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Lander University, Florence-Darlington Technical College Sign Transfer Partnership for Early Childhood Education Majors

Officials from Lander University and Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) recently signed an agreement to enhance the transfer of early childhood education students from FDTC to Lander. Pictured at the signing are, front from left, Dr. Richard Cosentino, president of Lander; and Dr. Jermaine Ford, president of FDTC. Back, Tamara Pack, assistant department chair for teacher education; Dr. James Colbert, vice president for Academic Affairs; Elizabeth Crow, program director for early childhood education; and Dr. Gina Mounfield, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. Photo by Laura Wood

In recognition of the state’s high demand for more qualified K-12 teachers, Lander University and Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) have formed a partnership to enhance the transfer of students from FDTC to Lander. An agreement signed by both institutions will allow early childhood education students at FDTC to easily transfer their credits to Lander’s College of Education, providing a path towards a four-year degree and teacher certification.

“Lander University and our technical college partners share a common mission to prepare our students to meet the needs of South Carolina’s workforce,” said Dr. Jim Colbert, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Lander. “This partnership with Florence-Darlington Technical College demonstrates the commitment of both institutions to producing more highly qualified educators for our state’s classrooms.”

Students who meet the requirements of the agreement will be guaranteed admission to Lander and will receive priority acceptance. Prior to transferring to Lander, students will complete their A.A.S. in Early Care and Education at FDTC. At Lander, they will complete their BS in Early Childhood Education, which will lead to teacher certification in Pre-kindergarten through Grade 3. Lander’s BS in Early Childhood Education program is available in-person and online.

“This transfer agreement comes at a critical time for our state, as South Carolina faces an ongoing teacher shortage,” said Dr. Sarah Hunt-Barron, dean of the College of Education at Lander University. “We are pleased to give students pursuing an A.A.S. in Early Care and Education a definitive path to becoming certified classroom teachers and uphold our commitment to preparing educators for our state.”

FDTC President Dr. Jermaine Ford said there is a need more teachers within South Carolina and that “we are pleased students are pursuing an A.A.S. in Early Care and Education because it is a direct pathway to becoming a certified teacher.”

“With this agreement, we continue to provide our students post-graduate success leading to a family-sustaining wage,” said Dr. Ford. “Partnerships like this allow us to provide students with vitally important pathways to continue their career advancement. We couldn’t be happier to partner with Lander University and provide more opportunities for our students to succeed.”

“Our focus is opening the door to possibilities for students by developing caring teachers who love South Carolina and the Pee Dee region,” said FDTC Interim VP or Academic Affairs Dr. Luegina Mounfield. “Teachers who want to build our communities extends the work of Florence-Darlington Technical College to the next generation.  Teachers who want to live and work in their home communities are role models for the future. We appreciate the partnership with Lander University. “

This transfer partnership is only the latest in a series of partnerships between Lander University and South Carolina’s technical colleges.

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This transfer partnership is the second Early Childhood agreement that FDTC has signed since November 2023.