Early Childhood Degree
The purpose of the Master of Education in Early Childhood is designed to develop highly competent teachers and others who are dedicated to providing educational leadership in the field of early childhood. Effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education are emphasized. Courses encourage candidates to use current theory and research to make decisions about effective practice.
Library Media Specialist Degree
The purpose of the Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology is to prepare candidates to be effective school librarians who can carry out the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. They are prepared to provide leadership in the total education program, participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process, connect learners with ideas and information, and prepare students for life-long learning. They know how to instill a love of reading and can develop opportunities for their students to be effective managers of information. For further information, please review the Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology handbook
Reading Specialist Degree
The purpose of the Master of Education in Reading is designed to facilitate classroom teachers’ in-depth understanding of the reading process and their knowledge of how children learn to read and write. The major emphasis is on effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Teaching, Early Childhood, and Special Education. The program is designed to meet all of the International Reading Association’s (IRA) competencies for classroom teachers, reading teachers, reading consultants, and reading supervisors. Students may elect to take the state certification test for Reading Specialists upon completion of their master’s degree.
Special Education -- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This program aligns with NSU's focused mission of "empower[ing] individuals to become socially responsible global citizens by creating and sustaining a culture of learning and discovery." In like manner, this program empowers teachers to sustain a culture of learning for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and all other disabilities. One in every 68 school-aged children have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); an increase from one in 88 from just a few years ago (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). The goal of this program is to prepare teachers to effectively educate students with ASD and other disabilities. The program includes three components: professional education, special education, and enrichment courses. These three components lead to a final culminating capstone experience.