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Elementary Education

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

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Education leading to Nevada add-on endorsement focuses on preparing educators in the area of kindergarten through grade six instruction. This specialization provides educators with the skills to develop curriculum and instruct students in the areas of language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the arts. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education.

  • Complete the admission application packet and submit a $50.00 non-refundable fee (U.S. dollars) made payable to Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions. An official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is required for all students. Applicants who do not meet the 2.5 CGPA requirement must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (a combined score of 1000 for the verbal and quantitative scales only). If the applicant does not meet the minimum 2.5 GPA or GRE score requirement, the applicant may enroll in a maximum of six (6) credit hours and must earn a grade of B or better in each course during the first term of enrollment for conditional admission. Students who do not earn a grade of B or better in each course will be subject to dismissal from the program.
  • Valid NV Permanent Teaching License

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
ELE 504 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (offered Fall II and Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
RED 560 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
ELE 601 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School (offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
ELE 502 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
ELE 602 Teaching Science in the Elementary School (offered Fall II, Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 600
ELE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Elementary Education (Fall I & Winter II Only) 3
ELE 540 Creativity in the Elementary School Curriculum 3
ELE 603 Teaching Elementary Social Studies in a Multicultural Society 3
TSOL 510 Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers 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 specialization. This capstone project is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain a reflective journal and create a file 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 a portfolio detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Coursework for the Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Elementary Education leading to Nevada add-on endorsement, is available online. The online delivery option allows candidates to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their 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.

  • Praxis II - Minimum passing scores on the following:
    Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Test:
    Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: 158 AND
    Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises: 135
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Successful completion of the Supervised Teaching Internship, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices
  • Completed application for degree

The master of science in education with a specialization in elementary education, state approved in Nevada, meets all requirements of the Nevada Department of Education’s elementary education (grades k–12) add-on endorsement.

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