Furman University’s Teacher Education Program prepares students to become elementary, secondary/foreign language, and music educators. There are upper-level field placements that are required of these students.
- Early Experience (for all candidates)
All undergraduate candidates participate in a site-based interaction with a classroom teacher when they are rising seniors. Early Experience occurs during the first two weeks of the K-12 school year. Candidates are referred to as "co-teachers" during Early Experience.
Early Experience provides candidates with an orientation to the community, district, school, and classroom placement that elementary, secondary/foreign language candidates will use as their applied teaching sites while completing methods courses and during the Senior Block/Practicum, and which music candidates will use as the site for their Teaching Internship.
- Senior Block (for all elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates)
During the spring term of the senior year, elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates return to their Early Experience placement schools to participate in a full-time practicum. As co-teachers during this practicum, elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates will gradually assume all the teaching and administrative responsibilities of the cooperating teacher. These responsibilities will last most of the term, typically eight-ten weeks. Additional seminars for candidates will occur throughout the term in the late afternoon.
The Senior Block/Practicum is not the same as, or an equivalent to, the Teaching Internship. Rather, it serves as an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate their readiness to proceed to the Teaching Internship, either as an induction teacher or as the co-teacher in the classroom of a cooperating teacher.
- The Teaching Internship (for all candidates)
All candidates must complete the Teaching Internship, though the timing and structure of the internship differ according to the licensure area and whether a candidate is in the Teacher to Teacher Program:
Music candidates complete their Teaching Internship with a cooperating teacher during the spring term of the senior year.
Elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates who are not in the Teacher to Teacher Program complete their Teaching Internship with a cooperating teacher during the fall term after graduation from Furman.
Elementary and secondary/foreign language candidates who are in the Teacher to Teacher Program complete their Teaching Internship (pending vacancies, funding, passing scores on Praxis subject exams, and Furman/school district approval), as an induction teacher during the fall term after graduation from Furman.
To learn more about the Teacher Education program, download our handbook.