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PreKindergarten-Primary Education

The master of science degree program in education with a specialization in prekindergarten and primary education prepares educators to work with children ages three to eight (prekindergarten through grade three). This specialization provides educators with the necessary knowledge base and skills to plan and provide appropriate learning experiences for young children. Course content is research based and incorporates best practices in early childhood education. Field experiences are embedded throughout the coursework allowing students to apply knowledge into the classroom.

  • 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
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 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
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 Ages Birth-Age 8 3
EC 699 Applied Professional Experience in Early Childhood Education 3
EC 521 Developmentally Appropriate Literature-Based Curriculum for Young Children 3
EC 503 Child Study and Assessment 3


Coursework for the prekindergarten and primary education specialization is available completely online and on-site at many of the NSU Campuses throughout the state of Florida. The online program allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. The site-based program 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.

The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the prekindergarten and primary education 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 courses in the specialization;
  • 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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