Persons seeking information on graduate non-degree status or graduate licensure programs should consult the Office of Graduate Student Services at the location listed above. The Office of Graduate Student Services welcomes prospective students who seek guidance in identifying an appropriate program area or who have general questions regarding the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Information and the online admission application can also be obtained from the Web site at http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/ogs/index.cfm
For guidance in choosing a graduate program, contact:
Program areas are guided by the standards of their professional association(s) and/or accrediting body/bodies in setting their degree Program Requirements. Students are required to follow the Program Requirements defined by their respective program areas. Substitutions and waivers of program requirements are initiated by the student in consultation with their faculty advisors and must be approved by the advisor.
The College of Education, Health and Human Services will allow a total of 12 semester hours of graduate credit to be transferred into a masterâ€™s program. These hours can be transferred from another institution, taken while admitted as a temporary, guest, workshop or special nondegree student, or a combination of the previous. In no case, however, can more than 12 hours be used. Students cannot use more than four (4) hours of workshop credit toward a degree program (if the workshops are transferred into Kent State, they must be a grade of B=3.0 or better). Also, coursework cannot be more than 6 years old for a masterâ€™s program at the time of graduation. Student must have been admitted as a graduate student at the time the course was taken in order t transfer credit.
For student teaching and any culminating internship in teacher education that requires candidates to be placed within a school or agency (â€œschool/agencyâ€) setting, the college requires students to complete these background checks:
The results should be submitted to authorized personnel at their assigned â€œschool/agencyâ€ before the first day of the semester in which the student teaching/internship will take place. The authorized â€œschool/agencyâ€ personnel determines whether a candidate may participate in fieldwork in that setting.
The BCII and FBI background checks are valid for one year and are mandatory for licensure application. Electronic fingerprinting is available for BCII and FBI in 221 White Hall and should be completed at least two months prior to student teaching/culminating internship. Candidates are responsible for fees incurred for this requirement. For more information on this policy, contact the Director of Clinical Field Experience, 304 White Hall.
Visit the Ohio Department of Education Web site at http://ode.state.oh.us for more information about background check requirements for Ohio educators.
For specific information about the results of the background check, contact the Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education.
All areas eligible for licensure, endorsement and validation require current teacher certification/licensure unless noted otherwise.
Candidates for licensure in Ohio will need to satisfactorily complete the appropriate portion(s) of Praxis II. This applies to persons seeking initial teaching, pupil personnel and administrative licenses, as well as anyone adding an endorsement or validation to an existing certificate/license, required. Specific licensure tests are being phased in and may not yet be available. Please contact the Vaccca Office of Student Services, 330-672-2862, for additional information. Individuals applying for initial licensure will also be required to complete a fingerprint check with the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII). Anyone who has not lived continuously in Ohio for the last five years must also complete an FBI record check. Electronic fingerprinting is available in room 221 White Hall for BCII record checks. Please note: electronic fingerprinting is not an option for the FBI record check. FBI cards can be obtained in 304 White Hall.
Recommendation for licensure by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and clearance of record checks by BCII and FBI (if appropriate) will result in the issuance of the appropriate provisional license. All students should apply for licensure during the last five weeks of the semester in which they expect to complete all requirements.
Applications will not be processed until a student has successfully completed Praxis II Examinations and all coursework requirements. Once all requirements are completed the application will be processed by the State Department of Education in Columbus. Licenses will be issued by the state once the application is processed (approximately four to six weeks) and the background check by BCII and FBI (if appropriate) is received.
If documentation is requested by a school system prior to issuance of the license, a letter of completion will be issued by the Vacca Office of Student Services, Room 304, White Hall.
This letter is a special service we offer to our students and will be available one week after the final date for which grades are to be posted on FlashFAST.
In order to be eligible to receive a letter of completion you must meet ALL of the following criteria:
The following areas are eligible for Ohio Department of Education teacher licensure through coursework offered by the College of Education, Health and Human Services:
The Master of Arts in Teaching program is available for initial licensure in specific areas of adolescence to young adult education, early childhood education, multi-age areas and career-technical teacher education. Major subject area coursework must be completed prior to entry into the program.
The following areas are eligible for Ohio Department of Education educational personnel licensure through coursework offered by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services:
The following areas are eligible as endorsements by the Ohio Department of Education through College of Education, Health and Human Services graduate studies: