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Prekindergarten Disabilities

The Prekindergarten Disabilities Endorsement program at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Fischler College of Education is designed for practicing Florida educators with a certification in special education who are working with children in a prekindergarten setting. The program’s academic components cover the nature and needs of young children with disabilities, as well as working with families of young children with disabilities and the community. The courses in the endorsement program meet the Florida Department of Education’s requirements for an endorsement in prekindergarten disabilities and can only be added on to a certification in special 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
  • Proof of valid teaching certificate

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
EP 5265 Nature and Needs of Young Children with Disabilities (Fall I & Summer I only) 3
EP 5270 Assessing the needs of Young Children with Disabilities (Fall II only) 3
EP 5275 Intervention Strategies and Classroom Behavior Management of Young Children with Disabilities (Winter I only) 3
EP 5280 Working with the Families of Young Children with Disabilities and the Community (Fall I & Winter II only) 3


Coursework for the Prekindergarten Disabilities Endorsement program at the Fischler College of Education is available online and at many of the NSU Campuses, with a main campus in South Florida. The distance education (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 international students and busy professionals to complete the endorsement program 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.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework 
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Courses in this endorsement program meet Florida Department of Education requirements for an endorsement in prekindergarten disabilities, and can only be added on to a current certificate in exceptional student education, preschool education, primary education, prekindergarten/primary education, or early childhood education. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his or her state department of education regarding certification, recertification, and/or endorsement requirements.

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