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 Educator Teaching License in Middle Childhood Education (4-9), valid for four years. This license is required for teaching and may be used for substitute teaching.
The Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement can be added to a Middle Childhood 4-9 license if you graduated from the Kent State Middle Childhood education program after 2004. Endorsement candidates need to earn a C or better in all courses that apply to licensure. The MC Generalist License will allow teachers to teach grades 4-6 only (in the concentration areas that are listed on the license). This is a non-degree endorsement offered at the post-undergraduate level only.
Students are automatically eligible for the Middle Childhood Reading Endorsement. Those who did not apply for the endorsement at the time of licensure may add it for a $20.00 fee. Students must apply for the endorsement through the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall.
The Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation program is for degree-holders seeking to earn their initial Ohio teaching license in Middle Childhood Education (grades 4-9). Candidates must first specialize in two subject areas as a post-undergraduate non-degree student before applying to the Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation program. This is a graduate-level licensure only/non-degree program. Candidates are reviewed 3 times per year for formal admission to the Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation (Non-Degree) program. See the Initial Licensure Preparation page for application deadlines.
The Middle Childhood (4-9) Additional Licensure Preparation program is for teachers who hold a valid (unexpired) Ohio 4-year Resident Educator or 5-Year Professional Teaching License and would like to earn additional licensure in Middle Childhood Education (4-9). Candidates must first specialize in a minimum of one subject area as a post-undergraduate non-degree student before applying to the Middle Childhood (4-9) Additional Licensure Preparation program. This is a graduate-level licensure only/non-degree program.
The School of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum Studies offers a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Middle Childhood. The program prepares educators for continuing professional development, education in a multicultural society and leadership for curriculum reform and renewal. The M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction in Middle Childhood does not lead to teacher education licensure. Those interested in earning initial or additional licensure in Middle Childhood Education (4-9) must apply to the appropriate Graduate Non-Degree Licensure Preparation program. Those candidates interested in building initial or additional licensure coursework into the M.Ed. in C&I (MCED), must also be fully admitted into the master's degree program and complete the prescribed coursework for the master’s degree in addition to courses that are prescribed for licensure.