Educating the Next Generation of Teachers and Leaders

The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice is a global professional learning community dedicated to teaching, service, and scholarship with integrity.

The college is committed to offering technology-rich, student-centered educational experiences through high-quality online, blended, and traditional learning.

Students are prepared to lead change in diverse communities with an emphasis on fostering equity, cultural awareness, and social responsibility.

Our Departments

NSU’s Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in the fields of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Educational Specialist degree programs and certifications are also available.
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At the Fischler College of Education & School of Criminal Justice, we are committed to creating academic programs that serve the needs of our students and the community in which we live. Throughout the course of your studies, we hope you will gain knowledge and insights that will allow you to grow personally, academically, and professionally. Our goal is to help you succeed, and we know that by working together, you will achieve your dreams. As a member of our college, you can count on us to help you along the way. "

Kimberly Durham, Psy.D., Dean, Abraham S. Fischler College of Education & School of Criminal Justice

Our Mission

NSU's mission as a selective, doctoral research university is to deliver innovative academic programs in a dynamic, lifelong learning and research environment emphasizing core values of integrity, academic excellence, leadership, and community service through engaged students, faculty, and staff.

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About Our Namesake

Abraham S. Fischler joined NSU in 1966 as a professor in education and was later named president emeritus in 2005, serving on numerous community, education, and other boards, including the Broward Education Foundation. Recognizing that the educational system was failing about one-third of the American population, Fischler promoted drastic changes in the way students learn. He began the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education to fill the need for a curriculum that would be tailored to the student’s individual needs. During his 12-year tenure as president of NSU, Dr. Fischler strove to constantly push the boundaries of traditional education methods and succeeded in centering the University around the needs of its students. Dr. Fischler continued to advocate for change and evolution in the American school system until his passing on April 3, 2017, at the age of 89.

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Autism Institute

The Autism Institute assists families with members on the autism spectrum through early intervention programs, public and private school options, college support, and support for families.

Programs include:

  • Kapila Family Foundation Starting Right Program
  • Baudhuin Preschool
  • The Academy
  • Access Plus
Learn More about the Autism Institute

Building Communities

NSU’s mission extends beyond providing university learning by reaching out to surrounding communities and building positive connections and making a meaningful impact. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to lend their time and talent to serve their community through programs like “Florida Fund for Minority Teachers” and “Restorative Justice in Dependency Court."

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Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation


The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice (FCE & SCJ) is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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