Furman University’s Education Department acknowledges that our nation and communities face critical challenges and need caring, innovative, and skilled educators to be part of the solution. The Education Department has multiple pathways including a B.A. major in Education resulting in a license for teaching elementary grades and secondary level teaching licensure for students who major in content areas. In addition, an Educational Studies major designed for careers in non-traditional environments such as not-for-profits, camps, advocacy, or policy is offered. Our unique programs stress local and civic engagement starting in your freshman year. You will also have the opportunities for global engagement with travel study trips to Australia and Europe.
Furman University is nationally accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). Included in the NCATE accreditation review are all initial teacher preparation programs and advanced programs in school and district leadership. Programs are undergoing (in 2021) national review by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). The music teacher preparation program is accredited by NASM (National Association of Schools of Music). Program completers are highly marketable and accomplished as can be seen in the CAEP Annual Reporting Measures of Outcome and Impact.
Information about graduate programs for educators leading to certification may be found on the Graduate Studies page.
Our graduates build careers working with students of all ages and in a variety of subjects from music to mathematics.
Admission to Furman's Teacher Education Program is required for all prospective certifiers.
This program offers participants paid internships in a local school.