- Vacca Office of Students Services
- Academic Regulations and Information
- Undergraduate Teacher Licensure Programs
The Vacca Office of Student Services (VOSS) in 304 White Hall serves all undergraduate students, including transfer students, as well as postundergraduates and graduate students seeking licensure.
The office mission is to provide the highest level of service and support to students, faculty, administrators, alumni and the larger community. As partners in the academic success of students, the VOSS staff strives to be responsive to the needs of its students and at the same time uphold the academic standards and professional integrity of Kent State University and outside agencies and accrediting groups. The office works together as a team to be knowledgeable, helpful, efficient and consistent, yet understanding of the diversity of students we serve.
The advisors and undergraduate staff are here to help students:
- Plan coursework.
- Prepare for admission to advanced study.
- Process graduation and licensure applications.
- Evaluate transcripts.
- Find answers to students’ questions.
- Encourage and guide students as they develop and define realistic goals.
- Facilitate an understanding of the value of higher education and lifelong learning.
- Assist in developing decision-making skills.
- Help students assume ownership for their educational plans and achievements. [TOP]
In addition to the college regulations explained below, students should carefully read the General Requirements and Regulations section of this Catalog. Pre-enrollment program advising is required of all students admitted as freshmen to the college.
Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.
Admission to Health and Human Services Programs and Educational Studies
Students are admitted to health and human services programs and educational studies using the university admission criteria (see the Entering the University section of this Catalog), with the exception of the sport administration program, which requires a 2.75 high school GPA for entering freshmen and a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Selective admission criteria are used in some programs in the college. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required GPA. Students desiring to major in human development and family studies or speech pathology and audiology are admitted as pre-majors and later are accepted into the appropriate program only after specific requirements have been met. It is imperative that the student contact the individual school for detailed information.
The EHHS General category is intended for students who are exploring programs in EHHS and are not yet ready to declare a major or do not meet the criteria for their intended major. Because a degree cannot be earned while in EHHS General, it is important that students declare a major before earning 60 semester hours to facilitate timely progress toward a degree. Students will not be permitted to continue in EHHS General after accumulating 60 semester hours.
Transferring to the College
The following regulations apply to students who have had some college work either at Kent State University or elsewhere and who seek to transfer into the College of Education, Health, and Human Services:
- Students are accepted into a teacher licensure program and Community Health by transfer if they have achieved a 2.75 or better GPA in previous college coursework. They must meet with an academic advisor in 304 White Hall as soon as possible to review specific requirements for admission to advanced study >
- Students are accepted by transfer in the following programs if they have achieved a 2.50 or better GPA in previous college coursework:
- Sport Administration
- Educational Studies
- Students are accepted by transfer in the following programs if they have achieved a 2.00 or better GPA in previous college coursework:
- Athletic Training
- Exercise Sciences
- Hospitality Management
- Integrated Health Studies
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Physical Education—Human Movement Studies
- Pre-Human Development and Family Studies
- Pre-Speech Pathology and Audiology
- Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management
- Some programs require a higher minimum GPA to advance into the professional phase of the program. See the specific major in this Catalog for more information
- Graduates of other colleges wanting to pursue an undergraduate education program for teacher licensure must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better to be eligible for admission to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. They must also satisfy the professional requirements for admission to advanced study. Appropriate course substitutions will be allowed within the general education and specialized education requirements. A 2.75 average GPA is required for admission to advanced study, student teaching
- Graduation and licensure (some programs may require a higher GPA). Failure to produce a 2.75-average GPA in the first semester of registration or failure to maintain a 2.75-average GPA in subsequent semesters may result in dismissal from the postundergraduate program
Students transferring into the college from another university should make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor in the Vacca Office of Student Services to determine applicability of transfer credits to their program before registering for classes. In some cases, students then are referred to the appropriate department or school for a determination on specialized courses. Please be aware that most programs are highly sequential and transferring from another university may delay graduation.
Transient Work at Another University
If undergraduate students wish to take coursework as transient students at another university, they must meet the following requirements:
- Be in good academic standing.
