The Teacher Cadet Program

The primary goal of the Teacher Cadet Program is to encourage academically talented, high-achieving, high school students with exemplary interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career. An important secondary goal of the Program is to develop future community leaders who will become civic advocates for public education.

The Teacher Cadet Program uses an innovative approach designed to attract talented young people to the teaching profession through a challenging introduction to teaching. The Program seeks to provide high school students with insight into the nature of teaching, the problems of schooling, and the critical issues affecting the quality of education in America's schools.

Piloted in four South Carolina high schools in 1985-86, the Teacher Cadet Program has grown to include approximately 165 South Carolina high schools serving an average of 2,500 juniors and seniors annually. More than 55,000 students have participated in the Teacher Cadet Program in its 27-year history. The dual credit accrual course is taught for a minimum of one class period per day for a year or the equivalent of that amount of time in contact hours. The Teacher Cadet Program is not a club; if you are interested in more information about the South Carolina branch of the Future Educators Association (an affiliate of Phi Delta Kappa, International), please visit