make a difference with an education degree

When you graduate from the Education program at the Hamilton Holt School, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students. According to Florida Department of Education projections, the demand for teachers will remain strong in the foreseeable future as Baby Boomers continue to retire. And with a Rollins degree in Education, you’ll be eligible to earn Florida Professional Teacher Certification.

Our Education graduates are in great demand with area principals and are regularly named "Teacher of the Year" at their schools. Because they leave Rollins with the highest quality training for the classroom and a lifelong support network, they consistently make us proud.

The Department of Education offers Florida state-approved programs in Elementary Education/ESOL (K-6), Music (K-12), English (6-12), and Social Sciences (6-12).

Admission requirements for any of these programs include:

  • Establishment and maintenance of an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Passing scores on the General Knowledge (GK) section of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE)
  • Submission of the 1-S Form (Application to Education) with essay

Registration for the FTCE and the 1-S Form are both available on the Department of Education site.

Students may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as early as their freshman year, and are encouraged to apply no later then the fall semester of their sophomore year. The Director of Teacher Education notifies applicants of acceptance or reason for denial. Students will not be permitted to continue in any Education program if admission requirements are not met. Contact your academic advisor or Dr. Scott Hewit, Director of Teacher Education, at shewit@rollins.edu or 407-646-2300.

curriculum

Requirements for the Elementary Education Major

Course of Study Sixteen (16) courses and a semester of supervised student teaching are required of the Elementary Education major.

Core Courses
EDU 271 School and Society
EDU 272 Educational Psychology
EDU 280 Diversity in American Education
EDU 324 Curriculum and Educational Assessment for Diverse Learners

Elementary Course Sequence
RED 309 Fundamentals of Reading
RED 371 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties
EDU 406 Strategies for Instruction, Learning, and Classroom
Management in Diverse Elementary Schools
RED 409 Literacy and Content Area Instruction
RED 409L Reading Field Experience (placement application required)
EED 319 Integrated Arts in the Elementary School (3 semester hours)
EED 363 Social Studies for Elementary Schools
EED 364 Science for Elementary Schools
EED 367 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Schools (2 semester hours)
EED 368 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: Content and Methods
RED 369 Research Based Practices in Literacy Instruction

Requirements for the Secondary Education Minor

Course of Study Students seeking certification in selected secondary (6-12) subjects must see Scott Hewit, Director of Teacher Education, for advisement before being admitted to the Teacher Education Program. They must then complete the major in Music (K-12), English, or International Affairs (Social Sciences).

Core Courses
EDU 271 School and Society
EDU 272 Educational Psychology
EDU 280 Diversity in American Education
EDU 324 Curriculum and Educational Assessment for Diverse Learners

Secondary Course Sequence
EDU 335 Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools
EDU 407 Strategies for Instruction, Learning, and Classroom Management in Diverse Secondary Schools (placement application required)
*EDU 335 and EDU 407 must be taken concurrently.
EDU 417 Teaching (Particular Subject) in Middle and Secondary School(s)
EDU 417L Teaching (Particular Subject) in Middle and Secondary Schools Lab (1 semester hour; placement application required)
*EDU 417 and 417L must be taken concurrently,

Students pursuing certification in Music (K – 12) must also complete EED 319, Integrated Arts in the Elementary School.

Student Teaching
EDU 490 Student Teaching: Elementary OR
EDU 491 Student Teaching: Secondary
EDU 470 Seminar in Classroom Management

A teaching internship in the area in which the student is to be certified is required. Graded on a credit/no-credit basis, Student Teaching involves working full time for fifteen (15) weeks in an approved area school. Students are not permitted to take additional coursework during the student teaching semester and are discouraged from working beyond student teaching. All requirements and prerequisites must be met before placement as a student teacher, including the submission of passing scores on the General Knowledge (GK) and Professional Education (PED) tests of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE), a minimum GPA of 2.5, and satisfactory progress toward completion of the Expanded Teacher Education Portfolio (ETEP). Students are encouraged to complete the Subject Area Exam (SAE) prior to Student Teaching. . Students seeking certification must pass all sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), including the General Knowledge Test (GK), the Professional Education Exam (PED), and Subject Area Exam (SAE), prior to graduation.

Information and applications for Student Teaching are available in the Holt School and Department of Education offices and on the departmental website.

To ensure placement, the application for Student Teaching must be completed and submitted to the Department of Education by the following dates:

February 20 Fall Placement
September 20 Spring Placement

The forms are filed with and reviewed by the Director of Field Experiences.

Anyone not approved for Student Teaching has the right to appeal to the Education Review Committee. In exceptional cases when a student needs to take a course during student teaching, the student must submit a written appeal explaining the circumstances. This appeal must be submitted to the Director of Field Internships at the same time as the student teaching application.

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