Leading the Way 

Columbia College is the only higher education institution in South Carolina to develop an alternative teacher certification pathway. The Alternative Pathways Educator Certification program, called APEC, is ideal for career changers and employees at our partnering school districts – Richland One and Fairfield. The APEC pathway is a two-year certification program that prepares students with the coursework, classroom experiences, and mentoring support they need to become successful teachers.