Program Overview

Nova Southeastern University, primarily located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration on Child Development. The degree program is designed to introduce students to the key child development concepts needed for application within an early education institute or in fields of social services and human resources. The curriculum places an emphasis on professional training for individuals seeking involvement with young children, their families, and communities.

Early Childhood education, also known as elementary education, includes kindergarten through fifth grade. Most children enroll in elementary school starting with kindergarten (usually five to six years old) and finish secondary education with twelfth grade (usually eighteen years old). Education in elementary settings can range from public schooling, private institutions or home schooling. Student teachers will be responsible for creating lesson plans, disciplinary actions, fostering creativity as well as exude proper ethics and professional behavior.

Students wishing to advance in the education system can use the formal degree to enter careers as:

  • Early childhood educators
  • Parent specialists
  • Child development specialists
  • Early childhood program directors and administrators
  • Pre-school and daycare center owners
  • Early childhood and child development consultants

Graduates of the Child Development degree concentration will demonstrate the core abilities in basic education requirements in teaching, research, applied course work (internships, residencies, externships, work/study programs) and social activities of institutes or organizations dealing with early education. Student teachers will be able to obtain entry-level career opportunities, teaching and substitute-teaching in addition to using the degree as foundation for further educational aspirations at the masters or doctorate level of education.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    NCATE accredited

    School Overview

    Nova Southeastern University may have started as a small independent not-for-profit university when it first educated its first students in 1964, however this Ft. Lauderdale campus followed the lead of many growing movements from the sixties and quickly expanded into a modern global facility promoting distance learning by 1972. Today, NSU hosts field-based programs in more than twenty states, as well as internationally.

    Nova Southeastern University awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctorate degrees. Nova Southeastern University offers a large number of online degree programs to accommodate a wide range of students. Students can choose from online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees. Online classes at Nova Southeastern University occur in both synchronous and asynchronous formats to best facilitate an interactive environment between students and faculty.


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