“If there is more important work than teaching, I hope to learn about it before I die.” - Pat Conroy

Francis Marion University prepares caring and competent teachers for the 21st century. In conjunction with the School of Education, the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy provides the knowledge base for students licensing to teach English in the state of South Carolina through the Secondary English Teacher Licensure option. The department supports and encourages the conceptual framework strands in the School of Education: critical thinking, collaboration, and reflection.

Students must schedule a conference with the School of Education to discuss the Professional Education Program and must successfully complete the required English courses and hours for licensure in secondary education by the School of Education.

Visit the Praxis website for more information about the Praxis tests.

Contact Dr. Matt Nelson for more information about the Secondary English Teacher Licensure option.

Students receive professional exposure and preparation.

From learning how to teach children’s literature to practicing different genres of writing in the teaching field to presenting at teaching conferences, students in the program receive a vast amount of professional experience. As part of some of the English licensure courses, students may even develop an electronic teaching portfolio that can grow and develop with them as they continue to professionalize themselves.

Graduates of the FMU English Teacher Licensure option

Make a difference in an in-demand field:

The ongoing focus on improving education and the urgent need for highly-qualified teachers make this an exciting time to pursue a career in education. FMU offers students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in English along with secondary (grades 9-12) teacher certification. The English Teacher Certification program provides students the foundation they need to build a career where making a difference in others’ lives happens everyday.

Work in South Carolina and beyond:

Alumni teach at such schools as Cheraw HS, Chesterfield HS, Darlington HS, East Clarendon HS, Hartsville HS, Hemingway HS, Johnsonville HS, Lake City HS, Lake Marion HS, Lake View HS, Lamar HS, Latta HS, Manning HS, Marion HS, Mullins HS, South Florence HS, Summerville HS, Sumter HS, West Florence HS, and Wilson HS. Other alumni have gone on to earn graduate degrees and teach at the college level or work as school administrators.

Are trained to be innovative teachers and leaders:

Graduates of the FMU English Teacher Certification program are not just teachers; they also are Teacher Leaders who use innovative teaching practices and participate actively in local and national professional organizations.

Are award-winning educators:

Several of our alumni have earned recognition as Teacher of the Year at the school – and district-levels. Two of our graduates have been chosen as South Carolina’s Teacher of the Year.