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Prekindergarten-Primary Education (ESOL)

The master of science in education degree program with a specialization in prekindergarten/primary education is a state-approved program in Florida that includes the ESOL endorsement. This specialization provides educators with the required competencies, skills, and dispositions for teaching children ages 3 through grade three. Course content is research based and integrates developmentally and research- based practices and strategies for teaching young children. It also provides preparation to effectively meet the needs of young English language learners.

  1. Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University

  2. Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required)
  3. Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions
  4. Valid professional teaching certificate or temporary teaching certificate with passing scores for CLAST or General Knowledge Test

Course Number Course Title and Description 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
EC 620 Research Issues in Child Development 3
EC 518 Developmentally Appropriate Curricular Practices in Multicultural Settings 3
EC 511 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for Children Ages 3-8: Social Studies and the Arts 3
EP 5265 Nature and Needs of Young Children with Disabilities (Fall I & Summer I Only) 3
EC 509 Developmentally Appropriate Language, Literacy, and Early Reading Experiences for Children Ages 3-8 3
RED 570 Foundations of Reading: Theory and Practice 3
RED 554 Assessment in Reading 3
EC 513 Child Guidance and the Organization of Appropriate Environments for Children Ages 3-8 3
EC 522 Planning the Play-Based Curriculum: Arts and Movement for Children Birth-Age 8 3
EC 699 Applied Professional Experience 3
TSOL 510 Classroom TESOL Theory and Strategies for Teachers 3
EC 521 Developmentally Appropriate Literature-Based Curriculum for Young Children 3
TSOL 520 Second Language Learning: Theory, Methods, and Evaluation 3
EC 503 Child Study and Assessment 3
EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation 0.5


Students with a Temporary Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas:
    a. Professional Education Test (PED) 
    b. General Knowledge Test (GKT) or CLAST (if taken prior to July 1, of 2002) 
    c. Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3 – Grade 3)
    d. Evidence of student teaching experience or have a minimum of one (1) year of full-time teaching experience in a K-12 school.

Students with a Professional Teaching Certificate must provide:

  • Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) – Passing scores on the following areas: Subject Area Exam (SAE) in Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3 – Grade 3)
  • 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

 All students must submit a Degree Application

Coursework for the prekindergarten and primary education specialization is available online and on-site at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of 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 degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

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.

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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