How you study & FAQ
How You Study
Instructional Delivery Systems
Videos: Watch the BrainSMART authors bring cutting-edge research to life and model practical strategies with students in a variety of locations.
CD-ROMS: Discover important information about the brain and student achievement.
Online Discussions and Chats: Interact with students in the program from across North America and the World. Many students report that they really benefit from this easy-to-use interactive technology. Some discussions take place in real-time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the university accredited?
Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin. Nova Southeastern University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, Telephone number: 404-679-4501) to award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. The Abraham S. Fischler School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org to cover initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at all university locations and online. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
Is this degree accepted in other states and districts?
Nova Southeastern University is accredited through NCATE and SACS. As with any university program, it is recommended that you check with your state and/or district prior to starting to confirm that the program meets your needs related to certifications, salary increases, or any other financial recognition you hope to receive upon completion.
Is this program designed for those seeking formal certification?
No. This SACS-accredited program is designed to support teachers and teacher leaders in their work of improving student achievement. It is not designed to lead to formal certification.
How long does it take to earn the degree?
Most students who earn this degree complete it in less than one year, but students may choose to take the courses at their own pace. You must complete the entire program within six years. Please refer to the Fischler School Catalog and Handbook for specific requirements.
Do I have to travel to a campus to study at any time?
No, the program is completed 100% through the distance learning format. Therefore, you will be able to spend your valuable time viewing videos, interacting online with your instructors and other students in your classes, applying what you are learning in your classroom and life, reading and doing research, and working on class projects.
Do I have to buy my own set of BrainSMART materials?
Yes, you will need to purchase your own individual set of BrainSMART materials each term. These materials cannot be shared, copied, or re-sold.
How is this degree different from other degree programs?
This graduate degree is the only program available online that integrates education, mind, and brain research into practical frameworks for effective teaching using the BrainSMART approach. Graduates consistently rate the program as helping them become more effective teachers and some 95% state they will recommend to colleagues. Positive word of mouth has lead to almost 3,000 enrollments from every state but South Dakota and Nebraska since 2001.The content is delivered through user-friendly distance learning methods so that you do not have to waste learning time commuting to a campus. Third the content is cutting-edge and different and can be applied immediately to help you in your professional and personal life.
How will the degree help me in my career?
Students in this program consistently report that they are able to take the research and strategies they are learning and apply them right away in their classroom, school, or other site.
May I transfer in credit from another college or university?
No, due to the unique and sequential nature of the program it is not possible to transfer in credit hours.
How easy to use is the technology?
In order to interact with your instructors and classmates in the program, you need to have and be able to use e-mail and send attachments, create documents using word processing software such as Microsoft Word®, and find resources on the Internet. Your instructors will be able to talk you through any technology challenges that might come up as you go through the program. The program is delivered through Nova’s Blackboard platform. To learn more about this system, please visit http://www.nova.edu/help/Blackboard/. Supported browsers and operating systems are listed here: http://kb.blackboard.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=55574750. (Please note that some BrainSMART CD-Roms are PC-compatible only. Transcripts are available if needed.)