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Teacher to Teacher Residency Program

The Teacher to Teacher Residency 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 Residency 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 Residency 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 Residency 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 subject 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 mentor).

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 Teachers).

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, Teacher to Teacher Residency Program participants are granted a one-year Internship 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. Participants also receive one year of teaching experience credit from the South Carolina Department of Education.