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Urban Education

The master of science degree program in education with a specialization in urban education prepares educators in methods of curriculum development and instruction that are proven effective in urban schools. This specialization provides instructional strategies for teaching urban students concepts in mathematics, science, social studies, and literacy. Course content is research based and infuses best practices in urban education.

  • Completed admission application packet, including nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Official transcripts indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree by a regionally accredited institution (minimum 2.5 grade-point average required).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.

Cluster Organization (Students entering the Urban Education specialization will progress through the program as a cluster/cohort group and may start at any time. Sequence of courses may need to be modified in accordance to the student’s starting date).


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
CUR 506 Curriculum & Instruction 3
ESE 600 Survey of Exceptionalities of Children and Youth 3


Course Number Course Title Credits
URBE 500 Public Education in an Urban Setting (Offered Fall I, Winter I, andSummer I terms) 3
URBE 501 Classroom Management in Urban Schools (Offered Fall I term) 3
URBE 502 Instructional Methods in School Mathematics in Urban Schools (Offered Fall I term) 3
URBE 503 Instructional Methods in Science in Urban Schools (Offered Fall 2 term) 3
URBE 504 Instructional Methods in Literacy in Urban Schools (Offered Fall 2 term) 3
URBE 505 Parental and Community Involvement in Urban Schools (Offered Winter 1 term) 3
URBE 506 Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment in Urban Schools (Offered Winter 1 term) 3


Course Number Course Title Credits
TSOL 510 Classroom TESOL, Theory and Strategies for Teachers 3
EDU 502 Psychological Foundation in Education 3
RED 560 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3
URBE 507 Integration of Technology in Urban Schools (Offered Winter 2 term) 3
URBE 508 Instructional Methods for the Social Studies in Urban Schools (Offered Winter 2 term) 3


Course Number Course Title Credits
URBE 699 Applied Professional Experience in Urban Education 3
EDU 620 Teacher Education Simulation 0.5


Coursework for the urban education 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 degrees without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

The applied professional experience is one of many practical applications included in the urban education specialization. It is the final step in the completion of the program. Conducted in an appropriate urban 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’s 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;
  • 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.

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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