Deaf Education (Non-Degree)

Non-degree Special Education Deaf Education Licensure coursework and field-based experiences are prescribed based on the program approved for KSU by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Previous coursework may be considered if appropriate and current. The prescribed coursework enables candidates to become eligible to apply for a teaching license from ODE.

If you are interested in a master's degree in Special Education from KSU, you must be fully admitted into the program and complete the prescribed coursework on the master's degree prospectus in addition to courses that are prescribed here for licensure.

Candidates seeking Ohio teaching licensure are required to pass specific requirements in order to apply for licensure from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Students should consult the Special Education department for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.

Please contact Dr. Karen Kritzer at for more information.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s) from Baccalaureate program, minimum 2.75 GPA; goal statement; two letters of recommendation, Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form, and proof of a valid (unexpired), Ohio Resident Educator or Professional Teaching License. 

Annual Application Deadlines for the Non-Degree SPED Initial Licensure Preparation programs (these deadlines do not apply to additional licensure preparation programs)

Fall Initial Licensure Application Deadline: July 1

Spring Initial Licensure Application Deadline: December 1

Summer Initial Licensure Application Deadline: April 1

For those Seeking Financial Aid:

Please note, the Graduate non-degree licensure programs do not quality for graduate level federal financial aid. Non-degree licensure program students should refer to the post-undergraduate section of the Student Financial Aid website for information on possible federal funding or reach out to the One Stop for Student Services.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum total credit hours to program completion are 60.


Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is 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.

Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.