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Elementary Education

The master of science in education with a specialization in elementary education at the Fischler College of Education helps prepare educators in the area of kindergarten through grade six instruction. The specialization helps provide educators with the skills to develop curriculum and instruct students in the areas of language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the arts. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in education.

  • 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
EDU 5000 Orientation to the M.S. and Ed.S. Program 0
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


Coursework for the master’s in elementary education is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses. The online delivery option allows international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses 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 locations near their homes. The distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

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.

Faculty members in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are dedicated to preparing aspiring teachers and those seeking careers as professionals in education-related fields. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices;
  • Successful completion and passing of all testing and assessment requirements for specialization and program;
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for 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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