Special Education Students

Special Education

The Special Education program is dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s teachers of exceptional learners. We offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, including advanced degrees such as the Educational Specialist or Doctor of Philosophy.


We also offer licensure and certificate programs through the Ohio Department of Education which you can take while seeking a degree or as a non-degree student if you have the appropriate existing qualifications. Pursing a degree or licensure/certification in the field of special education is a rewarding and promising career choice. The National Center on Personnel Studies in Special Education reports a critical national shortage of special education teachers, administrators and related personnel. More than 50,000 teachers are needed to solve this shortage, with 98 percent of the nation’s largest school districts reporting shortages. Jobs await you in Ohio, and across the country.

Kent State University's Special Education Program prepares students to work with exceptional learners in a variety of settings. Please visit the individual program pages to obtain specific requirements regarding all special education degrees, licensures, and certifications.

For information regarding student teaching, including requirements for admission to advanced study, background checks, and professional dispositions for teacher candidates please visit the Kent State University Catalog Page.