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One-Year Course Sequence
- EDEX-621 Education of Students with Exceptionalities
- EDMT-972 Practicum: Secondary Teaching
- EDRD-640 Foundations and Current Trends in Literacy Research and Practice
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For early admission decisions, applicants should submit their completed applications by February 15. Regular admission deadline is April 1.
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. 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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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.
- A bachelor’s degree (or a minimum of 30 semester hours) in a critical needs 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 (200-300 words on why you would like to be 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)
- Background check
Application opens: October 1, 2023
Early Application Deadline: February 15, 2024
Application Deadline: April 1, 2024
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 has taught 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 recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies. Dr. Lipscomb has done work in New Zealand schools and has taken students to the country six times for May Experience programs.