Master of Education: Elementary Education

Advance to a higher level of excellence in your classroom with a Master of Education degree.


Are you seeking initial teacher certification?

If so, please visit the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Are you a currently certified elementary teacher?

The Master of Education with an emphasis in Elementary Education is a 36-credit-hour advanced studies program for certified elementary teachers.

Make a difference to your students, peers, and community by earning an advanced degree in education. Our faculty are experienced practitioners who understand the joys and challenges you face in the classroom. With a course plan customized to your needs and interests, you'll be on your way to increased proficiency in the classroom and improved student outcomes.

Rollins offers a caring environment responsive to the adult learner who balances academics with a job and family. Smaller classes enable you to receive the personal attention and individual instruction necessary for development as a professor educator. Our late-afternoon and evening classes conveniently begin after your school day has finished. Technology, diversity, and cutting-edge instructional strategies are at the core of our programs.



The Master of Education 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.

To best fit your needs in the classroom, you will design a customized 36-credit-hour program of study in conjunction with the program director. Available classes from which you can build your program of study include:

Core Classes (6 credits)

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

EDU 567           Inclusive Schools and Communities [3]

Content Course Requirements (12 credits)

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

EDU 544            Statistics for Teachers: Tests and Measurements

RED 575            Diagnostic Techniques in Reading [3]

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

Electives (18 credits)

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

EDU 511          Teaching Writing in Elementary School [3]

EDU 547          Global Perspectives in Education [3]

EDU 587          Child Development [3]

EDU 590          Special Topics of Education[3]

RED 577          Demonstration of Accomplishment in Reading [3]

EDU 599          Independent Study in Education

RED 599          Independent Study in Reading Education


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.          

Jenn Manak

Associate Professor and Reading Coordinator.

Ed.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction, University of Florida

Dr. Manak teaches literacy courses infused with strategies to support culturally and linguistically diverse students. Her research interests include the interconnected nature of reading and writing instruction, the impact of culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogies on diverse students’ literacy learning, and education in Latin America.

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.

Jie Yu

Assistant Professor and ESOL Coordinator

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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