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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Areas Available for Certification

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Social Studies
  • PK-12 Spanish
  • PK-12 French
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • 1 Year
  • 96%
  • #9

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 cohort will close on March 15.

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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Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Furman’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) offers 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.

Launching Careers in Education

Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher? Furman’s expedient Master of Arts in Teaching will prepare you to succeed in today’s classroom and put you on your way to becoming a full-time teacher with a Master’s degree in one year.

Community Engaged Learning

Furman understands that a successful career in teaching begins with a deep understanding and appreciation for the community. Working with our district partners allows us to give our students classroom experience like no one else.

A History of Excellence in Education

Our instructors bring a wealth of experience to the Master of Arts in Teaching program, providing pedagogical approaches for interactive, dialogical learning with relevant, scenario-based examples.

Building Our Future Through Education

Our communities need leaders today who recognize their destiny as the educators of the leaders of tomorrow. Answer the call and inspire future generations of students to excellence.

Student Testimonial: Teacher-Intern Caroline Terry

Student intern Caroline Terry discusses her teaching internship and how Furman mentors have shaped her into being the best teacher that she can be.

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Costs & Financial Aid

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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.