- Obtain prior approval from the chairpersons of the appropriate Kent State University departments and from the dean’s representative in 304 White Hall.
- No more than 18 semester hours of transient coursework may be approved. Additional information on transient work can be found under the General Requirements and Regulations section of this Catalog.
- Students are discouraged from taking transient courses during their last semester because of the time necessary to receive and process transcripts, which may result in a delay of clearing for graduation.
Academic advising is a purposeful, developmental and collaborative teaching and learning process integral to the educational experience at all Kent State University campuses. Through relationships with professional and faculty advisors, students have access to information, resources and sustained support, which contribute to self-discovery and personal growth. Academic advisors work in partnership with students to help them develop and pursue meaningful educational plans and activities compatible with their values, abilities, career aspirations and life goals. In addition, academic advisors work within the academic community to enhance the overall learning environment.
As a requirement of the First Year Experience course, students are required to meet with an academic advisor during the first semester of the freshman year to discuss requirements for their program. Students are expected to meet with an academic advisor a minimum of one time per year to review his/her file until completion of the degree program. Failure to do so may result in delay in program completion and graduation. Academic advisors are seen by appointment which can be made online at www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/.
Academic advisors responsibilities include, but are not exclusive to, the following
Provide information about policies and procedures, curriculum and graduation requirements and available resources.
Assist in selecting appropriate courses and complementary educational experiences.
Provide students with information about alternatives, program changes and the consequences of academic decisions.
Advocate on behalf of the student to find the best possible solutions and options within established policy.
It is the responsibility of the faculty advisor to initiate course substitutions or waiver approval, provide special information regarding coursework and provide counseling in choosing and scheduling major and professional education courses. Students also meet with their faculty advisor to discuss potential employment in their chosen field, explore career alternatives or options as they may relate to their major and find out what publications and organizations relate to their field. Regular consultation with a faculty advisor is an essential aspect of all students’ personal academic management and planning. Failure to do so may result in a delay in program completion and graduation.
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services views advising as an equal partnership between the students, faculty advisors and academic advisors. Although advisors provide the necessary support and guidance to students throughout a degree program, it is expected that students will take responsibility for the following:
Developing Skills and Abilities
Students will develop the skills and abilities necessary to navigate the university structure.
- Understand the role of the academic advising process in the university experience.
- Become familiar and comfortable utilizing necessary technology.
- Check Kent e-mail account on a regular basis.
- Create and maintain an advising portfolio to organize official documents from the university and assist in assessing progress toward academic goals.
- Come prepared to advising appointments by bringing advising portfolio so that progress can be assessed and courses for future semesters can be selected.
- Commit to developing and using effective academic success skills.
- Develop life management skills, balancing school, work and other responsibilities.
- Become knowledgeable about university Kent Core requirements, programs, policies and procedures.
- Be able to accurately read and effectively use a KAPS report in educational planning.
- Interact with faculty both in the classroom and at other university activities.
- Understand the definition of good academic standing and university honors.
- Review all requirements for graduation and understand it is their responsibility to meet those requirements as listed for their catalog year.
- Join the listserv.
- Read VOSS Web site/newsletter.
- Read and understand course syllabi.
Students will develop independence as demonstrated by making effective decisions regarding their academic careers.
- Communicate goals, needs, wants and concerns to an advisor in a respectful, professional manner.
- Schedule appointments with an advisor once each year (once each semester for selective programs) and arrive on time to appointments. Students should call if they are not going to be able to make the appointment. Come prepared with advising portfolio.
- Inform an advisor of changes in plans and/or circumstances that might impact academic performance.
- Use campus resources and services to assist in achieving academic, personal and career goals.
- Follow through when referred to appropriate campus resources and learn to accept help when it is needed.
- Ask questions if they do not understand an issue or have a specific concern.
- Accept responsibility for decisions and actions.
- Go to class.
- Understand the registration process—knowing their day to register, registering on the assigned day and knowing the withdrawal dates.
- Make responsible decisions regarding their academic careers.
