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Master of Arts in Teaching

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.

Careers for Master of Arts in teaching graduates

Some sample fields and vocations are:

  • Public high school teacher. Certifications are available in biology, chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, social studies, PK-12 Spanish and PK-12 French.
  • School administrator
  • Instructional coach
  • Program director for nonprofit organizations
  • Education director

MAT courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

The Culture of Schooling in America

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Child and Adolescent Growth and Development

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Critical Issues in Secondary Education

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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

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“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

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 classroom expertise.

  • Casey Hawthorne
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Casey Hawthorne

    Casey Hawthorne
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943630

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  • Nelly Hecker
    Title:

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

    Hecker

    Nelly Hecker
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943385

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  • George Lipscomb
    Title:

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

    Lipscomb

    George Lipscomb
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943397

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  • Michael Svec
    Title:

    Professor of Education

    Svec

    Michael Svec
    Title:

    Professor of Education

    Phone Number: 8642943380

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a Master of Arts in teaching?

    Elevating your craft with an MAT boosts a teacher’s confidence and builds credibility in the classroom. Some of our graduates have landed jobs in traditional public and private high schools. Other possibilities include education directorship roles, nonprofit management, school administration and instructional coaching.

    What is the average salary for those who complete an Master of Arts in teaching?

    The average annual salary of for those completing an MAT is $56,000, according to payscale.com. A master’s-prepared high school teacher makes $79,820-$99,660, according to educationdegree.com.

    How long does it take to earn an MAT?

    This is a one-year program at Furman.

    What is the cost of an MAT?

    The estimated one-year cost of an Master of Arts in teaching degree at Furman is $12,000.

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