Master of Arts in Teaching – Elementary Education

Graduate Studies in Education at Rollins will provide you with course and fieldwork that focus on the exceptionally diverse school-age population in Florida and around the world. 


Graduate Studies in Education at Rollins will provide you with course and fieldwork that focus on the exceptionally diverse school-age population in Florida and around the world. Technology, diversity, and cutting-edge instructional strategies are at the core of our programs.

With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1 in many classes, you can easily develop a rapport with faculty and classmates. Smaller classes enable you to receive the personal attention and individual instruction necessary for development as a professor educator. Rollins offers a caring environment responsive to the adult learner who balances academics with a job and family.


The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a state-approved teacher education program. Designed for those who wish to teach in elementary schools, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) provides opportunities for students to pursue graduate studies and to meet professional certification requirements for teaching in Florida. The M.A.T. program focuses on the mastery of content specialization, the teaching/learning process, and the application of educational research to classroom activities. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in an area other than elementary education.

The curriculum combines strong academics with intensive practical experiences in the classroom. Students complete the required courses, including a one semester internship at an area elementary school. It is possible for part-time students to complete the degree in less than three years. Successful graduates become eligible for a Florida Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education (K-6) and complete the coursework required for Florida ESOL endorsement.

The program requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours; however, additional hours (up to a total of 60 graduate semester hours) may be required to meet certification and program requirements. An individual plan of study will be developed for each student. Program requirements are subject to change based upon Florida legislative mandates. To view the current program curriculum, please see the graduate catalog.

Sample Plan of Study

Professional Education Requirements

EDU 500               Pre-Internship Field Experience [1]

EDU 501               Sociological Foundations of Education [3]*

EDU 504               Psychological Foundations of Education [3]*

EDU 509               Foundations of Reading [3]

EDU 512               Strategies for Instruction, Learning and Classroom Management with Diverse Elementary Learners [3]

EDU 513               Curriculum Theory and Educational Assessment for Diverse Learners [3]*

EDU 533               Student Teaching: Elementary [9]

EDU 540               Seminar in Classroom Management [3]

EDU 536               Research in Education [3]

EDU 575               Diagnostic Techniques in Reading [3]

EDU 580               The Multicultural Classroom: Cross Cultural Communication and Understanding [3]*


Elementary Specialization Requirements

EED 563                Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School [3]

EED 563L              Elementary School Mathematics Lab [1]

EED 564                Teaching Elementary School Science [3]*

EED 566                Teaching Elementary School Social Studies [3]*

EED 567                Health and Physical Education Programs in Elementary Schools [2]*

EED 568                Language Arts and Content Area Instruction [3]

EED 569                Literature for the Elementary School Child [3]

EED 590                Integrated Arts in the Elementary School  [3]

* Required graduate courses


Classes at Rollins are personal and interactive. Devoted to teaching and supportive of adult learners, Rollins professors go out of their way to help students achieve their goals. Faculty include nationally prominent professors who remain active in the teaching profession. In addition to their ongoing scholarship and dedication to teaching, they serve on governing boards of professional journals and national and state associations. Rollins faculty and staff are committed to your success and to making your college experience rewarding.                          


Wendy Brandon

Associate Professor

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Brandon's teaching areas include social foundations of education and multicultural education research methods. Her research analyzes the role of race, class, and gender in school success. Currently she is completing a manuscript entitled Teaching for Global Consciousness.                        


Margot Fadool

Assistant Professor and Director of Field Placements

Ed.D., University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Fadool teaches courses in diagnosis of reading difficulties, language arts, and children’s literature. Her research interests include reading attitudes, writing workshop and technology in education.


J. Scott Hewit

Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education

Ed.D. Early Childhood Education, Ball State University 

Dr. Hewit teaches courses in instructional strategies, special needs, and curriculum.  His research interests include candidate impact on P-12 student learning, public policy, and education in Rwanda.                        

H. James McLaughlin

Professor and Richard James Mertz Chair of Education

B.A. in Political Science, University of Kansas. Master’s work at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. McLaughlin teaches courses in curriculum development and analysis, social foundations of education, and global perspectives of education. His research interests include the education of Latino students, education in rural schools in Latin America, and the history of the education of immigrants in the U.S.A.


Giovanni Valiante


B.S. Elementary Education, University of Florida; M.S. Elementary Education/Educational Psychology, University of Florida; Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Emory University.

Dr. Valiante teaches courses in educational psychology, educational statistics, motivation, and sport psychology. His research interests include academic motivation, student and teacher self-efficacy, standardized testing, and developmental psychology.



Debra K. Wellman


 B.S., Illinois College; M.S. Eastern Illinois University; Ph.D. University of Toledo.

Dr. Wellman’s teaching areas include emergent literacy, reading, children’s literature, and social studies. Her research areas include literature circles, children’s literature, reading strategies, responding to literature and issues in diversity. Her current research interests are boy’s book clubs and alternative assessment strategies.


Jie Yu

Assistant Professor and ESOL Coordinator

B.A. Pedagogy, East China Normal University; M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, East China Normal University; PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University

Dr. Yu teaches foundations, math methods, and multicultural courses in education. Her research interests include curriculum studies, classroom teaching and learning, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and multicultural education.