Students will develop an understanding of their importance within the university and society.
- Develop and define major and career goals.
- Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals.
- Become an active citizen in the university community.
- Embrace intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.
- Understand and value differences in the global society.
This section is specifically for the following majors:
- Deaf Education Intervention Specialist
- Early Childhood Education
- Earth Science
- Educational Interpreter
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Gifted Education Intervention Specialist
- Integrated Business Education
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Science
- Integrated Social Studies
- Life Science
- Life Science/Chemistry
- Marketing Education
- Middle Childhood Education
- Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist
- Moderate/Intensive Intervention Specialist
- Physical Education
- Physical Science
- School Health and Physical Education
- School Health Education
- Trade and Industrial Education
The conceptual framework for the professional education unit at Kent State University is based on the university mission that it prepares students for responsible citizenship and productive careers, broadens intellectual perspectives and fosters ethical and humanitarian values. Student learning is at the center of Kent State’s framework for professional education. Teacher candidates emerge from their programs of study as quality professional educators grounded in the following values and behaviors:
In-Depth Content Knowledge
- Knows and understands discipline-specific content and pedagogy.
- Places knowledge in a broader context and integrates it with other content areas.
- Seeks out and uses innovative, content-appropriate teaching methods.
- Understands how students learn.
- Facilitates inquiry-based learning and authentic assessment.
- Creates a learning environment that helps students build on prior knowledge.
- Uses technology in an ethical, critical and competent manner as a means to acquire, provide, organize and communicate knowledge.
Informed Reflective Practice
- Draws on research, theory and multiple fields of knowledge for the development of curriculum, pedagogy and educational programs.
- Employs the iterative process of action, observation and reflection as the basis of improving practice.
- Uses multiple sources of data to plan, revise and enact curriculum and education programs.
Ethical and Culturally Responsive Practices
- Exemplifies the highest ethical standards of the teaching profession.
- Values richness of human differences and understands the implications of these differences in a socially stratified society.
- Adapts assessment, pedagogy and educational programs to individual differences, with particular attention to those differences that reflect social inequalities.
- Understands the role of other professional educators.
- Demonstrates leadership for educating all children in collaboration with educators, agencies, families and communities.
- Values and demonstrates commitment to ongoing professional development.
During capstone student teaching experiences, teacher candidates are assessed in domains related to the above values and behaviors, specifically in domains of teaching related to content knowledge, implementation of strategies to ensure teaching for learning, establishing effective learning environments and commitment to professional practice. These domains are themselves connected to the strategic directions of Kent State University seeking to:
- Create innovations in learning.
- Engage the world.
- Focus on those we serve.
- Build and sustain partnerships.
Preparation for work in schools as teachers includes acquiring knowledge, skills and dispositions that will help all students learn. The teacher education program consists of coursework and experiences that promote and assess candidates in these three areas. The conceptual framework provides the basis of a coherent program of studies consisting of coursework and experiences in the following areas: liberal education, subject matter to be taught, professional education and field experiences culminating in student teaching.
Liberal education coursework in arts and sciences constitutes approximately 30 percent of the total program of study. The Kent Core requirement (36-37 semester hours of coursework) is designed to broaden intellectual perspectives, foster ethical and humanitarian values and prepare students for responsible citizenship and productive careers. For teachers, this is important preparation for teaching in a complex, global society.
Teacher candidates focus on coursework in the subject(s) they will teach. The amount and scope of the coursework depends on the grade levels of the licensure and accreditation standards. Subject matter coursework also is aligned with the Ohio Content Standards for kindergarten through 12th-grade students.
Professional education coursework consists of required foundational coursework in educational technology, educational psychology, special education and education in a democratic society. In addition, teacher candidates take methods coursework in the subjects they will teach and complete field experiences with diverse groups of students, culminating in student teaching. Teacher candidates are responsible for arranging their schedules to accommodate the field experience requirements and for providing transportation to and from the school sites.
