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Program Overview

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 South Carolina certification for teaching elementary grades and a music education certification program for music content majors. Information about graduate programs for educators leading to certification may be found on the Graduate Studies page. These programs include certification in secondary (grades 9-12), languages (grades PK-12), early childhood, literacy, special education, TESOL, and school and district leadership.

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 CAEP (Council for 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.


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Career Opportunities

Our graduates build careers working with students of all ages and in a variety of subjects from music to mathematics.

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Undergraduate Degrees/Programs

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Program Admission

Admission to Furman's Teacher Education Program is required for all prospective certifiers.

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Teacher to Teacher Residency Program

This program offers participants paid internships in a local school.

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Our Blog

Q&A with Logan Britt ‘22

Educational Studies major Logan Britt of Greenville, S.C., spent her summer as a Faith Formation Intern at First Presbyterian Church in Greer. Here she shares a few thoughts about her internship experience and how it...

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Making a Difference: EDU 506 and Elizabeth Palmer ‘21

Are you looking for an experience that will allow you to earn course credit while making a difference in the Greenville area? Education Professor Lorraine DeJong’s Human Service Non-Profit Internship course (EDU 506) has been...

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Furman’s Upstate Schools Consortium Hosts SEL Series

School leaders from up and down the East coast will converge virtually at Furman University this fall to share innovative strategies and best practices with Upstate educators during a professional development series focused on social...

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