The Teacher to Teacher Program is a part of
Furman’s Teacher Education Program that involves partnerships between
Furman and local (South Carolina) school districts.
Uniqueness: Teacher to
Teacher Program participants may be given the opportunity of becoming
induction year teachers at the start of the K-12 academic year following
graduation from Furman. An “induction year” refers to an individual’s
first year as an official teacher in a South Carolina public school.
Eligibility: All elementary
and secondary/foreign language candidates are eligible to participate
in the Teacher to Teacher Program if they meet the ongoing criteria to
remain in the Teacher Education Program (i.e., candidates do not have to
officially apply to the Teacher to Teacher program). In order for a
candidate to be offered an induction year contract, a local school
district must have a vacancy (and funding for the vacancy) in the
candidate’s certification area; the candidate must receive passing
scores on PRAXIS II exams; and Furman and school district officials must
endorse the candidate as eligible for an induction year contract.
Participating school districts will not honor contracts that might have
been previously offered to candidates if the candidate does not
successfully complete all aspects of the Senior Block/Practicum, as
indicated by the cooperating teacher and university supervisor on the
candidate’s final evaluation.
Note: Furman University is
not directly involved or influential in the offering of contracts for
the induction year and therefore cannot be held responsible for those
who may not be employed as induction teachers in a partner school
district. The process of employment is separate from the completion of
the certification requirements.
Impact on the Teaching Internship:
Instead of completing their Teaching Internship with a cooperating
teacher, candidates who sign induction contracts complete their Teaching
Internship concurrently during the fall term of their first year of
teaching (with guidance from a university supervisor and a district
Graduate Credits: During the
Teaching Internship (whether as an induction teacher or as a co-teacher
in the classroom of a cooperating teacher), candidates earn a minimum
of nine hours of graduate credit (6 hours for EDEP-670: Teaching
Internship, and three hours for EDEP-640: Best Practices for Beginning
Salary and Benefits: Until
successful completion of the Teaching Internship (which usually occurs
in early December), Furman candidates serving as induction teachers are
compensated by a local school district at approximately 75 percent of
the salary of fully-certified first-year teachers. School districts
also usually reimburse candidates for the graduate tuition associated
with the Teaching Internship.
Certification Status: To
be an induction teacher in a K-12 public school classroom (and to be
deemed “highly qualified” under the No Child Left Behind legislation),
Teacher to Teacher participants are granted a one-year Intern Teaching
Certificate from the South Carolina Department of Education. Upon
successful completion of the Teaching Internship and all other Teacher
Education Program requirements, the induction teacher receives Furman’s
endorsement for an Initial South Carolina Teaching Certificate.