Addressing teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention challenges requires innovation, system redesign efforts, and shared strategy accomplished with partners across P20 education. 

CTQ is a proud partner in the Carolina Collaborative for Alternative Preparation (CarolinaCAP), a non-degree program leading to full licensure for teacher candidates. This unique collaboration also includes the University of South Carolina, Voorhees College, and 17 South Carolina rural school districts. Together we deliver a high quality alternative pathway to teaching that includes graduate coursework, competency-based individualized learning experiences through micro-credentials, and tailored support through coaching. In alignment with CTQ’s DEI commitment, the learning and leading opportunities offered by CarolinaCAP are designed to meet the diverse needs of candidates so that they in turn can meet the diverse needs of students and their community. Personalized and individualized professional learning, feedback, and job-embedded growth opportunities are key tenets of this program and the work that we do. Learn more from the short video and the quarterly report below. 

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Applicants from diverse backgrounds, locations, and life experiences in the preparation pipeline


Percent of candidates identify as Black


Candidates launched and teaching in South Carolina classrooms


District partners spanning rural and urban contexts with a focus on underserved communities

CarolinaCAP informational video