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Elementary Education

The Ed.S. with a specialization in Elementary Education from the Fischler College focuses on training educators in the area of kindergarten through grade six instruction. This elementary education graduate program helps provide educators with advanced knowledge for teaching critical thinking, creativity, and multiple subject areas in the elementary classroom. Course content in the education specialist degree online 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 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
ELE 712 Mathematical Reasoning and Problem Solving in the Elementary Classroom 3
ELE 715 Critical Thinking in the Elementary Classroom 3
ELE 714 Teaching for Multicultural Understanding in the Elementary Social Studies Classroom 3
ELE 711 Literacy Theory and Practice in the Elementary Classroom 3
ELE 713 Scientific Inquiry and Discovery in the Elementary Classroom 3
ELE 716 Creative Thinking in the Elementary Classroom 3
APR 750 Education Field-Based Project 3


The field-based project is one of many practical applications included in the elementary education specialization. This culminating experience is the final step in the completion of the program. The purpose of the field-based project is 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 the elementary education degree online is also available at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The online delivery option allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses 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.

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
  • Successful completion of the field-based project
  • 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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