B.S. in Prekindergarten/Primary Education/ESOL

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Acquire the skills necessary to become a teacher of children from age three through grade three. Learn how to promote early literacy, mathematics skills, and social studies in early childhood. You'll become the essential guide for children during their most formative years.

What you’ll study
Take best practices refined through decades of educational research and apply them in your courses with real students. Gain an endorsement for completing courses in English as a Second Language (ESOL). As you finish your degree in prekindergarten/primary education, you'll spend 12 weeks teaching within the internship under supervision. You'll be ready for the next step as a professional educator.

How you’ll learn more
Your NSU experience incorporates the knowledge of an institution that has led the way in distance education. Our emphasis on using technology to advance educational goals prepares you for the future. An intensive teaching internship seminar reinforces the  curriculum within a practical application as you lead a class of young students into their future. 

Where it can take you
Become a certified teacher in Florida with an ESOL endorsement and potentially teach in any location. Find the place where you fit in, and where you can support the development of young students into active learners. The needs of students and families are great, and you can be part of their ultimate solution.

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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
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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

EDUCATION MAJOR COURSES (75 credits)

Teacher candidates in the state-approved program in the prekindergarten/primary education (age three through grade three) major must also keep track of program benchmarks within the courses. There are five benchmarks, coinciding with five blocks in the state-approved program. At these five benchmarks, teacher candidates provide documentation showing completion of program requirements. A supervised field experience occurs in EDEC 3520.

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 203 Foundations of Early Care and Education
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services. Pre-Requisites: None
3
EECP 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 ten hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting are required. Pre-Requisites: COMP 1500 AND COMP 2000, OR COMP 2020, AND MATH 1040 AND MATH 1050, or its equivalent, or a computer literacy test-out
3
EDEC 3350 Meeting the Special Needs of All Students
This course combines classes with on site visits to exemplary community programs that concentrate on meeting the special needs of children from birth to eight years old. Student will visit five sites for structured observations of model programs and then they will participate in four-hour classes focusing on the curricular and administrative aspects of the site visited. Readings and information provided will be analyzed, and the students will consider the successes, challenges, and barriers of each model. They will explore how collaboration of services can work toward the goal of meeting the special needs of all children and their families. In addition, to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. Pre-Requisites: COMP 1500, COMP 2000 or COMP 2020, MATH 1040, MATH 1050, MATH 1060 and PSYC 2370
3
EDEC 3520 Families in Early Childhood Programs: Challenges and Opportunities
This course examines from the perspective of family systems and their role in the development of young children. Students explore the challenges faced by today's families and identify collaboration and involvement practices to meet their needs. In addition to class attendance, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting are required. Pre-Requisites: EDEC 3320, EECP 3330, EDEC 3350, and passing scores on the General Knowledge Test.
3
EDEC 3530 Diagnosis, Assessment, and Evaluation of Young Children
Students in this course will be introduced to a philosophic overview of the assessment process, including transdisciplinary assessment teams and provisions for appropriate information gathering techniques- formal and informal-which include the construction, selection, interpretation, and evaluation of diagnostic instruments. The role of technology in testing, record maintenance, and composition of IEP/IFPS will be discussed/modeled. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. Pre-Requisites: EDEC 3320 or ECA 203
3
EDEC 2405 Children with Special Needs
This course provides an overview of disabilities and their impact on young children. Students examine the nature of disabilities and how they impact development during the early years. Legislation, history of programs and services available for children with special needs and their families are discussed. Pre-Requisites: None
3
EECP 3550 Child Guidance and Classroom Management
Students in this course will examine appropriate and developmentally sensitive strategies for managing behavior in typically and atypically developing children ages three through eight years. Performance of functional analysis of behavior and collaboration with support specialties will be discussed. The importance of consistency and proactive strategies and understanding the affective domain of the child will be stressed. Pre-Requisites: EDEC 3320 or ECA 203
3
EDEC 4320 Cultural Diversity and Family-Community Development
Students in this course will learn how to work with families and practice how to use materials in the home and community environment to foster development and the acquisition of skills. Students will examine information that can create a vital link among school, community, and home in our multiethnic society. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. Pre-Requisites: EDEC 3520, EDEC 3530, EDUC 3350 and EECP 3550
3
EECP 4330 Health, Nutrition, Safety, and Physical Development in Early Childhood
Students in this course will study how to promote maximum growth and psychological safety of young children. Emphasis is placed on the indicators and procedures to ameliorate child abuse and neglect. Sources of community support and resources to support prevention and family strength will be highlighted. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. Pre-Requisites: None
3
EECP 4345 Principles and Practices of Reading and Language Arts Assessment in Early Childhood Education
Students will investigate a range of literacy and reading techniques and materials that assess reading progress in the early childhood classroom. Students will apply, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate methods for evaluating, improving and remediating individual prereading skills to ensure future success of all students within a diverse early childhood setting. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of clinical observation and participation within an early childhood setting (prekindergarten-grade three) is required. Pre-Requisites: EECP 4340 OR EECP 4520 OR ECA 242
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
EECP 4520 Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Teaching Reading in Early Childhood
This course examines concepts in reading, including sequential development, skills in word recognition, and comprehension methods and materials. The rationale for each method is discussed and practical application with young children is stressed. This course is designed to focus on prereading and reading skills of students from age three to grade three. The relationship of writing, listening, and language to reading development is included. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. Prerequisite/s: EECP 4340
3
EECP 4530 Developmentally Appropriate Practices for the Integration of Creative Arts Across the Early Childhood Curriculum
Students will plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate and integrated content and methodology in the area of emergent and developing understanding of art, drama, movement, and music. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting are required. Prerequisite/s: None
3
EECP 4545 Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Integrating Math and Science in Early Childhood Education
Students will focus on instruction and integration of mathematics and science content and methodology in the areas of emergent and developing mathematical and scientific principles. Theories of child development and learning will be reviewed as they apply to hands on instruction as well as assessment in both content areas for children in the age range 3 through 3rd grade. Students will plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate lessons while demonstrating best practices. Integration of both mathematics and science content area throughout the curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways will be stressed. Additionally, strategies for involvement of family and community will be stressed. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required. Pre-Requisites: ECA 203 OR EDEC 3320
3
EECP 4560 Integrating Literacy Throughout the Early Childhood Curriculum
Students will be made aware of the vital role of early exposure to literature in developing voluntary, avid, and competent readers. The course will focus on components and types of literature, a review of varied literary samples and application of literature to the total curriculum. Elements of cultural, family involvement, and special needs students will be addressed. The course will further examine the teacher's role in evaluating and selecting appropriate and valuable literature to be used in the classroom. Techniques for fostering students' ability to understand, recall, integrate information and improve comprehension as independent learners will be presented through the world of literature. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of clinical interaction, observation and instructional participation in a early childhood setting (Pre-K - Gr. 3) is required. Prerequisites: EECP 4340 or ECA 242
3

