Master of Education
Graduate Studies in Education at Rollins will provide you with coursework 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 coursework 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 Education (MEd in Elementary Education) is a 36-semester-hour advanced studies program for certified elementary teachers. It is designed for experienced teachers who desire the professional enrichment represented by a master’s degree. This rigorous academic program offers courses in practical areas to expand proficiency.
Each student receives an individual plan and written and oral comprehensive examinations are required for graduation.
Sample plan of study:
EDU 512 Strategies for Instruction, Learning, and Classroom Management for Diverse Elementary Learners 
EDU 536 Research in Education 
EDU 567 Inclusive Schools and Communities 
EDU 587 Child Development 
EDU 513 Curriculum Theory and Educational Assessment for Diverse Learners 
EDU 544 Statistics for Teachers: Tests and Measurements 
EDU 550 Motivation in Education 
EDU 575 Diagnostic Techniques in Reading 
EDU 576 Advanced Reading Strategies 
EDU 580 The Multicultural Classroom: Issues in Cross-cultural Communication and
Six (6) semester hours of education electives required. Electives may include:
EDU 510 Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom 
EDU 511 Teaching Writing in Elementary School 
EDU 583 The Development of Literacy in Primary Education 
EDU 590 Special Topics in Education 
EDU 577 Demonstration of Accomplishment in Reading: Elementary 
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
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.
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.
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.