Elite Teaching Programs for Tomorrow's Top Educators 

Great teachers have the power to inspire generations of students and make their mark on the world through their creativity, passion, and ability to connect with others.

Nova Southeastern University's Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice offers two unique academic teaching programs that shape aspiring educators like you into expert teachers.

Other education programs I applied to didn't offer me the 3+1 program. At NSU, I'm earning my bachelor’s and my master’s in just four years.

Vanessa c. | education

The Fischler Academy

Fort Lauderdale/Davie, FL

The Fischler Academy, located at our Fort Lauderdale campus, is a premier program that offers flexible pathways for extraordinary students with the option of a guaranteed full-time teaching position in a Florida school district.

What Can You Earn at The Fischler Academy?

Two Degrees

Earn a Bachelor’s + Master’s in Four Years

$21,000 Scholarship

Receive $21K for 3 Years and
a 50% Discount on
Master’s Tuition for 3
Consecutive Semesters*

Job Placement

Guaranteed Job Offer in a Florida School

Free Travel

International Travel Experience Included

*This scholarship is not stackable to any additional major institutional awards
(Presidents, Presidents Premier, Dean's) and it is not amendable in terms of
directed allocations.

What’s Your Specialty?

Future-focused options for driven students.

Whether you’re interested in teaching in elementary, middle or high schools, in STEM or in the humanities, you have opportunities to specialize your field of study at The Fischler Academy. No matter what path you choose, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get in a classroom and apply what you learn in class to real situations.

You can pursue fields of study in:

  • Computer Science Education
  • Child Development
  • Education
  • Elementary Education with ESOL/Reading Endorsement
  • Exceptional Student Education with ESOL Endorsement
  • Secondary Biology Education
  • Secondary English Education with ESOL and Reading Endorsements
  • Secondary Math Education
  • Secondary Social Studies Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Year One

Fall Semester: Students will participate in an ‘early immersion’ experience as part of their First Year Seminar program. This immersive experience will be coordinated with either NSU’s University School or one of the Broward County Public Schools, allowing students to gain an early ‘taste’ of life as a teacher.

Winter Semester: Interested students will have an opportunity to train to become University tutors with NSU’s Tutoring and Testing Center Students or SI Leaders in University courses (earning $1,100 per course) with high ‘DFW’ rates to improve overall student achievement, retention, and graduation. Students will also be inducted into Kappa Delta Pi national education fraternity.

Year Two

International Travel: Students will travel internationally (with a faculty member) as part of ‘Fischler International’, studying the educational system of a country selected by the student’s cohort. Flight, rooms, and selected meals will be provided by the University during the student’s spring break. (Update: All international travel study experiences scheduled for 2021 have been postponed until further notice.)

Year Three

Winter Semester: Students will be embedded in a local public, charter, or private school whereby they will complete their required internship. Hosting mentor-teachers will be afforded a three (3) credit scholarship to NSU’s Fischler College of Education to further advance their credentials in either a Master’s or Doctoral degree as remuneration.

Year Four

Fall/Winter Semester: Students will work daily as ‘full-time pool substitute teachers’ in conjunction with local public, charter, and private schools, earning the daily localized average of $119 per day, all the while gaining valuable experience. Due to this daily schedule, remaining course competencies will be offered in the evenings and online. This mastery-based training is offered through an infusion of the Sanford Inspire Program and expert guidance from our innovative faculty.

Winter Semester: Students will interview and receive guaranteed job offer for the following school year in one of Florida's largest county public school systems (Broward, Miami Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas, The Archdiocese of Miami).

You do not need to live on campus to be a student in The Fischler Academy or The NSU Teaching Academy, but you will be actively involved in both classes and events held on campus.
Once your application has been submitted, you may be invited to interview with program administrators and faculty who will assess your academic performance, communication skills, and leadership ability.
Yes! The program is designed so that F-1 international students are able to complete all requirements of the programs and maintain their F-1 status.

Important Deadlines

November 1

Early Decision & Early Action Admission

March 15

Regular Decision Admission

March 15

Premier Programs

Ready for the Next Step?

Here’s how to apply.

Applying to The Fischler Academy of Education is as easy as 1-2-3.

You can also apply to the Razor's Edge Scholars Premier Program with your supplemental application.

Note that we don’t recommend applying for the Dual Admissions program due to the commitments built into The Fischler Academy.

Luke Williams, Director
Email: lw715@nova.edu
Office: (954) 529-0979

Connect with an Admissions Counselor

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application to apply to Nova Southeastern University.

Submit a Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental Premier Program Application.

Interview During Shark Preview

If you’re admitted to NSU and submit the supplemental application, you will be invited via email to choose which Shark Preview Weekend works for your schedule.

The NSU Teaching Academy

Tampa Bay, FL

Offered on NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater, Florida, this exclusive teaching program lets you advance your skills through professional development opportunities like guest lectures and training experiences with Pinellas County Schools.

Apply for multiple institutional, state, and federal grants and scholarships—including a $3,000 Pinellas Teacher Candidate Scholarship for local high school students.

What Can You Gain at the NSU Teaching Academy?

Two Degrees

Earn a bachelor’s + master’s in four years

Financial Aid

Apply for multiple grants and scholarships


Start teaching as early as your first semester

Job Offer

Become a teacher with Pinellas County Schools*

* At the end of the program, teacher candidates who have successfully earned their B.S. and M.S. in Education and meet the district’s hiring requirements for relevant open positions will be offered a teaching contract with the Pinellas School District.

What’s Your Specialty?

Future-focused options for driven students.

Teacher shortages across the United States have left the door open for classroom leaders with diverse specialties. In just four years, you can prepare to educate student speakers of other languages and students with various disabilities. Get the training, instructional experience, and inspiration you need to lead your own elementary or exceptional student classroom.

Earn your combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees in one of the following in-demand fields:

What better way to become a great teacher or professional in the education world than to be working alongside the best professionals in education?

Kathryn S. | Education

Dates and Deadlines

May 1

Early Decision Deadline for NSU Teaching Academy

July 5

Regular Decision Deadline for NSU Teaching Academy


Fall Classes Begin

Ready for the Next Step?

Here’s how to apply.

Applying to The NSU Teaching Academy at Tampa Bay is easy.

Connect with a Counselor:

Lillian Ibañez Greico, M.Ed.
Email: greico@nova.edu
Office: (954) 262-5364
Cell: (954) 547-0144

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

You can use the Shark Select Application to apply to Nova Southeastern University.


If you’re admitted to NSU, you will be invited via email to interview virtually or in person at NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus.