2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.

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The Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a 36-credit program which helps teachers meet the needs of students who speak limited or no English. Primarily for teachers interested in working with culturally diverse students, this program offers research-based strategies that help teachers make necessary modifications in instruction while promoting an inclusive environment. In order to add ESL licensure, the State Department of Education requires a student to have taken a minimum of six-semester hours of a second language, as well as earn a passing score on the appropriate PRAXIS II exam.

NOTE: a second language experience may be met by any one of the following:

  • Six semester hours in courses in a single second language
  • Completion of intensive language training by the Peace Corps, Foreign Service Institute, or Defense Language Institute
  • Placement by the language department of an accredited institution in a course appropriate for the third semester of study or beyond in a foreign language
  • Demonstration of second language proficiency as verified in writing by an official designated by the South Carolina State Department of Education for a language unavailable by an accredited institution

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts programs are designed primarily for certified teachers. Individuals seeking initial teacher certification  will be required to complete undergraduate courses which will not apply toward the master’s degree.

Admission Criteria

Students seeking admission to a Master of Arts program must have:

  • earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution in the United States or a teacher education program recognized by the South Carolina Board of Education with a GPA of no less than 2.75 (3.0 preferred)
  • satisfactorily completed an accredited program of initial teacher certification

and, must submit:

  • a graduate admissions application, accompanied by a one-time, non-refundable application fee
  • two professional recommendations and Dispositions Assessment Evaluation by persons familiar with the candidate’s teaching (e.g. principal, assistant principal, immediate supervisor)
  • a copy of their current teaching certificate
  • official transcripts from each higher education institution previously attended


Currently enrolled Furman undergraduates pursuing teaching certification, who have satisfactorily completed all senior block courses including the practicum experience, eligible to enroll in EDEP-670 Teaching Internship , may gain provisional graduate admission for study in summer session prior to the completion of the teaching internship and initial licensure attainment.  Successful completion of all senior block courses is required before students will be allowed to enroll in graduate level courses.

International Degree Candidates Initial Admission

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.

Application Deadlines for International Applicants

Fall: March 15
Spring: August 15
Summer: January 15

It is important to note that if your program’s deadline is prior to the international deadline, you should have your materials in by the earlier deadline.

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.

Furman Department of Education-specific requirements:

Applicants without a state of SC-issued teaching license, including but not limited to international applicants, must submit documentation (i.e. letter from an administrator, official transcript, etc.) indicating previous preparation and/or experience as a classroom teacher. International students without a valid SC teaching license are not eligible for initial or add-on licensure at program completion.

Program Continuation

Admitted graduate degree candidates must meet with an advisor in Graduate Studies to plan a preliminary program and will be assigned a faculty contact person.

Continuation in a program leading to the award of the Master of Arts requires:

  • successful completion of 9 graduate credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater. 
  • Admission to Candidacy Form with program coordinator’s signature

Students earning a grade of C+, C, or C- in one of the first three courses in a program prior to Admission to Candidacy or a student with a cumulative GPA less than 3.00 must meet with the program coordinator and the Executive Director of Graduate & Evening Studies.

After Admission to degree candidacy, all students in a program must:

  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater and meet final grade requirements   
  • demonstrate satisfactory content knowledge, pedagogical skills, and dispositions related to national standards established by the Specialty Professional Association (SPA) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • resolve any event or concern where an instructor, program coordinator, and/or the Executive Director of Graduate & Evening Studies has reason to believe a degree candidate has acted in violation of department mission

Program Completion/Degree Audit

A graduate degree candidate must submit a Program Completion form/Degree Audit Form and return it to the Office of Graduate Studies with his/her program coordinator’s signature.  The Office of Graduate Studies will audit the form to ensure that required courses have been completed and that the candidate has maintained a 3.00 GPA for the sequence of courses.  This form should be completed by the fall registration deadline for those students planning to graduate at the end of spring term.  For those graduating at the end of Summer II, this form is due by the spring registration deadline.

Program Completion/Graduation

The graduate degree candidate will complete the Intent to Graduate Form and return it to the Office of Graduate Studies, along with the Program Completion/Degree Audit Form, prior to the conclusion of registration for the semester before the final term of enrollment. Graduate Studies will confirm all degree requirements have been successfully completed by each candidate. Failure to submit these documents in a timely fashion may require a late fee and may also delay the award of the degree.

Candidates for graduation must also show a passing score on appropriate Praxis II content exam.


Quick Step Guide to the Master of Arts  

  • Preliminary Conference with Graduate Studies
  • Application/fee/transcript/recommendations/teaching certificate (GS1)
  • Acceptance/Official conference with Graduate Studies (GS2)
  • Admission to Candidacy (GS3)
  • Program Completion/Degree Audit (GS4), begin practicum/internship
  • Intent to Graduate Form (GS5), complete EDFD-879 Masters Seminar in Education  
  • Passing score on appropriate Praxis II exam

Course requirements for the specific concentration:


One elective course (3 credits)

and, a capstone experience (3 credits)

Teacher-To-Teacher Extended Program (9 credits)

The add-on certification master’s with this concentration is limited to the students completing the bachelor’s degree at Furman enrolled in the five-year extended program.

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