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Elementary Education (Florida Initial Certification)

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Elementary Education with ESOL and Reading Endorsements (leading to initial certification for teachers in Florida) focuses on preparing non-educators to enter the classroom while emphasizing the teaching of children in kindergarten through grade six. This specialization provides future educators with a foundation in classroom management, curriculum development, and instruction strategies, as well as skills for assessing and teaching language and literacy, mathematics, science, and the arts. Course content is research-based and infuses best practices in education, while aligning directly with the Florida Department of Education’s certification requirements for elementary education.

Who Should Apply

  • Individuals with bachelor's degrees in a non-education field who wish to enter the teaching profession as elementary school teachers.
  • 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;
  • Passing scores for the CLAST, PRAXIS I, or General Knowledge Test or minimum combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 1000.

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDU 514 Pre-Internship Practices 3
EDU 501 School and Society 3
EDU 502 Psychological Foundations in Education 3
EDU 503 Classroom Management and Organization 3
ELE 502 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
ELE 602 Teaching of Science in the Elementary School
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
ELE 505 Teaching Visual Arts and Music in the Elementary School
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
ELE 506 Teaching Physical Education and Health Education in the Elementary School
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
CUR 591 Assessment and Evaluation 3
ELE 503 Reading in the Elementary Classroom
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
ELE 504 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
TSOL 510 Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers 3
TSOL 520 Second Language Learning Theory, Methods, and Evaluation 3
RED 560 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
ELE 601 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
ELE 603 Teaching Elementary Social Studies in a Multicultural Society
Prerequisite/s: EDU 514, EDU 601
EC 5015 Teaching and Working with 5-Year Old Children: The Kindergarten Classroom 1
EDU 688 Teaching Internship Seminar 9


The internship and seminar are the culminating experience for those candidates who already hold bachelor's degrees in a field other than education. The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity to perform the duties of a classroom teacher within the classroom setting. Under the guidance of an experienced cooperating teacher and a faculty supervisor, the intern is assigned full time to a school for 14 weeks. Opportunities are provided for the intern to engage in lesson planning, instruction, and parent/teacher conferences. Under the guidance of an experienced teacher and a faculty supervisor, the intern is assigned full time to a school for 12 weeks.

Coursework for the elementary education specialization, initial certification in Florida, is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses throughout Florida. The online delivery option allows students 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 delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

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

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas:
    1. Professional Education Test (PEd)
    2. General Knowledge Test (GK) or CLAST (if taken prior to July 1, of 2002) 
    3. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Elementary Education K-12
  • Degree Application
  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework.
  • Successful completion of the Supervised Teaching Internship, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence within the Educator Accomplished Practices.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The master of science in education with a specialization in elementary education, leading to initial certification in Florida meets all requirements of the Florida Department of Education’s elementary education (K-6) certification.

Florida participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement facilitating mobility of educational personnel with more than 50 other states and jurisdictions for teacher certification and/or licensure. Graduates who wish to teach outside the state of Florida must contact the state’s department of education for information on achieving certification/licensure through reciprocity.

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