Great teachers have the power to inspire students through their creativity, passion, and ability to connect with young minds. 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 on 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. At the end of the program, you’ll get a guaranteed a job offer* with the Pinellas County School District.

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.

Teacher sitting with student as she pulls homework out of her backpack.

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

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

Get the NSU Edge

Study progressive instructional strategies, including Inspire Teaching & Learning on-demand modules that promote research-based knowledge and classroom-tested tools.

Experience what it feels like to teach in a real K–12 classroom as early as your first semester. Other university programs don’t offer this until the end of sophomore or junior year.

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.

At the end of the Teaching Academy program, teacher candidates will recieve a job offer with Pinellas County Schools.

Dr. Michael A. Grego Superintendent, Pinellas County Schools

“We are thrilled to partner with Nova Southeastern University to create the NSU Teaching Academy at Tampa Bay.  Nothing impacts student achievement more than teachers, and this program will develop high-quality teachers right here in Pinellas County. We are so grateful to President Hanbury and all the NSU staff that have helped move this program forward. It will positively impact our students and our community for many years to come.”


George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D. President and CEO, Nova Southeastern University

“The NSU Teaching Academy at Tampa Bay addresses Florida’s current teacher shortage and ensures that K-12 students continue to have access to the skilled teachers they deserve. NSU is proud to expand our partnership with Pinellas County Schools to provide high quality teacher preparation programs to passionate future educators locally in Tampa Bay. Furthermore, this is an opportunity for local high school students to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years and become sought after ‘master teachers’.”


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

Learn from the Best

NSU’s education faculty are experts in their fields.

Professors at the NSU Teaching Academy in Tampa Bay are on the leading edge of educational theory, modeling research and classroom best practices for their students.

They employ a wide range of learning methods: interactive classrooms, simulation learning, case studies, original research and team-based collaborative projects.

Dates and Deadlines

May 1, 2021

Early Decision Deadline for NSU Teaching Academy (Fall 2021)

July 1, 2021
Regular Decision Deadline for NSU Teaching Academy (Fall 2021)
August 16, 2021
Fall 2021 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 in Tampa.