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Department
School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580
E-mail: oss@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/ehhs/tlcs/index.cfm

Description

The Middle Childhood teaching license is designed for grades 4-9. Students choose two concentration areas from reading and language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Upon completion of all program requirements, students are eligible for licensure in the selected subject areas, plus reading. In addition to content coursework and a substantial amount of field experiences, the program includes intensive pedagogy courses that prepare students to understand the unique social, physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of the young adolescent; these courses are taken as a cohort. Student teaching occurs during the final semester of the program.

The Ohio Department of Education has defined the Middle Childhood teaching license for grades four through nine. Students who choose this major will be required to select two concentration areas from reading and language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Upon completion, they will be licensed to teach in those two subject areas.

While it is possible to complete the B.S.E. in middle childhood education in four years by taking 16-18 credits each semester, it is more probable that 4.5 years will be needed for certain combinations of concentrations.

Mathematics Concentration - The content coursework in the mathematics concentration includes classes in algebra, trigonometry, calculus, geometry and statistics.

Reading/Language Arts Concentration - The content coursework in the reading/language arts concentration includes classes in communication, grammar, literature, reading and writing.

Science Concentration - The content area coursework in the science concentration includes diverse classes in chemistry, biology, geology, and physics.

Social Studies Concentration - The content area coursework in the social studies concentration includes diverse classes in economics, history, political science, geography, and anthropology.
 

Career Opportunities

Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, except special education, held about 4.0 million jobs in 2006. Of the teachers in those jobs, about 1.5 million are elementary school teachers, 1.1 million are secondary school teachers, 674,000 are middle school teachers, 437,000 are preschool teachers, and 170,000 are kindergarten teachers. The vast majority work in elementary and secondary schools. Preschool teachers, except special education, are most often employed in child daycare services (59 percent), public and private educational services (16 percent), and religious organizations (15 percent). Employment of teachers is geographically distributed much the same as the population.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
 

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study. To be admitted to the program, students must display evidence of adequate communication skills; sound content area knowledge (language arts, mathematics, science or social studies); a basic understanding of the teaching profession; a basic understanding of adolescents; and dispositions aligned with the conceptual framework of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, including being open-minded, flexible, caring and responsible. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based on an interview; letters of recommendation; GPA; Praxis I scores; and performance in English and communication studies coursework. Applicants to the ADED program must have experience working with young adults in a supervisory capacity, such as tutoring, camp counseling, volunteer work or related experience. Students should contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, during the first year of study to inquire about the procedures and criteria associated with admission to the adolescence/young adult education program.
 

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 128 credit hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of  C (2.000) grade is required in some courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

$50/semester

Accreditation

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
 

Student Organizations

Kent Student Education Association
 

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

I. DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE  (1 credit)
Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (66 credits)*
Type Course Title Credits
ELR CHDS 20092 Field Experience I: Middle Childhood 1
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society 3
KHU ENG 22071

22072
Great Books to 1700 (3)
or
Great Books since 1700 (3)
3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology 3
  HDFS 24013 Early Adolescence 3
  HED 42575 Health and Learning: Strategies for Students and Teachers 3
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology 3
KMC MATH 14001 Basic Mathematical Concepts I 4
KMC   14002 Basic Mathematical Concepts II 4
  MCED 30001 Teaching Mathematics in Middle Childhood I 3
    30002 Integrated Social Studies and Science in Middle Childhood 3
    31000 Teaching and Learning in Middle Childhood 3
    40005 Effective Use of Phonics in Reading 3
WIC   40006 Reading and Writing in Middle Childhood** 6
    40007 Teaching Reading with Literature in Middle Childhood 3
    41000 Curriculum and Organization in Middle Childhood 3
ELR   42358 Student Teaching Middle Childhood 9
    49525 Inquiry into Professional Practice Middle Childhood 3
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (25 credits)  
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10001 Human Biology *** 3
KSS/DG GEOG 17063 World Geography 3
KSS/DD PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
  Choose from the following:
Students in the social studies concentration must take HIST 12070 and earn a minimum C grade
3
KHU/DG HIST 11050 World History: Ancient and Medieval (3)  
KHU/DD   12070 History of the United States: The Formative Period (3)  
KHU/DG PAS 23001 Black Experience I: Beginning to 1865 (3)  
  Kent Core Basic Science (must include a laboratory)*** 4
  Kent Core Composition+ 6-8
  Kent Core Fine Arts 3
IV. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (36-50 credits)
Students must choose two concentrations
  Mathematics (26)
  Reading/Language Arts (15)
  Science (21)
  Social Studies (24)
TOTAL 128-142

*All courses within the Major Program Requirements must be earned with a minimum C (2.000) grade.

