Teacher Certification and Non-Degree Programs

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.


Rollins College offers coursework that meets the Florida Department of Education certification requirements for reading, elementary education, and selected areas of secondary teacher certification. Coursework is also available for experienced teachers seeking recertification and special students who wish to take only one or two courses in education.

Students can choose between evening and afternoon classes and begin their studies in the summer, fall, or spring. Courses offered during the fall and spring terms meet once per week, making it easy to schedule work or family duties around class attendance. Summer term classes meet two times per week.

Teacher Certification

Students seeking only teacher certification at Rollins must request a Statement of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education. This can be done online at http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/level3.asp. The Statement of Eligibility describes academic content and tests the student must pass to be eligible for both a Temporary and Professional Certificate in his/her intended area of certification. Students will be assigned a faculty advisor who will review their transcripts to determine a course of study.

Recertification and Special Students

Graduate courses are available for teachers seeking recertification and professional development. Such students must apply as special students and may take up to six semester hours.


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.

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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