In accordance with the conceptual framework that explicitly values diversity in teacher preparation, teacher candidates are required to participate in field experiences and clinical practice within the partnership districts. These experiences include working with students with exceptionalities and students from diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, students with ethnic, racial, gender, linguistic and socioeconomic differences. Experiences with diversity are linked to course-related field experiences.
The teacher education programs at Kent State University are fully accredited through the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).
Adolescence/Young Adult (7-12 Licensure) Program
Advising sheets for all majors are available on the Vacca Office of Student Services’ Web site at http://www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/. All education majors and minors are expected to meet with an education faculty advisor. These curricula lead to the Ohio Provisional License in Adolescence/Young Adult Education in a specific area valid for teaching in grades seven through 12.
- Earth Science
- Integrated Language Arts
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Science
- Integrated Social Studies
- Life Science
- Life Science/Chemistry
- Physical Science
Students seeking admission to this program must meet all professional requirements for admission to advanced study. To be admitted to the program, students must display evidence of adequate communication skills; sound content area knowledge (language arts, mathematics, science or social studies); a basic understanding of the teaching profession; a basic understanding of adolescents; and dispositions aligned with the conceptual framework of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, including being open-minded, flexible, caring and responsible. Faculty will select the most qualified applicants based on an interview; letters of recommendation; GPA; Praxis I scores; and performance in English and communication studies coursework. Applicants to the ADED program must have experience working with young adults in a supervisory capacity, such as tutoring, camp counseling, volunteer work or related experience. Students should contact the College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, during the first year of study to inquire about the procedures and criteria associated with admission to the adolescence/young adult education program.
Student teaching is offered only during spring semester. Students must work closely with their faculty advisors to position themselves for spring student teaching and to plan proper course sequencing. Students must apply for student teaching a year and a half in advance.
Career Technical Teacher Education
The career technical teacher education program prepares teachers and trainers in a variety of areas. The program offers baccalaureate and graduate degree programs. Career technical teacher licensure is available in selected majors for ages 8 and older:
- Family and Consumer Science Education
- Integrated Business Education
- Marketing Education
- Trade and Industrial Education
Students in each major complete Kent Core coursework. Also, each major includes coursework in a specific content area. Professional education coursework includes a basic education core, a career technical teacher education core and courses in the specific education major. In selected areas, students can pursue coursework toward licensure through an alternate route (see faculty advisors in 316 White Hall for further information).
Minimum C (2.00) grade in all major coursework is required.
Professional Education Warning for Teacher Licensure Programs and Community Health
Students in teacher licensure programs and Community Health must have a 2.75 GPA in order to progress in their programs and ultimately graduate (some programs may require a higher GPA). Unless other factors are present, students who do not meet the prescribed conditions are required to transfer out of their declared major. An appeal of this decision is directed to the associate dean of undergraduate student services, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, 304 White Hall.
Academic Probation for Health and Human Services Programs and Educational Studies
Please refer to Academic Probation in the General Requirements and Regulations section of this Catalog.
M.A.T. Program: Early Childhood Education
This Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program is designed for exceptionally qualified persons who possess at least a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than teacher education and seek initial licensure for teaching children age three through grade three. Admission to this 18-month, full-time program is highly selective. Information can be obtained from the early childhood faculty in 404 White Hall, 330-672-2580. The Praxis II is required for licensure. Information can be obtained from the web site www.ehhs.kent.edu/oss.
M.A.T. Program: Adolescence/Young Adult
The holder of a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate content area may also receive Adolescence to Young Adult teacher licensure upon selection into and completion of the M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program. This is a full-time program with a minimum of 44-45 hours and is designed to be completed in a summer plus two semesters. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a master’s degree and are eligible to apply for teacher licensure. The Praxis II is required for licensure. Information can be obtained from the website www.ehhs.kent.edu/oss.
M.A. in Exercise, Leisure and Sport: Physical Education Teacher Licensure
The Master of Arts degree is offered in teacher education in physical education. Credit hours required for the degree vary from 32 to 40 hours. For course-specific listings and complete program requirements, please visit the web site www.ehhs.kent.edu/pep/masters.cfm. Students select either a thesis or non-thesis option in the chosen concentration. Students expecting to pursue doctoral study are strongly encouraged to select a thesis option. The Praxis II is required for licensure.
