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Master of Arts in Teaching

Founded on the central principles of the liberal arts, Furman’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is for those wanting to pursue a career in Secondary Education (grades 9-12). 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.

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One-Year Course Sequence

Areas Available for Certification


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Studies
  • PK-12 Spanish
  • PK-12 French

1 Year

Student Quote:

“We have classes twice a month that are about best practices and how to make sure that we are being the best teachers that we can be. I know that I can ask any of my professors if I ever have a question about what to do, or even just an idea for an activity to do. I think ultimately that’s why I felt so prepared, and I feel pretty confident in my ability to teach because of all that.”

– Caroline Terry, Furman Education Student

Admissions Information

Applications for our 2021 cohort will close on March 15, 2021.

Because students are required to complete the Praxis exam in their content area and submit scores by the application deadline, we recommend that they register and take the Praxis by March 1, 2021.  Please email for any additional questions.

There are special financial incentives for teachers, including forgivable loans, and grants.

Furman’s MAT program seeks candidates who have above-average academic records, strong content knowledge and skills, and dispositions/attitudes/behaviors that will facilitate successful entry into the classroom.

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Admissions Requirements

The requirements for the MAT program are more comprehensive than those of other Furman graduate programs and of many other SC institutions of higher education who offer similar programs.

Requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a content area with minimum 2.75 GPA (3.0 preferred) from Furman or another accredited college or university;
  • Praxis II content exam passing score;
  • Writing sample (ex. 200-300 words on why you would be a good candidate for the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Include why you are interested in pursuing this degree and explain why you’d like to become a teacher.” )
  • Transcript evaluation to assess content preparation (for those applicants only who do not hold a Furman degree in order to insure a minimum of 30 credits in the content area)
  • Recommendations, including a formal dispositions evaluation
  • Background check
  • Interview
  • 10-minute demonstration lesson
Application Deadlines

Application for 2021 opens: October 1, 2020

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

Information for International Degree Candidates

Any applicant who is a non-U.S. citizen wishing to attend Furman University Graduate Studies programs as a degree- or non-degree seeking student is considered an international applicant. All international applicants are required to have transcripts from any non-U.S. institutions evaluated by a credentialing service.  All applications, fees, documents, and requirements must be submitted online through our secure admissions site to Graduate Studies.   Official GRE General Test Score(s) should be submitted to Graduate Studies directly from ETS.

Visa Information

Anyone already issued a valid U.S. visa (H-type or J-type), or a Permanent Residency Card, must submit copies of these documents as part of the application process. If an international applicant is seeking a student visa (F-1), the process for applying for this status will be addressed by the Dean of International Admission.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose primary language is not English must submit appropriate scores from either TOEFL or IELTS. All international graduate applicants must present one of the following as part of their online application: a TOEFL score of at least 577 on the paper-based test (pbt) or 90 on the internet-based test (ibt) or an IELTS score of at least 7.5.   Applicants who take the TOEFL or IELTS must have the official score report sent to Graduate Studies directly from the testing service.

Applicants who have an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution are eligible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.  Program directors may also petition Graduate Studies to waive this requirement on an individual basis.

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About George Lipscomb

Education Professor Dr. George B. Lipscomb has been teaching at Furman since 2002. A former middle and high school social studies teacher, he currently instructs elementary and secondary social studies methods, curriculum and technology, and geography among other courses. He is active in social studies education at the local, state, and national level and has published in a variety of journals in the field. He is currently serving as a Pathways advisor for Furman students and is part of the Peer Mentor initiative on campus. Dr. Lipscomb has done work in New Zealand schools and has taken students to the country five times for May Experience programs.

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