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B.S. in Elementary Education — ESOL/Reading Endorsement

You'll love becoming a teacher for K-6 grade students. The state-approved program for teacher certification at NSU offers exceptional preparation and an unparalleled network of educators. Find your professional place by pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

What you’ll study
As you progress through the elementary education major, you'll demonstrate that you have met Florida state requirements including Florida state testing, field experiences, and the internship seminar. Learn the lesson planning and management skills that you'll use daily in the classroom. Study best practices for the arts, mathematics, science, social studies, reading, and English as a Second Language (ESOL).  

How you’ll learn more
Your final course will be an intensive internship consisting of 12 weeks of teaching while also examining your performance in a seminar. NSU has excellent relationships with schools, including its own University School. You may take online courses or attend one of several regional campuses in Florida. The choice is yours.

Where it can take you
With successful passage of state certification exams, you'll be ready to find a classroom of your own. Create your own style of teaching while meeting state and national standards and connect with the joy of learning. Over time, you could become a school or district leader, and support the future of other teachers. 

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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (30 CREDITS)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program. For specific course requirements, refer to the General Education Program section in the Academic Resources and Procedures segment of the catalog.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (6 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 2500 Education Pre-enrollment Seminar
This seminar provides an orientation to technology and program skills necessary for successful participation in the undergraduate programs. Students will be introduced to university systems designed to provide support and services to the undergraduate student during the formal program of study. An overview of all facets of the undergraduate programs will be provided, including how to locate course schedules online, how to contact academic advising, and how to access resources. Students will learn interactive technology skills, such as using e-mail and sending attachments, navigating the Internet, accessing the electronic library, using APA format, locating and using the undergraduate website and using Blackboard for online classes. Pre-Requisites: None
0
EDUC 1100 Exploration of the Education Profession
Exploration of the Education Profession is designed to provide teacher candidates with an orientation to the education profession, including the examination of the institution of schooling in its social, legal, historical, and philosophical contexts. Teacher candidates engage in self-reflection and analysis of their perceptions of education and develop a general understanding of the realities of American education. Pre-Requisites: None
3
ESOL 2903 Cross Cultural Studies
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course. Pre-Requisites: None
3
MATH 1060 Concepts in Probability and Statistics
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-Requisites: None
3

Note: You will also need three credits from any SPCH or TECH Educational Technology course.


EDUCATION MAJOR COURSES (63 CREDITS)

Teacher candidates in the state-approved teacher education program in the elementary education major must also keep track of program benchmarks within the courses. There are five benchmarks, coinciding with five blocks in the state-approved teacher education program. At these five benchmarks, teacher candidates provide documentation showing completion of program requirements. A supervised field experience occurs in EDUC 3540.

