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Elementary Education (ESOL)

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

The master of science in education degree program with a specialization in elementary education/ESOL endorsement/reading endorsement (Grades K-6) is a state-approved program in Florida for add-on certification for teachers. It focuses kindergarten through grade six instruction. This specialization provides educators with the skills to develop curriculum and instruct students in language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the arts. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in education and strategies for teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), while aligning directly with the Florida Department of Education program certification requirements for elementary education and ESOL endorsement.

  • 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
  • Valid professional teaching certificate or temporary teaching certificate with passing scores for CLAST or General Knowledge Test

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 3
ELE 504 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School 3
RED 554 Assessment in Reading 3
ELE 601 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School 3
ELE 502 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary Schools 3
ELE 602 Teaching Science in the Elementary School 3
ELE 699 Applied Professional Experience 3
ELE 505 Teaching Visual Arts and Music in the Elementary School 2
ELE 506 Teaching Physical Education and Health Education in the Elementary School 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
ESE 600 Survey of Exceptionalities of Children and Youth 3


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.

Coursework for the elementary education specialization state approved in Florida is available online and at many of NSU’s Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The online delivery option allows students 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 delivery option allows busy professionals to complete degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

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.

Students with a Temporary Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas: 
    a. Professional Education Test (PEd)
    b. General Knowledge Test (GK) or CLAST (if taken prior to July 1, of 2002)
    c. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Elementary Education K-6
    d. Evidence of student teaching experience or have a minimum of one (1) year of full-time teaching experience in a K-12 school.

Students with a Professional Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following area: 
    a. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Elementary Education K-6
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Successful completion of the Supervised Teaching Internship, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence within the Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

All students must submit a Degree Application

The master of science in education degree program with a specialization in elementary education/ESOL endorsement/reading endorsement (Grades K-6) is state-approved in Florida and meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education’s elementary education (grades k–6) add-on certification and requirements for the ESOL endorsement.

Florida participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement facilitating mobility of educational personnel with more than 50 other states and jurisdictions for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the state of Florida must contact the state's department of education for information for attaining certification/licensure through reciprocity.

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