Master of Arts in Teaching

Founded on the central principles of the liberal arts, Furman’s Master of Arts in Teaching program is for graduates of key subject areas wishing to pursue a career in Secondary Education (grades 9-12). With a cross-discipline approach that will enhance your critical thinking skills and teach you how to communicate effectively with other teachers and school administrators, our program will prepare you to work in a specialized area where quality teachers are in high demand.

Classes begin in Summer 2020. Applications open late 2019. There are special financial incentives for teachers, including forgivable loans, and grants.

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One-Year Course Sequence

Areas Available for Licensure


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

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 prepaired, and I feel pretty confident in my ability to teach because of all that.”

– Caroline Terry, Furman Education Student

Admissions Information

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 or State Board of Education approved content exam passing score;
  • Writing sample (ex. 200-300 words on why I’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

Early Applications: January 1

Final Deadline: March 1

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.