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 3330 Integrating Instructional Technology in the Classroom
Presents strategies for technological integration into the classroom curriculum in elementary/secondary learning environments. Hands-on experiences will allow students to apply teaching practices and research to specific learning needs of typical and atypical learners. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 5 hours in school & (5) virtual observation hours are required. Pre-Requisites: COMP 1500, COMP 2000, COMP 2020, MATH 1040
3
EDUC 3350 Survey of Exceptional Student Education
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course. Pre-Requisites: ESOL 2903
3
EDUC 3360 Educational Psychology
This course combines the two fields of psychology and education. It is the scientific study of human beings and the principles by which learning can be increased and directed by education. Students will learn about principles of development, learning, assessment, and motivation, among other areas of study for prospective teachers to consider as they analyze student behavior and make decisions for instruction. Pre-Requisites: None
3
EDUC 3525 Principles of Instruction
This course focuses on building teacher candidates? repertoire of instructional practices and lesson planning skills. Candidates learn about six pedagogical models: presentation, concept teaching, direct instruction, cooperative learning, problem-based instruction, and discussion. Candidates apply their knowledge of the instructional practices as they learn how to plan a lesson that promotes students? achievement. This course is ESOL infused. Pre-Requisites: EDUC 3360
3
ELEM 3530 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
This course is a study of content, methodology, program development, appropriate activities, and assessment techniques for elementary school social studies. In addition, students will implement ESOL strategies in planning and presenting lessons. Students will also become familiar with the Florida Accomplished Practices as appropriate. Students are required to teach a social studies lesson in an elementary school during the 10 hour clinical experience required for this class. This is an ESOL infused course. Pre-Requisites: EDUC 2500, EDUC 3330, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, EDUC 3525, ESOL 3340
3
ELEM 3535 Educational Assessment of Exceptional and Elementary Students
Assessment of elementary level students for instructional planning purposes is stressed. Topics include Response to Instruction (RTI) formal and informal evaluation techniques, measurement terminology, as well as the interpretation, application and communication of results to colleagues parents and guardians. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. Pre-Requisites: EDUC 3330, EDUC 3360, EDUC 3550, ESOL 3340
3
ELEM 3550 Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary School
The purpose of this course is to examine content and methods for teaching science in the elementary school. You will explore a variety of techniques and reflect on approaches most applicable to teaching and learning when working with students who are typical in learning styles, who are limited in English Proficiency (LEP) or who are exceptional learners. This is an ESOL-infused course. "Hands-on" approaches, resources, materials, technology, and ideas drawn from the student?s experience will be discussed. There will be a Field experience in a community school. Prerequisites: EDUC 3525, EDUC 3350; ESOL 3340; GKEP; GKMP; GKRP; and GKSP
3
ELEM 4320 Elementary School Classroom Management
This course examines the knowledge base and repertoire for effective classroom management in the elementary school classroom. Teacher candidates are required to apply their knowledge and repertoire in an actual elementary classroom. This course is ESOL infused and requires ten hours of field experiences. Prerequisites: EDUC 3360, EDUC 3525, and EDUC 3535
3
ELEM 4340 Methods of Teaching Lang. Arts Through Children’s Literature in the Elementary School
This course examines content and teaching strategies for teaching language arts through the use of children's literature. Emphasis is on the identification of high-quality children's books and the development of teaching strategies for integrated language arts instruction. Students will implement ESOL strategies in planning and presenting language arts lessons. This is an ESOL infused course. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a field setting is required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2500, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, and ESOL 3340, and GKEP, GKMP, GKRP, and GKSP
3
ELEM 4350 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
This course will focus on methods of teaching mathematics to elementary children. Students will explore major concepts and procedures that define Number and Operation, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Statistics and Probability using a variety of techniques (using various manipulatives as well as mathematics-specific technology) as they move from concrete to abstract conceptual and procedural understanding. They will reflect on approaches most applicable to teaching and learning when working with students who are typical in learning styles, who are limited in English Proficiency (LEP) or who are exceptional learners. In doing this, they will constantly engage in activities to develop several mathematical processes: problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representation. There will be a ten (10) hour field experience in an elementary school. Field experience activities include collecting observation data using pre-selected tools, teaching and reflecting on the delivery of a lesson, and working with the teacher and students. Prerequisite/s: EDUC 2500, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3525, and ESOL 3340 AND GKEP, GKMP, GKRP, and GKSP
3
ELEM 4360 Methods of Teaching Literacy in the Elementary School
This course examines concepts in reading, including sequential development skills in both word recognition and comprehension methods and materials. The rationale for each method is discussed and practical application with an elementary school youngster is required. The relationship of writing, listening, and speaking to reading is included. Students will implement ESOL strategies in planning and presenting lessons. This is an ESOL infused course. In addition to class meetings, at least ten hours of field experience are required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2500, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, ESOL 3340,and GKEP, GKMP, GKRP, and GKSP
3
EDUC 4200 Simulation Experience-Diversity
The Simulation Experience is a three credit, eight week course that all students must complete prior to internship. Students (in teams) are ?placed? in simulated school settings and required to recommend interventions relating to issues that arise relating to diversity. The Simulation Experience takes place over three phases; these phases take place in a kindergarten, middle school, or high school setting. The Simulation Experience is directly related to the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) within the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University. Prerequisite/s: EECP 3550 or ELEM 4320, or ESED 4320, or SECE 4320
3
ELEM 4530 Integrating Art, Music, and Health Education Across the Curriculum
This course examines the methodology for the integration of art, music, physical education (PE), and health education into the elementary school curriculum based on the theory of multiple intelligences. Age and grade appropriate methods, materials, activities and assessment will be introduced through practical applications, which are based on current research. In addition to class sessions, field experience is required for this course. Prerequisites: EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, and ESOL 3340, and GKT
3
EDUC 4540 Reading Assessment
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-Requisites: None
3
ELEM 4560 Methods of Teaching Reading Across the Elementary Curriculum
This course addresses the significance of reading ability and study skills throughout the elementary school curriculum. The emphasis is on identifying sources of difficulties experienced by elementary school students in reading and learning from instructional materials. General strategies for learning from textbooks are examined as well as study skills and specific strategies for dealing with text materials from particular content areas. Students will implement ESOL strategies in planning and presenting lessons. This is an ESOL infused course. In addition to class meetings, at least 10 hours of field experience are required. Prerequisites: EDUC 2500, ELEM 4340, and ELEM 4360
3
ESOL 4565 Second Language Learning Theory, Methods, and Evaluation
This course will assist participants in identifying and selecting instructional strategies, approaches, and materials for the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in ESOL classrooms. Knowledge of these elements will be demonstrated by development and presentation of lesson plans appropriately based on age, language proficiency, cultural background and learning styles. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course. Pre-requisite/s: ESOL 2903, and ESOL 3340
3

