Adolescent and Young Adult Education

The Adolescent and Young Adult Education (ADED) program, formerly the Secondary Education Program, dates back to the early years of the university. Our faculty includes full-time college and adjunct faculty with recent 7-12 teaching experience. Our program prepares students for careers as educators for grades 7-12.

Professional Licensure Disclosure:  This program area includes courses of study that are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Diversity is valued at Kent State University as a universal approach to increasing the quality of education. It is an education grounded in equity, justice, and integrity that creates and sustains an environment conducive to the success of all. In keeping with the values of our college and school, the Adolescent and Young Adult Education Program (ADED) is committed to processes of social justice, inclusion, and to diverse ways of knowing and being.

  • The Integrated Language Arts program prepares candidates for Ohio licensure in Integrated Language Arts (grades 7-12). The required content courses are taught by faculty from the departments of English; Media and Journalism; Communication Studies; and Theater. The methods courses are taught by EHHS faculty. This combination of content and methods courses provides a strong foundation for graduates of our program.

  • The Integrated Mathematics program prepares students to become mathematics teachers in grades 7–12.

  • The ADED Science program offers licensure in five areas: Life science; Life science/chemistry; Physical science (chemistry/physics); Earth science; and Integrated science (with four areas of emphasis: biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science.) The life science, life science/chemistry, physical science, and earth science degrees are four-year programs, while the integrated science degree is a five-year program.

  • The Integrated Social Studies program prepares prospective teachers to teach all social studies classes, grades 7-12. The program is designed to prepare prospective teachers to be purposeful, deliberative decision-makers, reflective practitioners who prepare citizens who will then continue to contribute to the deepening of democracy, and promote the common good.

The undergraduate program in ADED is fully accredited to provide teacher licensure in eight major academic areas: Earth Science, Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Science, Integrated Social Studies, Life Sciences, Life Science/Chemistry, and Physical Sciences. Read more about Advanced Study in the undergraduate program.

Contact the Adolescent and Young Adult Education program coordinator

The Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) provides initial certification/licensure to persons who already have a bachelor's degree in a certifiable subject area.

Contact the ADED MAT program coordinator

The graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction offers master's degrees (M.Ed.) with emphases in Mathematics Education, English Language Arts Education, Science Education, Social Studies Education and Secondary Education through which teachers may expand their pedagogical base, increase their instructional skills, and further develop their expertise in their subject area. An Ed.S. and a Ph.D. program are also offered through the C&I program. Depending on your interests, these advanced degrees may be for you.

Contact the Curriculum and Instruction program coordinator

Contact Information

Kristine Pytash, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
330-672-0641 (phone)
330-672-3246 (fax)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​