Applications are due by 5 p.m. on the second Friday of Fall or Spring semester.
To be considered for admission into the Middle Childhood Education (MCED) Licensure Program, you must have your application for the College of Education Graduate School and all necessary pieces to complete your file (transcripts, GRE scores, Questions and Anticipation of Licensure Form, statement of goals and two letters of reference) in the Office of Graduate Student Services in Room 418 White Hall by the second Friday of Fall or Spring semester.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required before a student is eligible to be admitted into the graduate licensure program, and students may not have a grade lower than "C" in their concentration coursework. Any course grade lower than "C" must be retaken and at least a "C" earned in order to be eligible to apply. Concentration courses are offered at the undergraduate level and are taken prior to application for Graduate School.
MCED is a selective program. The most qualified students are admitted each academic year. Our admissions process takes a holistic approach using test results, GPA, portfolio work, and an interview. The following is a description of the kind of middle childhood teachers we are seeking to admit to our program, information about the interview process for students who meet the eligibility requirements, and important dates.
The Middle Childhood Teachers We Need
The Middle Childhood Education program at Kent State University seeks to admit candidates to advanced study with the following qualities, knowledge, and experiences:
- Knowledge of, commitment to, and experience working with young adolescents. Knowledgeable about adolescent development and able to connect with them in ways that enhance their development. Enthusiastic about and respectful of diversity in young adolescent learners. Believes that all adolescents can learn and accepts responsibility to help them do so. Willingness to be a role model and mentor for young adolescents. Experience in working with young adolescents in school and/or non-school settings.
- Knowledge of subject matter. Possess a developing knowledge about key concepts in one's academic disciplines.
- Professionalism. Able to explain decision to pursue teaching as a career. Believes that teaching and knowledge of subject matter requires continual learning, even beyond the licensure program. Appreciation for collaboration and experience in working with others to accomplish group goals.
- Communication. Able to read, write, speak and listen in ways that enhance articulate and respectful communication.
- Problem solving ability. Able to navigate complex organizations like schools and universities while maintaining one's personal/professional goals. Able to analyze a problem from multiple perspectives and develop solutions that promote the democratic principles of justice and equity.
- Personal qualities and experience. Flexibility in dealing with change. Self-reflectiveness about one's personal background, goals, and the consequences of one's actions. Persistence in working through challenging situations. A service orientation toward the larger society. A cultural or language background that may help an applicant to work effectively with all early adolescents. Diverse life experiences that may enhance an applicant's work as a teacher.
The interview is an important part of the admissions process; it counts for 50% of the "points" used to determine who will be admitted into the program. (The remaining 50% is based on overall GPA and GPA in each of the two areas of concentration.) The interview provides an opportunity to give evidence of the qualities, knowledge, dispositions, and experiences that you possess as they relate to the above statement about "The Middle Childhood Teachers We Need".
So in preparing for the interview, you may want to think about your strengths and areas in which you want to develop. The interview with Middle Childhood Education faculty will take about 20 minutes. Please dress professionally. Although a series of specific questions have been developed to assess specific qualities, knowledge, dispositions, and skills as described above, faculty may elect to deviate given the answers provided by the applicant and resulting discussion among faculty. Thus the questions may not be the same for each applicant. Any student receiving the lowest score in any interview category will not qualify for admission. Any student who is denied admission may apply in the subsequent semester.
We look forward to the opportunity to meet you. The following is a list of things we would like you to bring to the interview:
- Provide one letter of reference from a teacher, coach, community member, or parent of a young adolescent that has observed you work with early adolescents in a school, community center, camp or church group, giving evidence of your knowledge of adolescent development, ability to connect with them, and appreciation for diversity. We will also look for evidence of the personal qualities listed above. A letter from someone other than a personal friend or family member is needed. If your mentor during Field Experience I wrote a note about your performance on your evaluation form and you feel that this note gives evidence needed to meet this requirement, you may submit that mentor evaluation instead of a letter of reference.
- We will have a copy of your transcripts during the interview, but be prepared to discuss the challenging work you are doing in your concentration courses and your developing knowledge of key concepts in your disciplines. If needed, also be able to talk about how your work is improving.
- During the interview we will ask you questions about particular life experiences related to the qualities we are looking for. We will want to know how you handled these situations. We will also provide typical cases of dilemmas in the classroom and ask you to problem solve. We will be assessing your problem solving and communication skills.
- Second Friday of Semester: Application for Admission to Advanced Study is due in room 306 White Hall by 5 p.m. The application form is available online. Click on "Current Undergraduate Students" and then "Forms."
- Monday of Fifth Week of Semester: List of eligible students available through secretaries in Room 404 White Hall. Please go to 404 or call 330-672-2580 to find out if you are eligible. If you are eligible, sign up for an interview. If your name is not on the list, see Lisa Froning in 306 or call her at 330-672-2862.
- Friday of Fifth Week of Semester: Deadline for eligible students to sign up in 404 White Hall for interview.
- Thursday and Friday of Sixth Week of Semester: Interviews
- Seventh Week of Semester: Acceptance / Denial notification emailed to students.
Acceptance is valid for one year, after which time students will need to reapply if interested in gaining admission to the program.