Elon university senior Amanda McMahon’s school day begins at 6 a.m. when she wakes up, drinks her coffee and carpools to class. She arrives by 7:30 and uses the spare time to organize her materials for the day. But when the students file in for first period, she doesn’t join them at their desks. McMahon is teaching the class, not taking it. 

Nearly 50 education majors are spending their senior year spring semester as student teachers in local, public or charter schools, according to Ann Bullock, dean of the School of Education and professor of education. Once placed in classrooms that correspond to their majors, the student teachers move through a program where they become full-time teachers of the classroom, and the previous full-time teachers

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