Music education majors follow a course of study in one of two areas: band/orchestra or elementary music/choral. This degree, which includes certification (grades PreK-12) by the South Carolina Department of Education, involves course work in both the Music and Education Departments, and an extended supervised teaching internship.
Music certifiers must complete two science courses (biological or physical), at least one of which has a laboratory component.
Admission to Furman's Teacher Education Program is required for all prospective certifiers. Typically, individuals are admitted into the program in June following their sophomore year or in January of their junior year. Corresponding application deadlines are April 15 and November 15. Students who submit their application materials after the fall term of their junior year have only one additional opportunity to be considered for admission into the program at the end of their junior year, and therefore may jeopardize the possibility of completing their certification requirements in a timely manner.