Coursework


Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program in elementary education or secondary education must complete the general education requirements as well as a U.S. history course and a college math course. All elementary education majors and English (6-12) students must also complete Rollins' state-approved ESOL endorsement. Rollins general education requirements can be found in the college course catalogue

The following is the list of coursework available under the Rollins College Department of Education. Requirements for course selection are dependent on the program/track of the student. For more information about specific programs, visit the academic programs page. NOTE: not all courses are available each semester.

R - Meets general education requirement
E - ESOL-specific or ESOL-infused course

  • EDU 100 Special Topics in Education
    Introduces school organization and finance, problems of teaching, alternative schools, curriculum development, local control of education, and policy controversies. Suitable for nonmajors. Open to freshmen only.

  • EDU 271 School and Society
    Chronicles social, political, economic, and historical background of contemporary American school system. Demonstrates how social forces have shaped curriculum, organization, and purposes of formal education. R E

  • EDU 272 Educational Psychology
    Covers child development; learning, evaluation, and assessment; and psychology of teaching. Focuses on motivation, perception, personality, intelligence, and learning. Prerequisite: education major or certification track.

  • EDU 280 Diversity in American Education
    Examines cultural pluralism in the classroom: multicultural education, diversity and teaching, bilingual education, racism, tracking, and teacher preparation.  R E

  • EDU 287 The Developing Child in the Elementary School
    Studies physical, social, cognitive, emotional, and creative development of young child. Stresses practical applications of theory and research about language, personality, motivation, and learning styles.

  • EDU 309 Fundamentals of Reading
    Examines the foundations of reading instruction from historical, linguistic, social, psychological, cognitive, and curricular perspectives. Theoretical base for reading and language arts methodology courses. Explores basic phonics instruction, reading programs in use, nature of reading and writing processes, and balanced approach to reading instruction.
    Prerequisite: Elementary education major
    Corequisite: EDU 371

  • EDU 324 Curriculum Development for Diverse Learners
    Addresses organization and curriculum development in elementary and secondary schools including instructional goals and basic teaching strategies. Requires non-teaching field component. E
    Prerequisite: Elementary education major or secondary education minor

  • EDU 335 Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools: Prepares teachers in content areas with tools required to assist students with reading skills. Pre-service teachers will learn strategies to improve vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills, enabling students to better learn content materials. E
    Prerequisites: certification track only; EDU 271


  •  EDU 371 Reading Diagnosis with Content Emphasis
    Covers giving and interpreting reading tests, as well as determining programs of remediation. Lab required.
    Prerequisites: Elementary education major
    Corequisite: EDU 309

  • EDU 385 Teaching Children with Special Needs
    Emphasizes useful strategies for teaching special populations, including students with learning disabilities, mental disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, communication disabilities, and giftedness. Includes field requirement. R

  • EDU 406 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Schools
    Emphasizes planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction based on current research. Includes teaching field experience. E
    Prerequisites: Elementary Education major and completion of EDU 271 and EDU 272
    Corequisites: EDU 409 and EDU 409L

  • EDU 407 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Secondary Schools
    Emphasizes planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction based on current research. Includes teaching field experience. E
    Prerequisites: Secondary education minor and completion of EDU 271 and EDU 272

  • EDU 409 The Teaching of Literacy
    Presents reading and language arts methods for teaching in constructivist, whole language classroom. E
    Prerequisites: Elementary education major and junior standing
    Corequisites: EDU 409L and EDU 406

  • EDU 409L Literacy Lab
    Prerequisites: Elementary education major and junior standing
    Co-requisites: EDU 409 and EDU 406

  • EDU 417 Teaching (Particular Subject) in Secondary Schools
    Explores selection, evaluation, and use of instructional materials to adapt college major to secondary school. Seminar.
    Prerequisites: Secondary education minor and junior standing
    Corequisite: EDU 417L

  • EDU 417L Teaching (Particular Subject) in Secondary School Lab
    Requires preinternship field experience of at least four hours weekly in secondary school.
    Corequisite: EDU 417


  • EDU 444 Educational Statistics
    Focuses on the basic concepts of educational statistics with applications to the field of educational testing and assessment. Topics include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation and prediction, and test theory. R

  • EDU 470 Competencies for the Beginning Teacher
    Introduces competencies in the six domains of Florida Beginning Teacher Program: planning, classroom management, organization of instruction, presentation of knowledge, communication, and evaluation of student progress. Students practice use of the Florida Performance Measurement System (FPMS), a program to assess and develop beginning teachers.
    Corequisites: EDU 490 or EDU 491

  • EDU 490 Student Teaching: Elementary: Provides full-time experience integrating and applying skills in approved local school under direction of master teacher.
    Prerequisites: All elementary education major requirements.
    Corequisite: EDU 470

  • EDU 491 Student Teaching: Secondary
    Provides full-time experience integrating and applying skills in approved local school under direction of master teacher. E
    Prerequisites: all Secondary Education Minor requirements
    Corequisite: EDU 470


Elementary Education


  • EED 317 Music for Elementary Schools
    Presents basic concepts, literature, and methods for teaching vocal and instrumental music. Workshop. Required for certification in music. Prerequisite: Elementary education or music major

  • EED 318 Art for Elementary Schools
    Examines use of art to foster child development and supplement learning in curricular areas. Explores sensory experiences, aesthetics and aesthetic education, management of classroom art center, and adult's role in child art. Participants experience an array of media and conduct art activities with children.
    Prerequisite: Elementary education or art major

  • EED 355 Teaching (Foreign Languages) in the Elementary School
    Required for all students seeking foreign-language certification.

  • EED 363 Social Studies for Elementary Schools
    Delves into foundations for social studies, exploring human experience, environmental studies (including conservation), teaching strategies for inquiry learning, problem solving, and concept development.
    Prerequisite: Elementary education major

  • EED 364 Science for Elementary Schools
    Stresses major concepts and processes of science: process skills, inquiry strategies, problem solving, environmental and ecological issues, and science in today's society.
    Prerequisite: Elementary education major
    Recommendation: Take concurrently with BIO 203 Biology for Teachers

  • EED 367 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Schools
    Discusses methods for physical activities for children, concepts and materials of health education, and values underlying programs of personal fitness for children.
    Prerequisite: Elementary education major

  • EED 368 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, Content, and Methods
    Combines mathematical content and teaching methods based on NCTM Standards. Emphasizes problem solving while covering numeration, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability, and number operations.
    Prerequisites: Elementary education major and one other methods course

  • EED 369 Children's Literature
    Touches upon analysis and classification, educational benefits, recent research, major children's authors and illustrators, recurrent themes, and techniques for using literature in the classroom.
    Prerequisite: Elementary education major

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. "


Henry Adams