Francis Marion University currently has one of the largest Teacher Cadet Programs in the State of South Carolina. 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 preparatory 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.” Dr. Krystin Williams serves as the Teacher Cadet Director for the School of Education at Francis Marion University, and visits each Teacher Cadet class during the year for a special presentation to each cadet class.  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 the advantages of attending FMU, college admission in general and the financial aid processes and opportunities.

We currently partner with the following area high schools:


Darlington High School

Dillon High School

Hartsville High School

Kingstree High School

Lamar High School

Latta High School

Marion High School

Marlboro County High School

Mayo High School for Science, Math, and Technology

Mullins High School

Pee Dee Academey

South Florence High School

West Florence High School

Wilson High School