Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education
If you have a genuine interest in helping children realize their dreams, Rollins can provide you with the education to succeed in the classroom.
Earn your master's degree and become eligible for a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading (K-6) through the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
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/ESOL/Reading (K-6).
The program requires a minimum of 36 graduate semester hours; however, additional hours (up to a total of 61 graduate semester hours) may be required to meet certification and program requirements. An individual plan of study will be developed for each student. Most students complete the program in 2-3 years. An accelerated 4-semester program of study is also available with program director approval. Program requirements are subject to change based upon Florida legislative mandates. Both oral and written comprehensive exams are required for graduation.
To view course descriptions and additional curriculum information, please see the graduate catalog.
Sample Plan of Study
Professional Education Requirements
EDU 501 Sociological Foundations of Education *
EDU 504 Psychological Foundations of Education *
EDU 512 Strategies for Instruction, Learning and Classroom Management with Diverse Elementary Learners 
EDU 513 Curriculum Theory and Educational Assessment for Diverse Learners *
EDU 533 Student Teaching: Elementary 
EDU 540 Seminar in Classroom Management 
EDU 536 Research in Education 
EDU 580 The Multicultural Classroom: Cross Cultural Communication and Understanding *
RED 509 Foundations of Reading 
RED 575 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading 
RED 577 Demonstration of Accomplishment in Reading 
Elementary Specialization Requirements
EED 519 Integrated Arts in the Elementary School 
EED 563 Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School 
EED 563L Elementary School Mathematics Lab 
EED 564 Teaching Elementary School Science *
EED 566 Teaching Elementary School Social Studies *
EED 567 Health and Physical Education Programs in Elementary Schools *
RED 568 Differentiation in Language Arts and Content Area Instruction 
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.