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Education Specialist In Brain Based Teaching

The Brain-Based Teaching program focuses on empowering teacher leaders with a practical framework and strategies for enhancing student achievement grounded in a synergy of education, mind, and brain research. Students will explore how educators can help their own students as well as other educators using what is known about neuroplasticity, how learning changes the physical structure of the brain and methodologies for differentiating instruction in ways that help diverse learners fulfill their unique potential.

A central focus is on teaching the cognitive and metacognitive skills essential for career and college success in the 21st Century. Program objectives are aligned with state and national accomplished teaching standards. Graduates of the Brain-Based Teaching program will earn an Ed.S. with a major in Brain-Based Teaching. The Brain-Based Teaching program is not a certification/licensure program.

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDUB 730 The Neurobiology of BrainSMART Instructional Leadership 6
EDUB 731 Best Practices in Thinking for Leading 6
EDUB 732 Differentiated Instructional Leadership 6
EDUB 702 Curriculum Trends and Innovations 3
EDUB 708 Research and Design in Education 3
EDUB 714 Families, Schools, and Communities: Ethical Issues and Practices 3
EDUB 719 Current Research in Human Development 3
EDUB 729 Evaluation and Assessment Practices 3
EDUB 799 Teacher Leadership Institute: Leading Brain-Based Change 3


Coursework for an Ed.S. with a brain-based teaching specialization is available completely online. The online delivery option allows candidates at the Fischler College of Education to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The distance education delivery option allows busy international students and professionals to complete their Ed.S. degree without having to leave their jobs or travel to our South Florida locations.

Cluster Organization (Students entering the Brain-Based Teaching specialization will progress through the program as a cluster/cohort group and may start at any time. Sequence of courses may need to be modified in accordance to the student’s starting date).

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework
  • Successful completion of the education field-based project
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree

Faculty members for the Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) program are scholars and educators from the Nova Southeastern University Fischler College of Education and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition, many are also highly respected professional practitioners within brain-based teaching, and 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.

Students are advised to contact their department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals. It is the responsibility of each student to contact his or her state department of education regarding certification, recertification, and/or endorsement requirements.

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