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:

Core Courses

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

EDU 536               Research in Education [3]

EDU 567               Inclusive Schools and Communities [3]

EDU 587               Child Development [3]


Content Courses

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

EDU 544               Statistics for Teachers: Tests and Measurements [3]

EDU 550               Motivation in Education [3]

EDU 575               Diagnostic Techniques in Reading [3]

EDU 576               Advanced Reading Strategies [3]

EDU 580               The Multicultural Classroom: Issues in Cross-cultural Communication and

Understanding [3]



Six (6) semester hours of education electives required. Electives may include:

EDU 510               Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom [3]

EDU 511               Teaching Writing in Elementary School [3]

EDU 583               The Development of Literacy in Primary Education [3]

EDU 590               Special Topics in Education [3]

EDU 577               Demonstration of Accomplishment in Reading: Elementary [3]


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.

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