Benchmark V

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 4501 Benchmark V
Benchmark IV requirement include completion of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam at the professional level, subject-area level, and the General Knowledge Test. Benchmark IV requirements also include continuation of the development of the portfolio through insertion of appropriate artifacts delineated in each course outline. Students register concurrently for EDUC 4501 Benchmark IV and EDUC 4500 Clinical Experiences, and Block #4 courses. Students must complete Benchmark IV before graduating. The final course for all education majors is EDUC 4570 Internship/Seminar. Participation in the internship is dependent on the results of the senior audit conducted by advisers to verify that all coursework and testing requirements have been satisfactorily completed. Pre-requisites: EDUC 3501 and EDUC 4001
0
ELEM 4570 Elementary Internship and Seminar
This course for Elementary Education majors offers a comprehensive review and practical application of educational philosophy, methods, and strategies through a 12-week clinical experience (internship) consisting of 450 hours in an elementary classroom setting that includes coursework and seminars. The central coursework is composed of a 12-week clinical experience, with the concurrent seminar serving as a supportive and reinforcing component. During the seminar sessions, the teacher candidate will explore, in depth, such topics as school board rules, regulations and policies; professional ethics; best practices; national and state standards; teaching strategies; current trends in education; teaching competencies; student assessment; and reflective practices. This course requires candidates to demonstrate professional, pedagogical, and content standards, including ESOL competencies and skills. Prerequisite/s: General Education Requirements (30 credits), Open Electives (15 credits), EDUC 2500, SPCH 1010, TECH or Educational Technology, EDUC 1100, ESOL 2903, EECP 3330, EDUC 3330, ESOL 3340, EDUC 3350, EDUC 3360, EDUC 3520, ELEM 3530, EDUC 3540 ELEM 3550, ESED 3561, EDUC 3501, ELEM 4320, ELEM 4340, ELEM 4350, ELEM 4360, EDUC 4001, EDUC 4200, ELEM 4530, ELEM 4540, ELEM 4560, ESOL 4565, EDUC 4501
12

TOTAL CREDITS: 120

Electives (21 credits)

Coursework for a bachelor's degree in elementary education is available to both traditional students and working professionals at NSU's Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale, completely online, and at all of NSU's Regional Campuses located throughout South Florida. The degree is presently offered at the following locations:

  • NSU's Fort Lauderdale Main Campus
  • NSU's Jacksonville Campus
  • NSU's Miami - Kendall Campus
  • NSU's Orlando Campus
  • NSU's Tampa Campus
  • NSU's Palm Beach Campus

The site-based program at NSU's Fischler College of Education allows students to take classes in the evenings in a location near their homes. The distance education program allows traditional day students in to receive and submit coursework online and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. It also enables busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The field experiences provide teacher candidates with an opportunity to perform the duties of an elementary classroom teacher within the classroom setting. The purpose of these experiences is to allow teacher candidates to demonstrate their understanding of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices and subject area competencies. A minimum of 10 field experience hours required per education course and are to be completed throughout the elementary education program.

The clinical practice (internship) is the culminating experience for those teacher candidates earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. The teacher candidate is assigned full time to a school for 12 weeks. Opportunities are provided for the teacher candidate to engage in lesson planning, instruction, and parent/teacher conferences. During this period, the teacher candidate will observe, teach, and evaluate students in conjunction with the regular classroom teacher.

The bachelor’s degree in elementary education is state-approved in Florida and meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education’s elementary education (grades K–6) initial certification and ESOL endorsement.

Florida participates in the Interstate Agreement on Qualification of Educational Personnel with 38 other states 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 on achieving certification through reciprocity.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 

4-Year Plan of Study