What is a Master of Arts in teaching degree?

An MAT will help you develop new pedagogical skills, elevate your career and earning potential, and prepare you for a specialized area of expertise while you learn new ways to address an increasingly diverse classroom. The degree demonstrates your passion for the teaching profession and a commitment to those whom you teach.

Why pursue an MAT at Furman?

Founded on the central principles of the liberal arts and science, Furman’s Master of Arts in teaching is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in secondary education (grades 9-12) or in grades K-12 (languages). Our cross-disciplinary approach will enhance your critical thinking skills, teach you how to communicate effectively with other teachers and school administrators, and prepare you to work in a specialized area where quality teachers are in high demand. Certifications are available in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies, PK-12 Spanish and PK-12 French. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

The Master of Arts in teaching at Furman provides you with 12 months of opportunities to work with students in a variety of school settings, such as local summer school sessions and Bridges to a Brighter Future, Furman’s nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County, South Carolina, high school and college students. Guided by faculty experts, MAT candidates routinely present research at professional conferences. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.


MAT courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

  • 1 year
    Time to complete both master’s degree and teaching certificate
  • 96%
    Retention rate within five years post-graduation
  • 100%
    Class of 2021 graduates hired for teaching positions
  • #9
    Best schools for making an impact (The Princeton Review)

What our students say

“You’ll come out of this program as one of the best-prepared teachers because you’ve focused explicitly on pedagogy, your content specialty and how to transmit that knowledge to students. Thanks to Furman, I interviewed with my first school and they called me eight minutes later with a job offer.”
– Elle Warne ’21

Our faculty

Casey Hawthorne

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

George Lipscomb

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

Michael Svec

Professor of Education

Kay Goodwin

Associate Director, Graduate Studies

Paul Thomas

Professor, Education; English and Secondary Education

Judy Stuart

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