Admission to advanced study is required of all teacher education majors and minors prior to enrolling in upper-division education courses. Please note: Admission to advanced study is not required for students pursuing community health, educational studies, educational interpreter, speech pathology and audiology or career technical teacher education trade and industry (the latter applies only to those who obtained initial licensure through the Route B Education Licensure Program [teachers recruited from business and industry]).
Briefly, the professional requirements consist of the following items:
Students are required to attain minimum C (2.00) grade in each freshman writing course (integrated language arts majors must attain minimum B [3.00] grade).
Grade Point Average
All students must show evidence of a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
Adolescence to Young Adult Content Area Grade Point Average
A 2.60 GPA in the chosen adolescence to young adult content area is required for admission to advanced study, for student teaching and for graduation. A minimum C (2.00) grade is required in each course within the content area. The following majors are affected: earth science, integrated language arts, integrated mathematics, integrated science, integrated social studies, life science, life science/chemistry and physical science. This requirement is effective for students entering an adolescence to young adult program as of Fall Semester 1995.
Intervention Specialist Grade Point Average
A 3.00 GPA in the professional coursework is required for admission to advanced study, student teaching and graduation. The following intervention specialist majors are affected: deaf education, educational interpreter, gifted education and mild/moderate and moderate/intensive needs.
Education Minors Content Area Grade Point Average
Students in a program eligible to declare an education minor must achieve a certain minimum GPA in their content area in order to declare an education minor, be admitted to advanced study, participate in student teaching and be recommended for licensure. The following majors require a 2.75 content GPA for the preceding activities: foreign language education, physical education, dance education, music education and art education. Students in the art education program must achieve a cumulative GPA of a 2.75.
Each student must have a faculty advisor assigned in the appropriate program area.
All students must have an advising sheet on file in 304 White Hall during the freshman year. The advising sheet is a formal evaluation of the students’ progress toward a degree program. This may be accomplished by appointment with an academic advisor or by requesting an advising sheet by mail. The request form can be accessed through the Vacca Office of Student Services’ Web site at www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/.
Professional Education Agreements
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services, under the auspices of the Ohio Department of Education (Ohio Revised Code Section 3319.31), requires affirmation of the moral character of its students. Students are required to electronically sign all four professional education statements at www.ehhs.kent.edu/stuportal. Falsification of information is grounds for dismissal and non-licensure.
Pre-advanced Study Coursework
Minimum C grade in CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society, and minimum C grade in one of the following:
- ITEC 19525 Educational Technology
- EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology
- SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities
A minimum C grade must be earned in all of the above courses for all teacher licensure programs.
The following courses must be completed with minimum C (2.00) grade for early childhood, middle childhood and intervention specialist majors ONLY:
- MATH 14001 Basic Math Concepts I
- MATH 14002 Basic Math Concepts II
Early childhood and middle childhood majors are required to complete additional pre-advanced study courses with specified minimum grades. These majors should refer to the advising sheets for the course information.Standardized Testing
All teacher education majors and minors are required to demonstrate basic competencies in reading, writing and mathematics before progressing in a degree program. Students are required to take the Praxis I if they have not adequately demonstrated the competencies through the ACT, SAT and/or COMPASS exams.
Students may take the written or computer-based version of Praxis I. Information regarding Praxis I is available in the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, in the student services offices of the Regional Campuses and on the Vacca Office of Student Services’ Web site: www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/. The specific competencies are listed below:
Students must satisfy one of the following options:
ACT reading score of 26
SAT verbal score of 620
COMPASS reading score of 93
Praxis I reading score of 174
Students must satisfy one of the following options:
ACT English score of 25
COMPASS writing score of 92
Praxis I writing score of 172
Students must satisfy one of the following options:
ACT math score of 25
SAT math score of 620
Praxis I math score of 174
Please note: Students must have all passing standardized test scores on file in 304 White Hall prior to submission of application for admission to advanced study.
