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Elementary Education

The Fischler College of Education is no longer accepting new applicants for this program.

The master of science in education with a specialization in elementary education at the Fischler College of Education helps prepare educators in the area of kindergarten through grade six instruction. The specialization helps provide educators with the skills do develop curriculum and instruct students in the areas of language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the arts. Course content for the master’s degree in elementary education is research based and infuses best practices in education.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDU 508 Instructional and Assessment Strategies 3
ELE 503 Reading in the Elementary Classroom
(offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
3
ELE 504 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
(offered Fall II and Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
3
RED 554 Assessment in Reading 3
ELE 601 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School
(offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
3
ELE 502 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
(offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
3
ELE 602 Teaching Science in the Elementary School
(offered Fall II, Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
3
ELE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Elementary Education
(Fall I & Winter II Only)
3
ELE 505 Teaching Visual Arts and Music in the Elementary School
(offered Fall II, Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
2
ELE 506 Teaching Physical Education and Health Education in the Elementary School
(offered Fall II, Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
2
ELE 603 Teaching Elementary Social Studies in a Multicultural Society 3
TSOL 510 Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers 3
TSOL 520 Second Language Learning Theory, Methods, and Evaluation 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 40

Coursework for the master’s in elementary education is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses. The online delivery option allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in locations near their homes. The distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the elementary education specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain reflective journals and create files of samples of their students' work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by portfolios detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices;
  • Successful completion and passing of all testing and assessment requirements for specialization and program;
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for degree.

Students are advised to contact their state department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals.

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