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Education Specialist in Curriculum and Teaching

The educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching at the Fischler College of Education focuses on preparing classroom teachers and administrators in the area of curriculum instruction. This specialization helps provide educators with the skills to effectively deliver curricula and cultivate critical and creative thinking in the classroom. Course content for the Ed.S. degree in curriculum and teaching is research based and infuses best practices in education.


  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a master’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average required)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDU 704 Comparative Studies of Education Systems (Offered Fall 1 and Winter 1) 3
EDU 708 Research and Design in Education 3
EDU 714 Families, Schools, and Communities Ethical Issues and Practices 3
EDU 719 Current Research in Human Development 3
EDU 722 Effective Teacher Behaviors (Offered Fall 1 and Summer 2) 3
EDU 723 Values, Ethics, Character Education (Offered Fall 2 and Summer 2) 3
EDU 724 Critical and Creative Thinking Processes in the K-12 Classroom (Offered Fall 1 and Summer 1) 3
EDU 725 Models of Teaching Curriculum (Offered Fall 2 and Winter 1) 3
EDU 726 Issues in Curriculum and Teaching (Offered Fall 1 and Summer 1) 3
EDU 727 Curriculum, Teaching and Supervision School Leadership Roles (Offered Winter 1 and Winter 2) 3
EDU 729 Evaluation and Assessment Practices 3
APR 750 Educational Field-Based Project 3


Coursework for the curriculum and teaching specialization is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The education specialist degree online delivery option is convenient for international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses. This option allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based delivery option allows students to take classes in the evenings or on weekends in a location near their homes. The distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the computer science education specialization. This capstone project is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain a reflective journal and create a file of samples of their students’ work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by a portfolio detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

Faculty members for the educational specialist are recognized scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition, many are also highly respected professional practitioners. They 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 inspire others.

  • Satisfactory completion of the required research course
  • Satisfactory completion of all required courses in the specialization
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for degree

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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