Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts
Department Chair Name
Nelly Hecker
Beth Garrett

What is an education degree?

Our productive lives begin with education, and education begins with well-prepared, imaginative teachers and the capabilities, insights and tools they bring to the classroom. An education degree provides the foundation for helping generations of students – from all racial and ethnic backgrounds – reach their potential.

Why study education at Furman?

At Furman, we take a comprehensive and holistic approach to educating future teachers. Within a small classroom setting, you’ll not only develop teaching skills, but also learn how to make decisions that will enable you to adapt and shape diverse learning environments. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

Students work closely with a faculty member to explore relevant topics within education such as anti-bias and anti-racist frameworks, reimagining the teaching of mathematics, teacher perceptions and use of technology, and the foundation of student-centered school cultures. For the first three years, candidates spend several hours a week in the field at local schools and education centers. During senior year, students learn under the expert guidance of a master teacher in an elementary classroom. Through May Experience trips to Finland/Czech Republic and Australia/New Zealand, candidates have opportunities to examine schooling from a global context and interact with children, teachers and stakeholders from other countries. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

Education courses

The Department of Education offers a rich variety of courses to prepare students for teaching in grades 2-6. In August, prior to senior year, all candidates seeking teacher 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. Some sample courses in our major include:

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  • 100%
    of the class of 2021 hired for teaching positions
  • 91%
    overall retention rate for last seven years of completers
  • 71
    alumni named Teacher of the Year over the last five years
What our students say
“One of the education department’s greatest assets is the unique opportunity to complete field experiences in every education course you take. From day one as an education major, you feel like a teacher because through these field experiences, you are immediately able to put your classroom learning into practice. I believe this is one of many reasons that Furman education majors are so prepared to start in their own classrooms upon graduating.”
– Miller Leeson ’20 M ’21, 3rd Grade Teacher, Stone Academy, Greenville, South Carolina

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s education faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise.

Nelly Hecker

Professor and Chair, Education; Director, Teacher Education; Coord., Elementary Education; Literacy Education

Katie Kelly

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Literacy Education

George Lipscomb

Professor, Education; Coord., Secondary Education; Coord., MAT Program; Social Studies and Geography

Judy Stuart

Associate Professor, Education; Coord., Special Education; Human Development

Michael Svec

Professor of Education

Shameera Virani

Coordinator of Teacher to Teacher Residency Program; Clinical Faculty
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Education Major (Teaching in grades 2-6) F.A.Q.