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. Polly Haselden serves as the Director for the School of Education, and visits each Teacher Cadet class during the year for a special presentation to each cadet class. Ms. Velda Stone assists 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 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:

Lamar High School, Latta High School, Dillon High School, Lake City High School, Marion High School, Marlboro County High School, Timmonsville High School, Lakewood High School, Crestwood High School, Hartsville High School, Sumter High School, Mullins High School, Scott’s Branch High School, South Florence High School, West Florence High School, East Clarendon High School, Wilson High School, Hannah Pamplico High School, Kingstree High School, Mayo High School for Science, Math, and Technology, Dillon Christian School, and The King’s Academy.