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Elementary Education (Nevada Initial Licensure)

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 leading to initial licensure for teachers in Nevada prepares non-educators to enter the classroom, while emphasizing the teaching of children in kindergarten through grade six. This specialization provides future educators with a foundation in classroom management, curriculum development, and instruction strategies, as well as skills for assessing and teaching language and literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in education, while aligning directly with the Nevada Department of Education elementary education licensure requirements.

  • 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 GPA required);
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions;
  • Passing scores for the PRAXIS I or CBEST;
  • Nevada student enrollment agreement.

CORE COURSES

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 514 Pre-Internship Practices 3
EDU 600 Accomplished Practices Seminar 0.5
EDU 501 School and Society
(Fall II, Winter II and Summer I)
3
EDU 503 Classroom Management and Organization 3
ELE 692 Elementary Education Internship 3
EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation 0.5
EDU 502 Psychological Foundations in Education
(Fall I, Winter I and Summer I)
3

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
ELE 503 Reading in the Elementary School
(offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 514, EDU 601
3
ELE 504 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
(offered Fall II and Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 514, EDU 601
3
ELE 601 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School
(offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 514, EDU 601
3
ELE 502 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
(offered Fall I, Winter I, and Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 514, EDU 601
3
ELE 602 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School
(offered Fall II, Winter II terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 514, EDU 601
3
ELE 603 Teaching Elementary Social Studies in a Multicultural Society
(offered Fall I, Winter I, Summer I terms ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 514, EDU 601
3
ELE 540 Creativity in the Elementary School Curriculum
(offered Winter II term ONLY)
Prerequisites: EDU 514, EDU 601
3

ELECTIVES (choose two)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
CSE 501 Managing Computer Resources for Teachers and Administrators 3
TSOL 510 Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers 3
TSOL 520 Second Language Learning Theory, Methods, and Evaluation 3
CUR 591 Assessment and Evaluation 3
RED 560 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
RED 570 Foundation of Reading: Theory and Practice 3
RED 575 Contemporary Foundations of Reading: Research Perspective 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 49

The supervised teaching internship is the culminating experience for those candidates who already hold bachelor's degrees in a field other than education. The purpose of this internship is to prepare candidates to perform the duties of a classroom teacher within the classroom setting. Under the guidance of an experienced cooperating teacher and a faculty supervisor, the intern is assigned full time to a school for 14 weeks. Opportunities are provided for the intern to engage in lesson planning, instruction, and parent/teacher conferences. During this period, the intern will observe, teach, and evaluate students in conjunction with the regular classroom teacher.

Coursework for the elementary education specialization initial licensure in Nevada is available online and at NSU's Nevada Campus. The online program allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based program allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in a location 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.

  • Degree Application
  • PRAXIS II – Minimum passing scores on the following area:
    Subject Assessment/Specialty Area Tests: 
    • Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: 158
    • Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises: 135 

The master of science in education degree program with a specialization in elementary education leading to initial licensure in Nevada meets all requirements of the Nevada Department of Education elementary education license.