We offer a major
in education (grades 2-6), preparation for certification in grades 2-6, and preparation for certification in an approved academic discipline for grades 9-12 or PK-12.
Program accreditation and institutional report card
As a university preparing students for careers
in public education and related professions, Furman is subject to regulations and guidelines established and implemented by the United States Department of Education, the South Carolina Board of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Furman meets the national and state standards for “program approval” status. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements for certification become eligible for a teaching certificate in South Carolina and other states with reciprocal arrangements. In efforts to continually renew and improve teacher education, regulations and standards governing teacher preparation programs periodically change, and the programs of students admitted into the Teacher Education program are subject to those changes.
All students wishing to major in Education,
or seeking certification in grades 2-6 or in the approved subject areas for grades PK-12 or
9-12, must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program after completing the prerequisite requirements. These requirements must be met prior to enrolling in upper-level education or subject-specific methods courses and the teaching internship. Application materials are available in the Education office suite and should be submitted for review in November or April of the sophomore or junior year. Transfer students considering a major in education should meet with the department chair to assess their eligibility.
In order to be admitted into the Teacher Education program, applicants must:
- satisfactory complete (grade of "C" or greater) EDU-111, EDU-120, and their associated field experiences,
- meet minimum scores mandated by the South Carolina State Board of Education on pre-professional skills tests (PRAXIS I) in reading, mathematics, and writing,
- obtain recommendations from the major department (for PK-12 and secondary candidates only)
- maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 and a grade point average of at least 2.50 in the major
- demonstrate ethical and professionally responsible behavior
- receive clearance based on reports from Student Life and Academic Affairs (undergraduate students only)
The Teacher Education Program at Furman satisfies certification designations stipulated by the South Carolina Board of Education. At Furman University, teaching certification programs are offered in the following areas:
Education major with certification for teaching
The education major with certification consists of the following courses:
- EDU-001, 111, 120, 221, 330, 331, 332, 333, 430, 431, 432 and 470,
- MTH-301 and 302,
- ART-240, MUS-430, or THA-440, and
- BIO-101, 102 or 111 and CHM-111, EES-110, 111, 112, 215, PHY-105 or 111.
Early teaching experience: In August, prior to the senior year, all candidates seeking certification participate in an early teaching experience on
a full-time basis. This experience provides an opportunity for direct involvement in the opening of school when classroom routines and procedures are established. Candidates seeking certification are expected to assume some teaching responsibilities.
Senior block: During the spring of the senior year, majors enroll in four courses that are team-taught by Education faculty in one block: EDU-430, 431, 432 and 470.
Non-teaching education: If you’re seeking a non-teaching careers related to the education of children and youth (e.g. child life, camps, religious education) may choose to major in education without completing the certification program. As part of the application for admission to the education major for non-teaching fields, you must write a letter to the department chair indicating why the non-teaching major is necessary to achieve your career or educational goals involving work with children and youth. The letter should include a description of the procedure followed to investigate the proposed focus of study and a tentative list of courses to be included in the program. EDU-001, 111, 120 and 221 are required. A minimum requirement of five additional professional education courses and any other courses that fit your career or graduate study goals will be determined, under the advisement of the department chair and with the approval of the Education faculty.