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College
College of Education, Health and Human Services
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 adolescent/adult education (ADED) Life Science/Chemistry program is a four-year degree that prepares candidates for licensure in life science and chemistry, grades 7-12. Students take a broad range of science-content courses from the geology, geography and physics departments and specialize in biology and chemistry content. Majors complete most content coursework during their first three years; methods coursework typically begins during the spring of their third year. During the final year of the program, candidates complete remaining content courses, science teaching methods courses, and a year-long placement in a local school district which concludes with 12 weeks of student teaching in the spring.

Life Science/Chemistry students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor early in their programs because many courses must be sequenced carefully.
 

Career Opportunities

Of the 1.2 million secondary schools teachers in the U.S., about 109,500 are science teachers in public and private schools. Currently, many school districts have difficulty hiring qualified teachers in some subject areas; most often mathematics, science (especially chemistry and physics), bilingual education and foreign languages. Accordingly, job prospects for ADED science majors are promising, especially in urban or rural school districts.
 

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 135 credit hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative and 2.600 major GPA. A minimum grade of C (2.000) 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 (60 credits) Courses count in major GPA*
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity 4
KBS   10120 Biological Foundations 4
    30140 Cell Biology 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics 3
    30360 General Ecology 4
    40163 Organic Evolution 3
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I 4
KBS   10061 General Chemistry II 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
KBS   10063 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
    20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I 4
    30105 Analytical Chemistry I 3
    30284 Introduction to Biological Chemistry 4
    30301 Inorganic Chemistry I 2
    30475 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
KAD GEOL 11040 Earth Dynamics 3
KBS   11041 Earth Dynamics Laboratory 1
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics I 4
KBS   13002 General College Physics II 4
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I 1
KBS   13022 General College Physics Laboratory II 1
III. ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (74 credits)
Type Course Title Credits
WIC ADED 32142 Principles of Teaching Adolescents* 3
    32277 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools* 3
    42277 Topics in Secondary School Science* 3
ELR   42292 Field Work Practicum* 3
ELR   42357 Secondary Student Teaching* 9
    49525 Inquiry into Profession Practice* 3
  CI 47330 Reading and Writing in Adolescent/Adulthood* 3
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society* 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology* 3
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology* 3
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
KMC   11022 Trigonometry 3
KAD   12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
    10041

30011
Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
or
Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
3
KHU
DG
PHIL 11001 Introduction to Philosophy 3
KSS
DD
PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
KSS
DD
SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities* 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one from each) 6
MINIMUM TOTAL 135


*A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned. A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in ADED 32142 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

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 135 credits for graduation. 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.