CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH TEACHING

Some are born to educate and have a knack for connecting with and engaging those around them. If you dream of making a lifelong impact on others through teaching, the Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholars Program at NSU Florida is designed for you.

Best of all, as a Shark Teach Scholar, you’ll receive a $24,000 residential scholarship to help you concentrate more on dominating the education sector and less on paying back your student loans.

The Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholars Program Sets You Up for Success

As a Shark Teach Scholar, you’ll hone your skills to become an expert educator and prepare to inspire generations of future students. Highlights of the program include:

  • Training with NSU’s education faculty who are on the leading edge of educational theory, modeling research, and classroom best practices for their students
  • Learning through interactive classrooms, simulations, case studies, original research, and team-based collaborative projects
  • Gaining exposure to academic support standards that meet the College Reading and Learning Association certification standards
  • Acquiring real-life teaching experience by serving as a peer mentor to fellow Sharks and creating academic initiatives and programming as an academic ambassador

You’ll choose your specialization, whether it’s teaching in elementary, middle, or high schools; in STEM; or in the humanities.

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Program Overview and Objectives

During your four years as a Shark Teach Scholar, you’ll gain real-word teaching experience by mentoring peers and engaging the NSU community through various academic support initiatives.

Through Shark Teach, I hold the position of Writing Consultant and Fellow at NSU's Writing and Communication Center, which has helped to prepare me for a future in teaching Secondary English. I could not be more grateful for the opportunities that being a Razor's Edge Scholar has provided for me, and it has most definitely enhanced my experience at NSU!

Ashley A. | Secondary English Education

Key Skills and Experience Gained

  • Leadership qualities
  • Peer mentorship
  • Academic support
  • Tutoring

The NSU Edge

With the help of proven leaders, faculty, and staff, you’ll gain the skills necessary to help the NSU community on its academic journey. Sharks become immersed in best practices in teaching through mentorship, cocurricular activities, and hands-on academic support projects.

YEAR ONE: Discover

Your first year in the program focuses on relationships. You’ll be matched with a mentor and join relevant NSU student organizations. Through experiential learning opportunities, you’ll start to learn a variety of teaching methods.

Coursework

  • RAZT 1050 - Fundamentals of Peer Education
  • Academic courses required for the student’s major

Experiential Learning

  • Attend monthly conclave meetings.
  • Begin tutor and supplemental instructor observations.
  • Big/Little mentoring.
  • Participate in Shark Preview Weekends.
  • Begin serving as a supplemental instructor leader (if qualified).
  • Work with Career Development for résumé and portfolio assistance.
  • Participate in Shark Teach governing committees.

YEAR TWO: Expand

In your second year, you’ll focus on experiences gained through your support roles. You’ll practice the fundamentals of teaching through real-world experience.

Coursework

  • Academic courses required for your major

Experiential Learning

  • Attend monthly conclave meetings.
  • Serve in an academic support role 8 - 10 hours per week.
  • Big/Little mentoring.
  • Participate in Shark Teach governing committees.
  • Participate in Shark Preview Weekends.
  • Participate in Razor’s Edge Awards Ceremony.
  • Work with Career Development for résumé and portfolio updates.

YEAR THREE: Build

You’ve spent two years honing your teaching skills and determining how you will make your mark at NSU. You’ll have opportunities to share what you’ve learned with younger Sharks - and have the support of Shark Teach Scholars in their fourth year.

Coursework

  • Academic courses required for your major

Experiential Learning

  • Attend monthly conclave meetings.
  • Participate in Shark Teach governing committees.
  • Serve in an academic support role 8 - 10 hours per week.
  • Participate in Shark Preview Weekends.
  • Work with Career Development for résumé and portfolio updates.

YEAR FOUR: Experience

Year four is the culmination of your hard work. With all the experience and knowledge you’ve acquired during your first three years, you’ll be well prepared to guide younger Shark Teach Scholars.

Coursework

  • Academic courses required for your major

Experiential Learning

  • Attend monthly conclave meetings.
  • Serve in an academic support role 8 - 10 hours per week.
  • Participate in Shark Teach governing committees.
  • Participate in Shark Preview Weekends.
  • Participate in Razor’s Edge Awards Ceremony.
  • Work with Career Development for résumé and portfolio updates.

What Can You Gain as a Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholar?

A Scholarship

Annual $24,000 Scholarship Package

A Network

Network with Future Peer Educators

An Edge

Practical Tutoring and Peer Mentorship Experiences

Program and Minor Requirements

Serve in a Teaching Role

To get hands-on experience in teaching, you’re required to work up to 10 hours a week as a tutor, supplemental instruction leader, writing consultant, or peer leader in the UNIV 1000 course. Students are assigned positions as early as the winter semester of their first year and work for a minimum of three semesters.

Complete RAZT 1050

During the fall semester of your first year, complete and earn a minimum grade of “B” in RAZT 1050 Fundamentals of Peer Education.

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What else do we expect from our Teach Scholars?

Great teachers have the power to inspire generations of students and make their marks on the world through their creativity, passion, and ability to connect with people. As a Teach Scholar, you’ll learn to harness these skills as an education leader on campus.

Community Engagement

As academic ambassadors, you’ll create academic initiatives and programming on NSU’s campus to rally your fellow students.

Academic Excellence

As the recipient of a competitive scholarship and student of a joint-degree program, excelling in your coursework is a must.

Cocurricular Participation

You’ll be fully engaged in a program committee of your choice designed to promote academic and student engagement. Attend all scheduled conclave meetings, social events, and team-building activities as required. Conclaves will take place on the last Wednesday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Serve as a Student Success Mentor

In your first year, you’ll receive training on how to be a student success mentor. In your second and third years, you’ll serve as an active mentor. In your fourth year, it will be your turn to train members of the incoming Razor’s Edge class and share what you’ve learned during your time as a mentor.

Live on Campus

Scholars are required to live on campus all four years.

Academic Requirements at a Glance

GPA

2.5 Cumulative

Strong Academic Performance

Students Are Expected to Pass All Classes

Full Time

Must Be Full Time Until the Last Semester

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Program Contact

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Courtney Stein at palmacci@nova.edu or (954)262-7902.

Prospective Students

Connect with an admissions counselor to learn more about the application process.

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Teaching Academies

NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice has developed a unique teacher preparation program to shape the next generation of classroom leaders. Offered at NSU’s Tampa Bay Regional Campus in Clearwater, Florida, the NSU Teaching Academy at Tampa Bay enables you to earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education in just four years.

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Current Razor’s Edge Shark Teach Scholars

Get in touch with your career and academic success coach if you have questions about coursework or to chat about future career goals.

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