ESOL Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
ESOL 4901 Methods of Teaching ESOL
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. Prerequisite/s: ESOL 2903
3
ESOL 4902 Curriculum and Materials Development
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. Prerequisite/s: ESOL 2903
3
ESOL 4904 Linguistics for ESOL Educators
This course provides insight into dialect diversity and the structure of language, including phonology, morphology, and syntax. Causes of linguistic interference for students from diverse language backgrounds are analyzed. An emphasis is placed on students being able to apply the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) for purposes of spoken language analysis. Students will analyze language and determine appropriate instructional strategies, using knowledge of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse. A course in applied linguistics is essential to understand how first and second languages develop in students. For the teacher of LEP students significant insights can be made regarding the student?s rate of progress in learning a new language and the potential difficulties that student might encounter. This course is required by all students seeking their ESOL endorsement. Students should check with their advisors as to the full sequence of ESOL course that they may be required to take to obtain their ESOL endorsement. Prerequisite/s: ESOL 2903
3
ESOL 4905 Testing and Evaluation in ESOL
Participants will learn to identify suitable ESOL assessment instruments and placement tests for ESOL students. Identification of available tests and construction of necessary ESOL test items in the cultural and language arts areas will be learned. The design and interpretation of appropriate testing--proficiency and achievement measures--as well as the interpretation of such assessment, will be stressed. Traditional assessment procedures as well as authentic assessment will be incorporated into required activities. The bilingual/special education interface is also considered. A variety of necessary record keeping methods for different types of assessment will be discussed and used in assignments. A 10 hour field experience is required for this course. Pre-requisite/s: ESOL 2903
3
HIST 3450 History of American Immigration 3
EECP 4570 PreK-Primary Internship and Seminar
This course for PreK-Primary 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 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 (9 credits), EDUC 2500, ESOL 2903, EDEC 3320, EECP 3330, EDEC 3350, EDEC 3520, EDEC 3530, EECP 3550, EDEC 4320, EECP 4330, EECP 4340, EECP 4345, EDUC 4200, EECP 4520, EECP 4530, EECP 4545, EECP 4550, EECP 4560, EDUC 4501
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TOTAL CREDITS: 120

Coursework in the bachelor of science in prekindergarten/primary education TESOL degree program is available to both traditional students and working professionals at NSU’s main campuses in South Florida, completely online, and at two of NSU’s Regional Campuses located in Florida. The kindergarten/primary education major is presently offered at the following locations:

  • NSU's Fort Lauderdale Main Campus
  • NSU's Miami – Kendall Campus
  • NSU's Tampa Campus

The site-based program allows students to take classes in the evenings in a location near their homes. The online program allows students, both domestic and international, to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The distance education program allows busy professionals the option 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 a 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 hours total are required per education course and are to be completed throughout the program.

The clinical practice (internship) is the culminating experience for those teacher candidates earning a bachelor’s degree in an education field. 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 of science in prekindergarten/primary education with ESOL endorsement, Florida state-approved for initial certification, meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education's prekindergarten/primary education (age 3 - grade 3) initial certification and ESOL endorsement.

Florida participates in the national Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement facilitating mobility of Educational Personnel with over 50 other states and jurisdictions for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the state of Florida must contact their 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