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As an elementary school teacher, you will help shape the lives of future generations through your expertise in the classroom to promote academic excellence, equity, inclusion, cultural awareness and social responsibility in diverse educational settings. Today’s students need educators who are prepared for the changing landscape of education. Nova Southeastern University’s state-approved program for Florida teacher certification is your first step.

A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from NSU is a win-win. It will give you the knowledge and experiences you need to drive student success and it will elevate you as an exemplary teacher-leader. NSU’s curriculum covers best practices and cutting-edge teaching methods. You’ll learn how to work with a wide range of learners through simulation and real-world classroom experiences in one of the most multicultural school systems in the nation. Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to sit for Florida state certification exams. You’ll also have the option to apply for endorsements in reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Why Should You Major in Elementary Education at NSU?

Create Your Own Style of Teaching

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment positions for elementary school teachers continues to grow at a steady pace, because of rising student enrollment.

With an elementary education degree, you can devote your career to an area of education you’re interested in (e.g. reading, mathematics, social studies, etc.) or pursue other careers in educational settings. Some graduates continue their education to pursue careers beyond the classroom as school or district leaders.

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Average Starting Salary

The average salary for an elementary school teacher in May 2019 was $59,420 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Shark Destinations

You’ll find NSU education alumni at school districts all around the country, including Broward County Public Schools and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (the sixth largest in the nation), Palm Beach County Public Schools, Pinellas County Public Schools, the Archdiocese of Miami and Exceed Preparatory Academy. Our alumni serve as teachers for K-12 students or support the future of other educators in administrative roles.

NSU Teaching Academy at Tampa Bay

Offered on NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus, the Teaching Academy enables you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education in four years. Upon graduation, you’ll get a guaranteed a job offer with the Pinellas County School District.