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Early Literacy and Reading Education

The Educational Specialist Program in Early Literacy and Reading Education prepares educators in language acquisition and literacy development for children from birth to age eight. The Ed.S. program specialization in reading education provides educators with advanced skills for assessment, curriculum development, and teaching reading comprehension strategies, as well as a foundation in human development and the impact of society and cultures on language development and literacy.

  • 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 the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDU 708 Research Design in Education 3
EDU 702 Curriculum Trends and Innovations 3
EDU 714 Families, Schools, and Communities Ethical Issues and Practices 3
EDU 719 Current Research in Human Development 3
EDU 729 Evaluation and Assessment Practices 3
LTRC 704 Research in Language and Literacy Development Social and Cultural 3
LTRC 711 Assessment in the Early Literacy and Reading Classroom 3
LTRC 712 Play, Culture, and Emergent Literacy 3
LTRC 716 Curricular Approaches and Prescriptive Instruction in Early Literacy Programs 3
LTRC 722 Research in Oral and Written Language Development 3
LTRC 735 Advanced Seminar in Children's Literature 3
RED 587 Supervised Reading Practicum II Group Remediation (Required for students pursuing the endorsement in Reading) 3
APR 750 Education Field-Based Project (Offered Fall 1 and Winter 1) 3


The practicum and the field-based project are one of the many practical applications included in the early literacy and reading education specialization. These culminating experiences are the final step in the completion of an educational specialist degree. The purpose of the practicum and the field-based project are to engage the candidate in a problem-solving experience designed to improve or enhance an educational situation. The process is systematic and involves submission of a formal practicum proposal; active participation, implementation, and/or research; evaluation of the activities; and submission of a final portfolio.

Coursework for an Ed.S. degree in Early Literacy and Reading Education from the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Fischler College of Education is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The online delivery option allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The degree program also has a site-based delivery option which allows students in South Florida and other areas in the state to earn their Ed.S. in Early Literacy and Reading Education by taking classes in the evenings or on weekends in a location near their homes. The distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are 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, who 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.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework for an Ed.S. degree
  • Successful completion of the administrative internship, including the portfolio outlining the roles of an educational leader
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for an educational specialist degree
  • All students must have three years of Teaching Experience to complete graduation requirements
  • Nevada residents are exempt from the state exam requirement
  • Educational Leadership students who reside in Georgia are required to take and pass all sections of the Georgia Assessment of the Certification of Educators (GACE) for Educational Leadership
  • Educational Leadership students who reside in states other than Florida, Georgia, and Nevada are required to complete their state’s department of education Educational Leadership exam requirement

The Education Specialist in Educational Leadership, state approved in Nevada and states other than Florida, meets all requirements of the Department of Education’s educational specialist certification/license.

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