Do you have what it takes to become a teacher leader?
Great teachers have the power to inspire generations of students, and make their mark on the world through their creativity, passion, and ability to connect with people. Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler College of Education has developed a unique program designed to shape aspiring educators into master teachers.
The program, known as The Fischler Academy, incorporates cutting-edge teaching strategies, a mastery-based curriculum, and an active learning environment, culminating in a full-time teaching position.
Why choose NSU's Fischler Academy?
- Earn a bachelor's AND a master's degree in just 4 years
- Enjoy a highly personalized learning environment
- Keep college costs down with a $17,000 annual tuition scholarship
- Participate in a FREE international travel experience
- Guarantee yourself a job offer in one of Florida's largest school districts
The Fischler Academy is a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program designed for traditional first-time-in-college students who wish to become teacher leaders. The Fischler Academy is an experiential, project-driven, mastery-based program combining cutting-edge teaching pedagogies in a highly personalized learning environment.
Students must first be admitted to Nova Southeastern University. Students will then apply using the Premier Programs Application and attend a ‘Shark Preview’ Weekend in winter/spring semester whereby they will be interviewed for admission into The Fischler Academy. A maximum of 100 students will be admitted annually into the Fischler Academy.
Fischler Academy students will each receive a $17,000 tuition scholarship. Scholarships will be earned annually by maintaining a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the program along with providing targeted ‘Shark service hours’ throughout the student’s four year experience.
FIELDS OF STUDY
- Elementary Education with ESOL/Reading Endorsement
- Exceptional Student Education with ESOL Endorsement
- Secondary Biology Education
- Secondary English Education with ESOL Endorsement
- Secondary Math Education
- Secondary Social Studies Education
Fall Semester: Students will participate in an ‘early immersion’ experience as part of their First Year Seminar program. This immersive experience will be coordinated with either NSU’s University School or one of the Nova public schools, allowing students to gain an early ‘taste’ of life as a teacher.
Winter Semester: Students will train to become University tutors with NSU’s Tutoring and Testing Center Students or SI Leaders in University courses (earning $1,100 per course) with high ‘DFW’ rates to improve overall student achievement, retention, and graduation. Students will also be inducted into Kappa Delta Pi national education fraternity.
Fall Semester: Students will work a minimum of five (5) hours per week (paid) as University tutors. Students will also train to become ‘SI Leaders’ (Supplemental Instruction), supporting NSU students in achieving their academic goals.
Winter Semester: Students will be embedded as SI Leaders in University courses (earning $1,100 per course) with high ‘DFW’ rates to improve overall student achievement, retention, and graduation.
International Travel: Students will travel internationally (with a faculty member) as part of ‘Fischler International’, studying the educational system of a country selected by the student’s cohort. Flight, rooms, and selected meals will be provided by the University in this for credit-bearing experience during the student’s spring break.
Fall Semester: Students will work a minimum of five (5) hours per week (paid) for either ‘America Reads’ or ‘America Counts’ as elementary tutors, supporting students in Broward County Public Schools.
Winter Semester: Students will be embedded in a local public, charter, or private school whereby they will complete their required internship. Hosting mentor-teachers will be afforded a three (3) credit scholarship to NSU’s Fischler College of Education to further advance their credentials in either a Master’s or Doctoral degree as remuneration.
Fall/Winter Semester: Students will work daily as ‘full-time pool substitute teachers’ in conjunction with local public, charter, and private schools, earning the daily localized average of $119 per day, all the while gaining valuable experience. Due to this daily schedule, remaining course competencies will be offered in the evenings and online. This mastery-based training is offered through an infusion of the Sanford Inspire Program and expert guidance from our innovative faculty.
Winter Semester: Students will interview and receive guaranteed job offer for the following school year in one of Florida's largest county public school systems (Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, or Lee).
Are transfer students eligible for The Fischler Academy?
The Fischler Academy is not open to transfer students.
Can I apply for both The Fischler Academy and another premier program such as Dual Admission?
Due to the commitments built into The Fischler Academy, students should not attempt to apply for the Dual Admissions program, but they are welcome to apply to other premier programs at the University.
Do I have to live on campus to be a part of The Fischler Academy?
You do not need to live on campus to be a student in The Fischler Academy, but you will be actively involved in both classes and events held on campus.
How will students be selected for The Fischler Academy?
Once a student has completed the Premier Programs Application, they will be contacted to attend one of our Shark Preview weekends in January or February. During Shark Preview, the student will be interviewed by faculty and administrators within the program. Students that are able to demonstrate excellent academic, communication, and leadership skills will be selected for the program.
Is the Fischler Academy open to international students requiring F-1 visas?
Yes! The program is designed so that F-1 international students are able to complete all requirements of the programs and maintain their F-1 status.
Will F-1 students who are admitted to the program also receive the scholarship?
Of course! All Fischler Academy students will receive the $17,000 annual non-stackable tuition scholarship.
Are there any special admissions requirements for international students?
Please review the International Undergraduate Admissions page for all of the international undergraduate admissions requirements.
Can F-1 Fischler Academy students work as university tutors and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders?
Absolutely! F-1 students are permitted to work on campus for up to 20 hours a week during the academic year so they will gain the same experience (and money!) while they provide academic supports to their NSU peers.
Will international students be able to participate in the international travel component?
The trip will be open to all Fischler Academy students but non-U.S. passport holders may be subject to additional visa requirements and fees (at the student’s expense), as determined by the country of travel. In the event a student will not be able to participate in the trip due to visa restrictions, alternate experiential opportunities will be identified to ensure all learning outcomes will be met.
Will F-1 students be able to complete the required internship and work as a ‘full-time pool substitute teacher’ during the program?
Yes! Students will be able to use the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) F-1 employment benefit to participate in both the required internship and the paid substitute teacher experience.
Will F-1 students be able to interview and receive the guaranteed placement in a public school after they graduate?
Absolutely. After completing the master’s portion of the program, students will be able to apply for and use the one year Optional Practical Training (OPT) F-1 employment benefit to gain this critical experience as a professional in one of Florida’s largest county public school systems. However, F-1 students need to be aware that the OPT benefit tied to the bachelor’s degree portion of the program will be forfeited since this program requires an immediate transition between the undergraduate and graduate level studies.
Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctorate, and professional degrees.
The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), http://www.ncate.org/.
If you think you have what it takes to become a teacher leader, it's easy to get started:
- Complete the Premier Programs Application (choose the "Fischler Academy" program).
- If you have not already done so, apply for admission to NSU using the Shark Select Application or the Common Application.
- Once submitted, the Undergraduate Admissions team will review your applications.
- You will be notified regarding your application status, and, if accepted, will asked to attend one of NSU’s "Shark Preview" weekends.