APPENDIX B | Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies Handbook | Kent State University

APPENDIX B

DESCRIPTION OF SCHOOL PROGRAM AREAS

The School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies is divided into 8 program areas: Adolescence and Young Adult Education (ADED), Curriculum and Instruction (C&I), Early Childhood Education (ECED), Career Technical Teacher Education (CTTE), Physical Education (PEP), Middle Childhood Education (MCED), and Reading Education. Bachelor (B.S.E.), master’s (M.A., M.Ed., M.A.T.), educational specialist (Ed.S.), and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees are offered, as indicated in the following table:

Degree

ADED

C&I

ECED

CTTE

PEP

MCED 

Reading Math

Bachelor

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No        No

Master’s

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes      Yes

Ed. Specialist

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes       No

Doctorate

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

No        No

A.  Adolescence and Young Adult Education/Secondary Education (ADED/MAT)
The ADED program area offers baccalaureate degrees leading to initial licensure at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Graduates of the undergraduate ADED program are eligible for Ohio licensure in any of the following areas of secondary school teaching: Earth Science; Integrated Language Arts; Integrated Mathematics; Integrated Science (with specialization in Earth Science, Life Science, Chemistry, or Physics); Integrated Social Studies; Life Science; Life Science/Chemistry; and Physical Science.

PreK-12 Baccalaureate degree holders in areas other than Education may pursue initial teacher licensure grades 7-12 through a graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree. In addition to the licensure areas of secondary school teaching listed for the ADED program above, M.A.T. students may seek initial licensure in several PreK-12 specialization areas, including Dance; Family and Consumer Studies; Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, and Russian); Health; Integrated Business (Comprehensive Business and Marketing Education); Music; Technology; and Visual Arts. For the continuing teacher, master’s degrees (M.Ed. and M.A.) are also offered through the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) program. The ADED teacher education curriculum is accredited by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), and National Science Teachers Association, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

B.  Curriculum and Instruction (C&I)

 Within the Curriculum and Instruction program area, there are several degree programs that are intended for those pursuing intensive advanced study in personally relevant curriculum and teaching areas. There are master’s degree programs in Early Childhood Education (see below), Middle Childhood Education (see below), and Secondary Education (see above), as well as in Mathematics Specialist and Reading Specialization. There is also a C & I Master’s degree that contains specializations in: Curriculum and Teaching Studies, English/Language Arts Education, Middle Childhood Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education and Physical Education. In addition, the Curriculum and Instruction program offers advanced graduate degree programs (Ed.S. and Ph.D.) for those who wish to become university educators or to hold leadership positions in areas of curriculum, supervision, and teacher education.

C.  Early Childhood Education (ECED)

The Early Childhood Education program offers Baccalaureate and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees leading to initial licensure for early childhood, ages three to grade three. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredits the Early Childhood teacher education curriculum for NCATE. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Certificate for Teaching and Learning is embedded in both the B.S. ECE and the MAT ECE. At the graduate level, a program leading to Ohio Preschool Endorsement is available for students who hold an active teaching certificate in special, elementary, early childhood (K-3), or vocational education. In conjunction with Special Education, the program also offers the Early Education of the Handicapped Endorsement at the graduate level. The Generalist (grades 4-5) endorsement can be added to the ECED license. These endorsements may be incorporated within a master’s degree program or obtained separately.

Master’s (M.Ed. and M.A.) programs are available for those who desire to pursue advanced study in early childhood education and/or develop a specialty. With the guidance of an advisor, the student develops an area of emphasis (e.g. primary curriculum, preschool education and administration, child development, early childhood policy). The IB Certificate for Teaching and Learning can be earned in the M.Ed. or M.A. programs. All master’s degree students are required to complete an exit project, thesis, comprehensive exam, or internship. In addition, a concentration in early childhood education is available as part of the doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction.

D.  Career Technical Teacher Education (CTTE)

The Career and Technical Education Program (CTTE) at Kent State University offers comprehensive degrees and educational services for the career-technical education community of Northeast Ohio and is accredited by NCATE. The program is committed to workforce development through leadership in educational programming for youth and adults. This university program area offers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as specialized endorsements. Career and Technical Education is also available at the doctoral level through a major in curriculum and instruction. Bachelor degrees and teacher licensure are available in Career Technical Marketing Education, Career Technical Family & Consumer Sciences, Career Technical Integrated Business, and Trade and Industrial Education. Students may pursue a Master in Career Technical Education in either the Master of Arts program, or the Master of Arts in a teaching program with a concentration in Marketing, Family & Consumer Sciences, or Career Technical Integrated Business.

E.  Physical Education Professional Program (PEP)

The PEP or Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program offers three concentrations, two of which lead to teacher licensure. The teacher certification concentration prepares students for careers as licensed physical education teachers for children and youth (kindergarten through grade 12). Teacher candidates learn to teach within a series of in-depth field experiences. The PEP teacher education curriculum is accredited by SHAPE America, The Society of Health and Physical Educators and NCATE. The health and physical education dual licensure program prepares candidates to teach both Health and Physical Education. Additionally, the Physical Activity and Sport Performance concentration affords students the opportunity to individualize an area of study through a liberal approach to education. Students select courses related to physical education or sport studies to support their areas of interest, or for preparation for a related profession such as athletic coaching, or physical activity leaders in non-school programs. A minor is required (e.g., athletic coaching, biology, psychology, sports management, sports medicine, or others).

F.  Middle Childhood Education (MCED)

This program area offers an undergraduate baccalaureate degree, leading to initial licensure for teaching students in grades four through nine in two concentrations and reading for grades 4 to 9. Concentration areas are: mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Baccalaureate degree holders in areas other than education may pursue an initial licensure in middle childhood through a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses that can lead to a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Many undergraduate MCED classes are offered at the graduate level also so that qualified students can combine licensure work with the master’s degree option. Certified teachers in areas other than middle childhood can pursue additional licensure in middle childhood education through selected required coursework with or without the master’s degree option; those who wish to add MCED licensure to previous licensure can choose to supplement their credentials by only one additional concentration area. Those interested in a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction should take the following three core courses: Early Adolescence, Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle Grades, and Teaching and Learning in the Middle Grades. By itself, this master’s degree does not lead to licensure. Those pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction who are interested in middle grades theory, research, and practice are also encouraged to take the core middle grades courses. The Association for Middle Level Education and NCATE accredit the MCED teacher education curriculum.

G.  Reading Specialization

The reading and language arts/literacy education program prepares educators to teach students at all age levels, preK-12, in general education and content area instructional situations. The Master’s degree in Reading Specialization is offered, as is a literacy concentration at the Ph.D. level. The program focuses on both students who progress typically and those who struggle with learning to read. The program meets all International Literacy Association Standards for Classroom Professionals and Specialized Reading Professionals and is accredited by NCATE.

H.  Math Specialization

The Mathematics Specialist Program is especially tailored to help develop mathematical leadership in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Childhood (Mathematics concentration), Adolescent to Young Adult (Mathematics major), and Intervention Specialist teachers. Graduate courses and practicum provide necessary knowledge of mathematics, learning theory, child development, research principles, and intervention techniques to graduate (master’s degree) students who strive to provide leadership in mathematics education.

I.  Physical Education Basic Program (PEB)

The Physical Education Basic Program (PEB) is not a degree program, but it offers a variety of courses related to living an active healthy lifestyle. These courses are designed to support university students’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to lifelong physical activities that are a fundamental part of the culture and which contribute positively to overall health, satisfying social interaction, and emotional well-being.