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Charter School Education Leadership

The Master of Science in Education with a Specialization in Charter School Education Leadership at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Fischler College of Education focuses on administration, leadership, and teaching in charter schools. This master’s degree specialization provides students with training in the overall educational industry, curriculum, assessment, managing charter school administration, public relations, and various other topics of interest to the charter school stakeholder. Course content for an M.S.Ed. in Charter School Education Leadership is research based and infuses best practices in education.

  • Completed admission application packet, including nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.

  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 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
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
CSED 501 Planning a Charter School Program-- Start-up Logistics 3
CSED 503 Community and Public Relations 3
CSED 504 Teaching Exceptional Students in a Charter School Classroom 3
CSED 506 Curriculum and Instruction in Charter Schools 3
CSED 591 Assessment and Student Evaluations in Charter Schools 3
EDL 500 Problem Solving and Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 505 Educational Budgeting and Finance 3
EDL 525 Human Resources: Process and Staff Development 3
EDL 530 Management of Schools 3
EDL 550 Electronic Tools for Educational Leaders 3
CSED 698 Charter School Leadership Internship 3


Coursework for a Master of Science in Education degree with a Specialization in Charter School Education Leadership at the Fischler College of Education is conducted entirely online. This approach allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. This distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their master’s degree in charter school education leadership without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The school leadership internship is one of the many practical applications included in the charter school education leadership specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the M.S.Ed. program. The purpose of this internship is to provide the candidate with an opportunity to perform the duties of a charter school administrator in an actual work setting. Under the guidance of an experienced, cooperating administrator and a faculty supervisor, the intern is provided with opportunities to interview, observe, work with, and perform the duties of school leaders in a charter school setting. Candidates must complete leadership portfolios and seminars related to the role and responsibilities of school leaders.

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 courses for the specialization in charter school education leadership;
  • Successful completion of School Leadership Internship;
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for Master of Science in Education degree.

Students are advised to contact their state department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals.

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