During the 2014-2015 school year, the FMU School of Education serves as the college partner for 18 area high school Teacher Cadet classes.  Teacher Cadets must be high school juniors or seniors, have a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4 point scale, be enrolled in a college prepatory curriculum, submit essays on why they want to be in the Teacher Cadet class, and be recommended in writing by five instructors.

In addition to receiving honors credit for the Teacher Cadet class at their high school, these students are also concurrently enrolled at Francis Marion University and receive three semester hours of college credit for EDUC 190, “The Student, The School, and The Community.”  Ms. June Strickland, Teacher Cadet Coordinator for the School of Education, visits each Teacher Cadet class during the year for a special presentation to each cadet class.  Ms. Caroline Watts and Ms. Donna Davis assist with administrative duties and event planning that contribute to the success of the program. FMU Admissions counselors also visit each Teacher Cadet class during the year.  In addition to registering the Cadets for their university credit hours, the Admissions counselors also answer questions regarding college admission in general, financial aid processes and opportunities, and advantages of attending FMU.

We currently partner with the following area high schools:




Aynor High School Aynor Ms. Tamria Jamison

C. E. Murray High School


Ms. Vera Johnson

Creek Bridge High School Marion Mr. Jimmy Boatwright
Crestwood High School Sumter Ms. Patricia Neal
Dillon High School Dillon Ms. Kara Jones

East Clarendon High School


 Mrs. Karen Creech

Hartsville High School


 Ms. Jane A. Sligh

Hemingway High School Hemingway Ms. Shauntae Murphy

Kingstree Senior High School


Ms. Barbara Chandler

Lakewood High School Sumter Ms. Lisa Sanderson
Marion High School Marion Ms. Arnetha Davis

Marlboro County High School


Ms.Penny Oxendine

Mayo High School for Math, Science, & Technology


 Ms. Jennifer Blankenship

Mullins High School Mullins Ms. Erika Draper

South Florence High School


 Mr. Ross Hill

Timmonsville High School


Ms. Connie Thomas

West Florence High School  Florence Ms. Martha Strait
Wilson High School Florence Ms. Lenora Rivers Davis


The highlight of each semester for Teacher Cadets and their instructors is College Day, a fun-filled day of activities on the Francis Marion campus and a special luncheon in their honor.  On College Day, Cadets have their FMU identification cards made, tour various parts of the campus, and participate in group activities.  The current SC Teacher of the Year always serves as the main speaker for the opening session.