Bachelor's Degree

We offer a Bachelor of Science in Education with two concentrations - students select from Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts - and the teaching of reading.

Graduates of this baccalaureate program receive an Ohio Resident Teaching License in Middle Childhood Education, valid for four years. This license is required for teaching and may be used for substitute teaching.

View program requirements and roadmaps in the University Catalog

International Baccalaureate logoIB Middle Years Programme

Kent State University’s Middle Childhood Education program is the first in the state of Ohio to offer an undergraduate program authorized by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization: the IB Middle Years Programme Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Under this recognition, Middle Childhood educators graduating from Kent State are qualified to serve not only in Ohio, but also in any of the IB World Schools that exist in more than 128 countries.

Learn more about the IBMYP


Students admitted to the College of Education may select Middle Childhood Education (MCED) as their major. Applicants to advanced study in MCED will be reviewed by the Middle Childhood Education faculty toward the end of the sophomore year. In order to manage enrollment and provide a high quality program, the faculty will select the most qualified applicants based on the following criteria:

  • 2.75 minimum overall G.P.A.
  • No grade lower than "C" in concentration course work, Early Adolescence, Education in a Democratic Society and one other required education course, College English I, II, Math Concepts I, II
  • Satisfactory rating in Field Experience I
  • Qualifying score on Praxis I in Mathematics, Reading, Writing
  • Satisfactory rating on the Faculty Interview
  • Must have completed half of the total hours needed for each concentration (currently enrolled courses are included) before Block II

Read more about applying for Advanced Study   Download the Checklist for Admission to Advanced Study (PDF)

Program Highlights

  • Kent Core Requirements
  • Seminars
  • Middle Childhood Education Courses
  • Students select two concentrations from the following: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • 12 hours of teaching reading
  • 3 years of field experiences in urban, rural, and small town schools
  • Cohorts of students and faculty teams
  • Technology rich curriculum
  • "Blocks" of interdisciplinary classes