**A minimum C (2.0) grade must be earned with to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

***Students in the science concentration should take the following two courses, a minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in both courses:

BSCI 10120 Biological Foundations (4)
CHEM 10030 Chemistry in Our World (3)

+ A minimum C grade is required in both courses.

Special Major Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 128 - 142 credits for graduation, depending on concentration. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

 

Mathematics Concentration

  • Mathematics and Reading/Language Arts -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap
  • Mathematics and Science -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the2013-2014 Roadmap.
  • Mathematics and Social Studies -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
     
 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (26 credits)*
Type Course Title Credits
KAD MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
KMC   11022 Trigonometry 3
KMC   12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
    34001 Fundamental Concepts of Algebra 3
    34002 Fundamental Concepts of Geometry 3
    10041

30011
Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
or
Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
3
  MCED 40001 Teaching Mathematics in Middle Childhood II 3
  Choose from the following: 3-5
  MATH 12003 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5)  
    21001 Linear Algebra with Applications (3)  
    31011 Discrete Mathematics (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL  26

 *All courses within the Concentration Requirements must be earned with a minimum C (2.0) grade.

 

Reading/Language Arts Concentration

  • Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap
  • Reading/Language Arts and Science -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
  • Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (15 credits)*
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
  ENG 21001

21002
Introduction to Ethnic Literature of the U.S. (3)
or
Introduction to Women’s Literature (3)
3
    25002 Literature in English II 3
    31001

31003
Fundamentals of English Grammar (3)
or
Linguistics (3)
3
DD COMM

JMC
26000

20001
Criticism of Public Discourse (3)
or
Media, Power and Culture (3)
3
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
15


 *All courses within the Concentration Requirements must be earned with a minimum C (2.0) grade.

 

Science Concentration

  • Science and Mathematics -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
  • Science and Reading/Language Arts -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
  • Science and Social Studies -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (21 credits)*
Type Course Title Credits
KBS ANTH

BSCI
18630

10002
Human Evolution (3)
or
Life on Planet Earth (3)
3
  MCED 40002 Teaching Science in Middle Childhood II 3
KAD PHY 11030 Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe 3
  Choose one series: Physical Science 5
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I (4)  
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)  
    or  
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics (4)  
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I (1)  
  Choose one series: Earth Science 4
KBS GEOL 11040 Earth Dynamics (3)  
KBS   11041 Earth Dynamics Laboratory (1)  
    or  
KBS GEOL 11042 Earth History (3)  
KBS   11043 Earth History Laboratory (1)  
  Choose from the following: Science 3-4
  BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity (4)  
    20021 Basic Microbiology (3)  
    30275 Local Flora (4)  
    30560 Invertebrate Zoology (4)  
  GEOG 31062 Fundamentals of Meteorology (3)  
    41073 Conservation of Natural Resources (3)  
  GEOL 21080 Oceanography (3)  
    41073 Geology of Ohio (3)  
  PHY 21040 Physics in Entertainment and the Arts (3)  
    21430 Frontiers in Astronomy (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
21

*All courses within the Concentration Requirements must be earned with a minimum C (2.000) grade.

 

Social Studies Concentration

  • Social Studies and Mathematics -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
  • Social Studies and Reading/Language Arts -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
  • Social Studies and Science -
    For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.
 I. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)*
Type Course Title Credits
KAD ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
KHU/DG HIST 11050 World History: Ancient and Medieval 3
KHU/DG   11051 World History: Modern 3
  MCED 40003 Teaching Social Studies in Middle Childhood II 3
KSS/DD POL 10100 American Politics 3
KSS/DG

KSS/DD
ANTH

SOC
18210

12050
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
or
Introduction to Sociology (3)
3
  Choose from the following: 3
DG POL 10500 World Politics (3)  
    30520 European Politics (3)  
DG   30540 African Politics (3)  
DG   30550 Latin American Politics (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3
  ANTH 38250 Religion: Search for Meaning (3)  
    48210 Culture and Communication (3)  
DG   48260 Culture Conflict (3)  
    48270 Native Peoples of North America (3)  
  GEOG 37010 Geography of Ohio (3)  
DG   37040 Geography of Africa (3)  
DG   37070 Geography of East and Southeast Asia (3)  
DG   37084 Geography of South America (3)  
DG   37085 Geography of Central America and Mexico (3)  
  HIST 31061 History of Ohio (3)  
    31126 History of the Middle East (3)  
    31130 History of African Civilization (3)  
    31140 Modern Latin America (3)  
WIC   42297 Colloquium: China and Japan (3)  
MINIMUM SUBTOTAL 
24

 *All courses within the Concentration Requirements must be earned with a minimum C (2.0) grade.