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.


  • Cohort model
  • Intensive involvement of effective clinical mentors, school administrators, instructional coaches and supervisors
  • Opportunities for active participation in professional learning communities; within the school and the community contexts
  • A curriculum framework aligned to GCS Performance Standards, taught by district personnel, focused on student learning and current educational research and applied to the GATE Teaching Resident’s classroom practices
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Professional, rewarding experiences that lead to long-term employment in the district


  • Employment as a full-time teacher in Greenville County Schools
  • Low-cost tuition
  • Select number of GATE Fellowships*
  • Coursework designed for GATE Teaching Residents
  • 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

*Fellowship availability is dependent upon external funding