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Multicultural Early Intervention

The master of science in education with a specialization in multicultural early intervention provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively address the cultural and diverse needs of young children and their families in early intervention services and programs.

  • 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 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 586 Early Intervention: Trends and Directions 3
EC 502 Program Development for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (Birth - Age 5) 3
EP 5265 Nature and Needs of Young Children with Disabilities
(Fall I & Summer I Only)
EC 501 Language Acquisition and Development
EC 519 Health, Safety, and Nutrition Issues in Early Childhood 3
EP 5280 Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities and the Community 
(Fall I & Winter II Only)
EP 5270 Assessing the Needs of Young Children with Disabilities 
(Fall II Only)
ECSE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Early Childhood Special Education 
(Fall II or Winter II Only)
EP 5275 Intervention Strategies and Classroom Behavior Management of Young Children with Disabilities 
(Winter I Only)
EC 518 Developmentally Appropriate Curricular Practices in Multicultural Settings 3
EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation 0.5


Coursework in the multicultural early intervention specialization is conducted entirely online This approach allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. This distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete their degree without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances. The program is also available in a cohort format at selected NSU campuses.

The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the multicultural early intervention specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the 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 portfolios detailing the rationale, process, and evaluation of the project.

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;
  • Successful completion of the Applied Professional Experience, including the portfolio, demonstrating competence with the Educator Accomplished Practices;
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for degree conferral.

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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