Masters of Arts in Teaching
For degree holders, there are two pathways at Kent State University that offer eligibility to earn initial teacher licensure in Visual Arts Education PreK-12:
1. Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Art Education (2nd bachelors degree)
2. Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program/degree with a concentration in Visual Arts (recommended pathway)
The MAT program consists of the professional (education) coursework, field hours, and a student teaching experience required for licensure in Ohio. It is offered in two formats: a one-year, accelerated format and a two-year part-time format (final 2 semesters require full-time study). The program (both formats) starts one time per year in mid-May with an annual application deadline of January 15th. To qualify for admission review for the MAT one-year, accelerated format, you must have successfully completed all remaining undergraduate content hours prior to starting MAT coursework. To qualify for admission review for the MAT two-year, part-time format, you must be within 30 hours of content area completion. These candidates would then “carry in” any unfinished undergraduate content coursework into the MAT two-year program. Please be aware that any undergraduate content coursework carried into the MAT two-year program is subject to graduate tuition rates.
All graduate initial licensure candidates are required to demonstrate basic competency in reading, writing, and mathematics prior to admission. To demonstrate these competencies, MAT applicants are required to take the Praxis Core tests in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics unless exempted by GRE scores fewer than 5 years old at the time of completion of application. The Praxis Core tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs.