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Fischler Academy

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this program only accept students interested in becoming K-12 teachers? 

No, our program welcomes students with a variety of career interests and goals.

Do I have to live on campus to be a part of The Fischler Academy?

You do not need to live on campus to be a student in The Fischler Academy, but you will be actively involved in both classes and events held on campus.

How will students be selected for The Fischler Academy?

Once a student has completed the Premier Programs Application, they will be contacted to attend one of our Shark Preview weekends held during the Winter semester. During Shark Preview, the student will be interviewed by faculty and administrators within the program. Students that are able to demonstrate excellent academic, communication, and leadership skills will be selected for the program.

Is this program accredited?

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, educational specialist, doctorate, and professional degrees.

The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice at Nova Southeastern University is accredited by (CAEP) the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (

The following bachelor's programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education and lead to initial teaching certification:

  • Elementary Education
  • Exceptional Student Education/ Special Education
  • Biology Education (Grades 6-12)
  • English Education (Grades 6-12)
  • Math Education (Grades 6-12)
  • Social Studies Education (Grades 6-12)

Is the Fischler Academy open to international students requiring F-1 visas?

Yes!  The program is designed so that F-1 international students are able to complete all requirements of the programs and maintain their F-1 status.

Will F-1 students who are admitted to the program also receive the scholarship?

Of course!  All Fischler Academy students will receive the $18,000 annual non-stackable tuition scholarship. 

Are there any special admissions requirements for international students?

Please review the International Undergraduate Admissions page for all of the international undergraduate admissions requirements. 

Can F-1 Fischler Academy students work as university tutors and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders?

Absolutely!  F-1 students are permitted to work on campus for up to 20 hours a week during the academic year so they will gain the same experience (and money!) while they provide academic supports to their NSU peers.

Will international students be able to participate in the international travel component?

The trip will be open to all Fischler Academy students but non-U.S. passport holders may be subject to additional visa requirements and fees (at the student’s expense), as determined by the country of travel.  In the event a student will not be able to participate in the trip due to visa restrictions, alternate experiential opportunities will be identified to ensure all learning outcomes will be met. 

Will F-1 students be able to complete the required internship and work as a ‘full-time pool substitute teacher’ during the program?

Yes!  Students will be able to use the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) F-1 employment benefit to participate in both the required internship and the paid substitute teacher experience. 

Will F-1 students be able to interview and receive the guaranteed placement in a public school after they graduate?

Absolutely.  After completing the master’s portion of the program, students will be able to apply for and use the one year Optional Practical Training (OPT) F-1 employment benefit to gain this critical experience as a professional in one of Florida’s largest county public school systems.  However, F-1 students need to be aware that the OPT benefit tied to the bachelor’s degree portion of the program will be forfeited since this program requires an immediate transition between the undergraduate and graduate level studies. 

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