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Middle Grades and Secondary Mathematics Education (Florida Initial Certification)

The M.S. in Education with a specialization in Mathematics Education leading to initial certification that focuses on preparing non-educators to enter the classroom in the areas of middle and secondary school mathematics. This specialization provides future educators with skills for assessment, curriculum development, and instruction in subject areas such as geometry, algebra, and calculus, as well as strategies for developing problem solving skills in students. Course content 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;
  • 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 600 Accomplished Practices Seminar 0.5
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
RED 585 Reading in the Content Areas 3
CUR 591 Assessment and Evaluation 3
TSOL 510 Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers 3
MAT 504 Algebra in Secondary Schools 3
MAT 662 History, Current Trends, and Technology in Mathematics Education 3
MAT 509 Learning Geometry in the K-12 Classroom 3
MAT 511 Teaching Probability and Statistics in the K-12 Classroom 3
MAT 508 Conquering the Teaching of Calculus I 3
MAT 506 Strategies for Teaching Calculus II 3
MAT 507 Linear and Abstract Algebra for Tea chers 3
MAT 687 Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning Difficulties in Mathematics 3
MAT 522 Methods of Teaching Middle and Secondary Mathematics 3
MAT 513 Problem-Solving Strategies in Mathematics Classrooms 3
EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation 0.5
EDU 688 Teaching Internship Seminar 3


Coursework for the Education with a specialization in Mathematics Education leading to initial certification, is available online. The online delivery option allows candidates to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

  • 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 Math Education 5-9 or 9-12
  • 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.

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.

The supervised teaching internship is the culminating experience for those candidates who already hold a bachelor's degree 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 a minimum of 12 weeks. Opportunities are provided for the intern to engage in lesson planning, instruction, and parent/teacher conferences. During this period the intern will observe, teach, and evaluate students in conjunction with the regular classroom teacher.

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