passport
  • Course-by-Course Evaluation (also known as Foreign Credential Evaluation): Our state's department of education requires the course by course credential evaluation from a NACES-approved or AICE-approved agency to confirm that applicants’ degrees are equivalent to American degrees in education. There are several NACES and AICE approved agencies that you can use to complete the course by course credential evaluation. We highly suggest applicants from Cameroon choose NACES-approved agency, World Education Services (WES), to complete their course-by-course evaluation. 

Other Important Information about Applying with FACES

  1. All communication regarding your application will be by e-mail. Please be sure to give a valid e-mail address and check your e-mail regularly.
  2. The ability to drive a car is an absolute prerequisite to be accepted in the FACES program. If you do not have a driver's license and at least one year of safe driving history, please do not apply. We will be happy to accept your application after you have fulfilled this requirement.
  3. The ability to speak English at a fairly high level is absolutely essential.
  4. FACES does not charge any application fees; should you be asked by anyone to pay a fee know that they are not affiliated with FACES and report them to
  5. In order to obtain a teaching certificate in South Carolina, you must have a university degree with a major in the subject you will teach. Generally, a university major will consist of at least 15 courses in the subject for which you are making your application. Your degree must also have a teaching component, containing several courses in Pedagogy or Education. For example: PLEASE UNDERSTAND: A strong interest or even experience in teaching is not sufficient to obtain a teaching certificate. You must have the appropriate degree, along with teacher training from a university.
  • To teach Math you must have a Math Education Degree; an Engineering or Accounting Degree is not acceptable.
  • To teach Special Education, you must have a degree in Special Education; a degree in Education is not sufficient.
  • To teach Spanish, you must have a degree in Spanish Teaching or a degree in English Teaching if you are a native Spanish Speaker. 
  • The education component should include at least 6 courses similar to the following:
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Educational Psychology
    • History of Education
    • Philosophy of education
    • Instructional Technology
    • Curriculum Design
    • Assessment Strategies
    • Teaching Methods
    • Student Teaching
    • Techniques for Teaching in one's subject
    • Pedagogical Courses

J2 Dependents: Based on the cost of living and access to quality daycare for young children, FACES follows the criteria that candidates with children under the age of five will not be considered until the youngest dependent is five years of age by September 1st of a US academic year, unless the candidate does not plan for the dependent to come to SC until age five or older. Additionally, FACES does not allow candidates to bring more than four dependents with them to SC. J2 dependents are limited to spouse and non-married children under the age of 21.

Application and Placement Annual Cycle (September – September):

Applications are processed from September 1st - June 30th.

New Teachers are welcomed to South Carolina from July 1st - August 31st.

Completed applications consist of:

  1. All requested documents have been uploaded, reviewed and approved by Application Team Members.
  2. Submission of a self-made video (questions are emailed to you following an initial review of your application and subsequent WhatsApp phone call with a FACES staff member).

Placement season typically begins March 1st and runs through mid-June, though some districts are requesting interviews with Approved Candidates as early as January.

Please understand that FACES may not respond to applicants who do not satisfy the requirements explained on this page.

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