Furman's master's of arts degree in education is for certified teachers. Early Childhood, Special Education, and TESOL are all add-on certifications. The School Leadership program is an advanced program for teachers who are interested in becoming administrators. The Literacy program, also an advanced program of study, allows teachers an add-on certification as a 'literacy teacher' (PK-12).

Students must complete an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work with an overall B average and no more than two grades of C. Included in the program is a prescribed core of four courses (12 hours) in education. These courses include: EDFD 604 (102) Learning Theory; EDFD 604 (104) Statistics and Measurement in Education; EDFD 606 (106) Research in Education; EDFD 608 (108) The Culture of Schooling in America.

The education department reserves the right to make appropriate substitutes for the required core courses and to designate other courses to complete any individual program of study. All work for the master's degree, including transferred credit, must be completed within a period of six years.


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