The Department of Education offers state-approved academic and field experiences that prepare students to enter the teaching profession. Program completers are eligible for professional teacher certification in the state of Florida.
Students can major in Elementary Education (grades K-6) or minor in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) by completing a selected major in the intended teaching area and the Secondary Education minor.
ADMISSION TO AND COMPLETION OF THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Students must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program as soon as they declare an Elementary Education major or a Secondary Education minor. Students can find and file applications on the Department's website. The Director of Teacher Education notifies applicants of acceptance or reason for denial. Florida requires that students have a passing score on the General Knowledge Test (GK) of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE) to be admitted to any state-approved program.
All students completing a Florida State-approved Teacher Education Program must pass all portions of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam (FTCE), including the General Knowledge, Professional Education and Subject Area Exams, and have an overall GPA of 2.5.
Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program before enrolling in courses limited to majors and certification students.
Eighteen (18) courses are required. All students completing Rollins' Florida State Approved Programs must take the equivalent of a college math course unless they have achieved a grade of C or higher in high school calculus. Students also need a course in U.S. History. Consult with an advisor in the Department of Education for assistance meeting these requirements. Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education minors must complete all of the following:
*The * courses require concurrent registration: EDU 406, EDU 409, and EDU 409L.
SECONDARY EDUCATION MINOR
Students who intend to teach in secondary or middle schools must complete a major in the intended teaching area. Only the following majors are appropriate for the Secondary Education minor.
Certification in music and foreign languages covers grades K-12, all music majors must enroll in EED 317 Music for Elementary Schools, and all modern languages and literatures majors must enroll in EED 355 Teaching (Foreign Language) in the Elementary Schools.
In addition, students must complete the following, required, three-course (13-semester-hour sequence):
The * courses require concurrent registration: EDU 417 and EDU 417L.
All students seeking a major in Elementary Education or a minor in Secondary Education must complete a teaching internship in the area of certification. Graded on a credit/no-credit basis, Student Teaching involves working full time for fifteen (15) weeks in an approved area school.
Juniors may apply for Student Teaching only after meeting the following requirements:
February 20 for fall placement or September 20 for spring placement
After approval for Student Teaching, seniors enroll in the following courses concurrently.
All Elementary Education majors and Secondary Education minors in English (6-12) must successfully complete the coursework required for the Florida English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. Coursework for Elementary Education majors includes EDU 271, EDU 280, EDU 324, EDU 406, EDU 409, EDU 409L, and EDU 490. Coursework for Secondary Education minors in English (6-12) includes EDU 271, EDU 280, EDU 324, EDU 335, EDU 407, EDU 417, EDU 417L, and EDU 491. These courses are part of the already existing state approved teacher certification programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education.
EDU 100 Contemporary Issues in Education: Introduces school organization and finance, problems of teaching, alternative schools, curriculum development, local control of education, and policy controversies. Suitable for nonmajors. Open to first-year students only.
EDU 210 Sport Psychology: Examines the primary psychological constructs related to performance in sport and athletic settings including motivation, performance anxiety, confidence, and achievement goals. Focuses on both theoretical and practical understanding of sport psychology, as well as the ability to apply these ideas across athletic situations.
EDU 264 Introduction to Educational Technology: Introduces students to basic technology currently used in elementary classrooms and provides instruction in the use of Windows, E-mail, Excel, PowerPoint, Netscape Composer, electronic portfolios, and the Internet as a research tool. The role of these tools in enhancing student learning and teacher productivity is addressed.
EDU 271 School and Society: Chronicles social, political, economic, and historical background of contemporary American school system. Demonstrates how social forces have shaped curriculum, organization, and purposes of formal education. ESOL infused course.
EDU 272 Educational Psychology: Covers child development; learning, evaluation, and assessment; and psychology of teaching. Focuses on motivation, perception, personality, intelligence, and learning. Prerequisite: education major or certification track.
EDU 280 Diversity in American Education: Examines cultural pluralism in the classroom: multicultural education, diversity and teaching, bilingual education, racism, tracking, and teacher preparation. ESOL specific course.
EDU 285 High School Sports: Contemporary Issues: Examines current issues in American sports emphasizing issues affecting public and private secondary schools. Topics include: gender equity, substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, and tobacco), faculty and academic concerns, the media, risk management, ethnicity, and other relevant issues and problems affecting school sports programs.
EDU 309 Fundamentals of Reading: Examines the foundations of reading instruction from historical, linguistic, social, psychological, cognitive, and curricular perspectives. Theoretical base for reading and language arts methodology courses. Explores basic phonics instruction, reading programs in use, nature of reading and writing processes, and balanced approach to reading instruction.
EDU 310 Teaching in a 21st Century Classroom: Offers students a first-hand study of the components of a 21st Century classroom. They will learn about cutting edge techniques, software, hardware, and learning styles of today's digital native.
EDU 311 Teaching Writing in Elementary Schools: Students will learn about the nature of the writing process and how to develop learning activities, where the development of good writing will be facilitated among elementary students. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.
EDU 324 Curriculum and Educational Assessment for Diverse Learners: Study of the relationship of curriculum approaches to contemporary issues in school program design and instruction. Encourages cross-cultural awareness, language development, and academic progress of all students.
