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Brain-Based Teaching Program

The Brain-Based Teaching program focuses on empowering teacher leaders with a practical framework and strategies for enhancing student achievement grounded in a synergy of education, mind, and brain research. Students will explore how educators can help their own students as well as other educators using what is known about neuroplasticity, how learning changes the physical structure of the brain and methodologies for differentiating instruction in ways that help diverse learners fulfill their unique potential. A central focus is on teaching the cognitive and metacognitive skills essential for career and college success in the 21st Century. Program objectives are aligned with state and national accomplished teaching standards. Graduates of the Brain-Based Teaching program will earn an M.S. with a major in Brain-Based Teaching. The Brain-Based Teaching program is not a certification/licensure program.

Learning and Teaching
(Concentration Code F580)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EDUB 610 BrainSMART Science, Structure, and Strategies 6
EDUB 612 Thinking for Results: Applying the Science of Student Achievement 6
EDUB 614 Differentiated Instruction: Respecting Brain-Based Learner Differences 6
EDUB 617 Courageous Learners: Tools for Teaching Students at Risk 6
EDUB 699 Teacher Leadership Institute: Action Research Project 6
EDUB 619 Student Achievement and Classroom Management 6


Coursework for an M.S. with a brain-based teaching specialization is available completely online. The online delivery option allows candidates at the Fischler College of Education to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The distance education delivery option allows busy international students and professionals to complete their M.S. degree without having to leave their jobs or travel to our South Florida locations.

Cluster Organization (Students entering the Brain-Based Teaching specialization will progress through the program as a cluster/cohort group and may start at any time. Sequence of courses may need to be modified in accordance to the student’s starting date).

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Successful completion of the education field-based project;
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for degree.

Faculty members for the Master of Science (M.S.) program are scholars and educators from the Nova Southeastern University Fischler College of Education and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition, many are also highly respected professional practitioners within brain-based teaching, and 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.

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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