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Elementary Education

With NSU’s Master of Science in Elementary Education, you will gain the skills necessary to ensure a child's future is a bright one. Learn how to teach children in grades K-6, and dabble in the areas of language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the arts. Our course content is research based and infuses best practices in education. Take in the valuable insights our professors provide, and bring your edge to elementary schools.

Delivery Options

Conveniently offered entirely online, you can participate in courses from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 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
CUR 0526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDU 0508 Instructional and Assessment Strategies 3
ELE 0503 Reading in the Elementary Classroom 3
ELE 0504 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School 3
RED 0554 Assessment in Reading 3
TSOL 0510 Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers 3
TSOL 0520 Second Language Learning: Theory, Methods, and Evaluation 3
ELE 0601 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School 3
ELE 0502 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School 3
ELE 0602 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School 3
ELE 0699 Applied Professional Experience in Elementary Education 3
ELE 0505 Teaching Visual Arts and Music in the Elementary School 2
ELE 0506 Teaching Physical Education and Health Education in the Elementary School 2
ELE 0603 Teaching Elementary Social Studies in a Multicultural Society 3


The applied professional experience is the capstone in the completion of this program. Conducted in an appropriate educational setting, candidates will maintain reflective journals and create files of samples of their students' work and the assessment instruments used to demonstrate achievement of the state professional and content standards. All applied professional experiences are accompanied by a portfolio detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project. This course is one of the many practical applications included in the program.

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.

Professional Licensure Disclosure/Notification Statement

Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice

Degree Title







Master of Science



Specialization: Elementary Education








All states and U.S. territories

Please be advised that in accordance with state and federal regulations, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is required to provide the following information to prospective students considering enrollment in a degree program that customarily leads to professional licensure, as well as current students enrolled in these programs. 

*PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE STATEMENT:  At this time, we have not made a determination as to whether the Master of Science degree in Elementary Education meets the educational requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories outside of Florida. Thus, while completion of your NSU program of study may assist in preparing you for your future professional endeavors, we currently have not made a determination as to whether the program leads to professional licensure in the states or territories other than Florida. 

The licensing boards in each state are responsible for establishing the requirements for licensure/certification for their state. Students who intend to return or move to any state other than Florida, or are enrolled in an online program and are physically located in a state other than Florida, need to review the professional licensure disclosures pertaining to their program and consult with the state professional licensing board.  The state professional licensing boards make the ultimate decision as to whether or not an individual will be eligible to sit for licensure based on the rules and regulations in place at the time the individual submits their application for licensure.

We encourage you to contact your applicable state licensing authority to familiarize yourself with the specific professional licensure requirements of your state. For licensing board contact information, please visit the State Department of Education Agencies webpage at

If you have trouble obtaining the information you need, or if you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Carbone at for assistance.

Updated as of 5/29/20

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