EDU 330 Counseling in Schools: Familiarizes students with values, myths, and realities of school counseling programs in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. Explores personal decision making, career and academic concerns, and social responsibilities.
EDU 335 Content Area Reading in Secondary Schools: Prepares teachers in content areas with tools required to assist students with reading skills. Pre-service teachers will learn strategies to improve vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills, enabling students to better learn content materials. Prerequisites: Secondary Education minors; EDU 271 or EDU 272. ESOL infused course.
EDU 358 Strategies for Classroom Management: Teaches prevention or solution of problems through management of classroom, children, and curriculum. Reviews techniques to move children from external to internal control.
EDU 371 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties: Covers administration and interpretation of reading tests and acquisition of the knowledge to plan appropriate strategies to provide optimum growth in students' reading abilities. Includes 25 hours of field experience. Prerequisite: Elementary Education major.
EDU 385 Teaching Children with Special Needs: Emphasizes useful strategies for teaching special populations, including students with learning disabilities, mental disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory disabilities, communication disabilities, and giftedness. Includes field component.
EDU 406 Instructional Strategies and Classroom Management: Emphasizes planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in an increasingly diverse school environment based on current research. Includes teaching field experience. Prerequisites: admission to Elementary Education major; EDU 271 or EDU 272. Corequisite: EDU 409, EDU 409L. ESOL infused course.
EDU 407 Instructional Strategies and Classroom Management in Diverse Secondary Schools: Emphasizes planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction in an increasingly diverse school environment based on current research. Includes teaching field experience. Prerequisites: admission to Secondary Education minor; EDU 271 or EDU 272. ESOL infused course.
EDU 409 Literacy and Content Area Instruction: Presents methods for teaching reading, writing, and language in a constructivist, balanced, reading classroom. Prerequisites: Elementary Education major, junior standing, EDU 309, and EDU 371. Corequisite: EDU 406, EDU 409L. ESOL infused course.
EDU 409L Reading Field Experience: Both EDU 406 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Schools and EDU 409 Literacy and Content Area Instruction require an extensive field component. Students will spend approximately 100 hours teaching reading and content area reading in an assigned elementary school. Corequisites: EDU 406 and 409. ESOL infused course.
EDU 417 Teaching (Particular Subject) in Secondary Schools: Explores selection, evaluation, and use of instructional materials to adapt college major to secondary school. Prerequisites: Secondary Education minor. Corequisite: EDU 417L. ESOL infused course.
EDU 444 Educational Statistics, Tests, and Measurements: Focuses on the basic concepts of educational statistics with applications to the theories of tests and measurements. Topics include descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, correlation and prediction, and test theory.
EDU 470 Competencies for the Beginning Teacher: Survey course taken during the student teaching semester. Prepares future teachers in the planning of instruction, organization of classrooms, and the management of student learning and conduct. Examines topics pertaining to teaching such as child abuse, assessments, and job-hunting skills. The ETEP portfolio based on the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices must be completed at the performance level. Prerequisites: All required courses. Corequisite: EDU 490 or EDU 491.
EDU 490 Student Teaching -- Elementary: Provides full-time experience integrating and applying skills in approved local school under direction of master teacher. Prerequisites: all Elementary Education major requirements. Corequisite: EDU 470.
EDU 491 Student Teaching -- Secondary: Provides full-time experience integrating and applying skills in approved local school under direction of master teacher. Prerequisites: all Secondary Education minor requirements. Corequisite: EDU 470.
EDU 496B Leadership Skills: Evaluates effects of leadership styles on organizational climate and productivity.
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION METHODS
EED 317 Music for Elementary Schools: Presents basic concepts, literature, and methods for teaching vocal and instrumental music. Workshop. Required for certification in music. Prerequisite: Elementary Education or Music major.
EED 318 Art for Elementary Schools: Examines use of art to foster child development and supplement learning in curricular areas. Explores sensory experiences, aesthetics and aesthetic education, management of classroom art center, and adult's role in child art. Participants experience an array of media and conduct art activities with children. Prerequisite: Elementary Education or Art major.
EED 355 Teaching (Foreign Language) in the Elementary Schools: Required for all students seeking foreign language certification.
EED 363 Social Studies for Elementary Schools: Delves into foundations for social studies, exploring human experience, environmental studies (including conservation), teaching strategies for inquiry learning, problem solving, and concept development. Prerequisite: Elementary Education major.
EED 364 Science for Elementary Schools: Stresses major concepts and processes of science: process skills, inquiry strategies, problem solving, environmental and ecological issues, and science in today's society. Prerequisite: Elementary Education major.
EED 367 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Schools: Discusses methods for physical activities for children, concepts and materials of health education, and values underlying programs of personal fitness for children. Prerequisite: Elementary Education major.
EED 368 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: Content, and Methods: Combines mathematical content and teaching methods based on NCTM Standards. Emphasizes problem solving while covering numeration, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability, and number operations. Prerequisites: Elementary Education major.
EED 369 Children's Literature: Survey of the genres of literature for elementary school-aged children. Emphasis on techniques used to implement literature across the elementary school curriculum. Reviews recent research, major authors and illustrators, and literature circles as means of instruction. Prerequisite: Elementary Education major.