Francis Marion University’s School of Education offers a wide range of academic programs designed for aspiring teachers, experienced educators and organizational leaders at various stages in their careers. Our programs offer exceptional academic preparation that reflects our guiding principles of Leadership, Learning, Accountability, and Diversity.

Undergraduate Education Programs at FMU

Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) provides preparation for teaching in preschool, kindergarten, and primary grades. The Early Childhood certification permits teaching of grades PK – 3 in elementary schools in South Carolina. Through coursework and field experiences, the early childhood education curriculum provides multiple opportunities for candidates to obtain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the South Carolina Department of Education.

For more information about this program, contact: Dr. Jeannie Gunther, Coordinator

Elementary Education

The Elementary Education track provides preparation for teaching in public school grades 2-6. Students move through the Elementary Education program as a cohort, taking prescribed courses during sequenced semesters. Each candidate is required to fulfill at least 100 hours of observation/direct teaching at the elementary level prior to their student internship. Students are provided practical experience with children of different age levels and in different types of public school settings.

For more information on the Elementary Education program, contact: Dr. Kimberly McCuiston or Mrs. Lindsay Sturkie

Middle Level Education

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Level Education provides preparation for teaching in grades 5 through 8. Our students can choose from any two of the following areas of concentration: Science, Social Studies, English, and Math.

For more information on the Middle Level Education program, contact: Dr. Kimberly McCuiston or Mrs. Lindsay Sturkie

Secondary Education

The Secondary Education Program prepares candidates for teaching in public school grades 9-12. Programs in the subject areas of Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Comprehensive Science, and Comprehensive Social Studies provide subject-matter expertise and a comprehensive and balanced liberal arts background. Professional requirements of the curriculum offer several semesters of public school experience at the level of individual candidate interaction and for on-site experimentation with methods and materials of curriculum in a chosen certification area.

There are two Secondary Education programs offered at FMU: Secondary – Math & Secondary – English

For more information on the Secondary Education Math program, contact: Dr. Sharon O’Kelley

For more information on the Secondary Education English program, contact: Dr. Matt Nelson

Art Education

 

Our Bachelor of Arts – Art Education program has trained most of South Carolina’s K-12 art teachers. The major is an intense combination of art studio, art history and teacher education courses.