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Science Education

The Educational Specialist Program in Science Education from the Nova Southeastern University Fischler College of Education prepares educators in advanced secondary school sciences. This specialization provides educators who want to pursue an Ed.S. degree in Science Education with knowledge of multiple science areas, such as quantum physics, molecular biology, and meteorology and climatology, as well as skills to instruct students in this content area through a variety of learning techniques. Course content for an educational specialist degree is research based and infuses the best practices in science 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 the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDU 708 Research Design in Education 3
EDU 702 Curriculum Trends and Innovation 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
SCI 730 Descriptive Quantum Physics for Teachers 3
SCI 731 Teaching Molecular Biology 3
SCI 732 Trends in Planetary Science Education 3
SCI 733 Teaching New Concepts in Deep Sea Exploration 3
SCI 734 Population Education and the Environment 3
SCI 735 Teaching Meteorology and Climatology 3
APR 750 Education Field-Based Project 3


The field-based project is one of many practical applications included in the science education specialization. This culminating experience is the final step in the completion of the Ed.S. 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 Educational Specialist program with a specialization in Science Education is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The Fischler College of Education’s online delivery 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 delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their Ed.S. in science education 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 the specialization in science education
  • Successful completion of the field-based project
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed application for Ed.S. 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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