Initial Licensure Preparation (Graduate Non-Degree)

The Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation program is a graduate-level licensure only/non-degree program 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/content areas before applying to the Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation program.  An analysis of additional content-area coursework and foundational math coursework required at the post-undergraduate level will be completed before entering into the program, and a Plan of Study will be created based on transcript analysis and current licensure requirements by the Ohio Department of Education. A minimum C grade is required in each of these subject area courses. This coursework would be in addition to the graduate course requirements for the Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation (Non-Degree) program.

Prior to application: For a transcript analysis of content-area requirements and program eligibility, please email unofficial transcripts (KSU transcripts can be accessed internally with your written permission) to Erin Harwood, Graduate Senior Advisor/Licensure Specialist - eharwood@kent.edu


The Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation (Non-Degree) program includes 51-54 graduate hours of intensive pedagogy courses that prepare students to understand the unique social, physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of the young adolescent; these courses are taken as a cohort. Student teaching occurs during the final semester of the program. Those admitted can expect to complete the program in 2-3 years with full-time study (this does not include any required undergraduate content-area coursework as determined by the initial transcript analysis).

The non-degree program is for initial licensure preparation only and not a master's degree program. Students interested in obtaining the Middle Childhood Education (4-9) initial teaching license and the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Middle Childhood Education from Kent State University must also be fully admitted into the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Middle Childhood Education program and complete the prescribed coursework for the master's degree, in addition to courses that are prescribed here for licensure. Up to 15 credit hours can be shared between both programs provided the candidate applies separately for both programs simultaneously. Admission documents can be shared between both graduate applications.

Middle Childhood Licensure Combination Options:


Admission Requirements

Candidates are reviewed 3 times per year for formal admission to the Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation (Non-Degree) program. All or most of the required prerequisite undergraduate content-area coursework and foundational math coursework MUST be completed before applying to the Middle Childhood Education (4-9) Initial Licensure Preparation (Non-Degree) program.

Applicants will be assessed holistically, considering academic credentials; standardized test scores of reading, writing, and mathematics; academic or professional references; nonacademic dimensions; and other specific program criteria.

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum 3.000 GPA
  • Goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Praxis Core tests in reading, writing, and mathematics - Download the Graduate Praxis Core handout
  • Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form (embedded in online application)
  • Is NOT an already-licensed teacher in Ohio (any level)
  • An interview will be conducted prior to full acceptance into the program.

2020/2021 Deadlines

Graduate applications must be completed by the deadline and include all admission documents and Praxis Core test scores in order to be eligible for formal admission review for the term. Applications completed after the deadline will not be considered until the following term.

  • Spring 2021 admission: application deadline October 2, 2020
  • Summer 2021 admission: application deadline February 19, 2021
  • Fall 2021 admission: application deadline June 18, 2021

Graduate Online Application

Hints on online application:

  • Page 1 - Begin Application - "for which type of program are you applying", SELECT "License"
  • Page 7 - Intended Program - click on "College of Education, Health and Human Services"
    - Click on "Middle Childhood Education 4-9 (choose your licensure subject area combination) Initial Licensure Preparation" and term you plan to start coursework
  • Page 8 - Additional Requirements - SELECT "Initial License", SELECT "YES" if you are also applying to the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (MCED concentration) simultaneously or "NO" if you are only seeking licensure; SELECT "NO" for pursuing additional licenses