Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts
Department Chair Name
George Lipscomb
Beth Garrett

What is an education degree?

Our nation and communities face critical challenges and need caring, innovative, and skilled educators to be part of the solution.  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?

Furman’s Teacher Residency Program takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to educating future teachers. We provide intensive, individualized support and mentoring throughout the senior year and the first year of teaching. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

Teacher candidates work closely with faculty and mentors to explore strategies for teaching and learning in diverse school environments.  Relevant topics within education focus on cultivating an inclusive classroom community, effective teaching of subject areas, and meaningful use of technology for student learning.

Throughout the program, teacher candidates engage in local schools and education centers by observing, tutoring, and teaching students.  As part of the Teacher Residency Program, candidates learn under the expert guidance of a classroom teacher and faculty mentors. 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 policy makers from other countries. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

Featured education courses

  • 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

“From day one as an education major, you feel like a teacher because through 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

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.