Please note: The COMPASS placement test is administered to all incoming first-year students during the Destination Kent State: Advising and Registration program. It is taken solely for placement into freshman-level courses and cannot be taken for any other purpose.
Application for Admission to Advanced Study
Upon completion of 30-60 hours of coursework, students should have satisfied the prerequisites for admission to advanced study. Students must complete an application for advanced study and submit it to 304 White Hall by the second Friday of the term during which all prerequisites for advanced study will be completed. The application must be submitted at least one semester before the term you plan to start upper-division professional coursework. Applications are available on the Vacca Office of Student Services’ Web site at www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/. Teacher education majors and minors must be officially admitted to advanced study to take upper-division professional coursework.
Additional Requirements for Selective Programs
To manage enrollment and deliver high-quality programs, the faculty will select the most qualified applicants for admission based upon evaluation of standardized test scores, academic success (cumulative GPA) at Kent State and other specific program criteria. The following programs are considered selective:
- Early Childhood Education
- Middle Childhood Education
- Adolescence/Young Adult Educaiton
- Gifted Education Intervention Specialist
Information is available through the program area, Regional Campuses and on the Vacca Office of Student Services’ Web site at www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS . Passing standardized test scores must be on file in 304 White Hall prior to submission of application for admission to advanced study. Requirements for admission to advanced study vary by Catalog year. Information specific to each major is available at www.ehhs.kent.edu.
For field experience, student teaching and any culminating internship in teacher education that requires candidates to be placed within a school or agency ("school/agency") setting, the college requires candidates to complete Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCII) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check and submit the results to authorized personnel at their assigned "school/agency" before the beginning of the field experience or the first day of the semester in which student teaching/internship will take place. Authorized "school/agency" personnel will determine whether a candidate may participate in fieldwork in that setting. The BCII and FBI background checks are good for one year and are mandatory for licensure application. Electronic fingerprinting is available for BCII and FBI in 221 White Hall and should be completed at least two months prior to field experience/ student teaching/culminating internship. Regional campus students should contact their Regional Campus coordinator to identify fingerprinting availability at each campus. Candidates are responsible for fees incurred for this requirement. For more information on this policy, contact the Director of Clinical Field Experience in 304 White Hall. Visit the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Web site http://ode.state.oh.us for more information about background check requirements for educators in Ohio. Contact the Office of Professional Conduct at the ODE for specific information about the results of the background check.
Professional dispositions are values, commitments and professional ethics that influence behavior toward students, families, colleagues and communities. Learning to become a professional is far more complex than merely completing a sequence of college
courses. A major component of professional teacher education (in both the KSU classroom and field-based setting), thus, includes the development of professionalism, personal qualities and work ethic.
Professionalism refers to a commitment to working with a diversity of children, youth and their families in appropriate ways to foster student learning. Professionalism includes treating others fairly and respectfully. It means being open to a variety of learning situations, maintaining confidentiality, aspiring to high ethical standards and making professional judgments that are grounded in research-based theory and practice. It means projecting an appearance and demeanor appropriate to professional settings while in those settings.
Personal qualities related to professionalism include approaching situations with a sense of inquiry, seeking leadership opportunities in the classroom, accepting responsibility, using discretion in self-disclosure, actively engaging with others to promote learning and being willing to work with a diversity of learners. It also means the ability to work collegially with others.
Work ethic is evidenced by attendance, punctuality, timely completion of work and observance of policies and procedures.
The College of Education, Health, and Human Services has developed a process by which teacher candidates receive regular feedback on their dispositions and an opportunity to show growth in areas that are considered important to teaching. Assessment of student professionalism will be used in making decisions about student progress throughout a teacher education program, including admission to advanced study and student teaching, completion of student teaching and recommendation for licensure.
Interruption Of Progress Toward Completion Of Advanced Study Coursework
Students who do not satisfactorily complete 12 semester hours at Kent State University in two calendar years must satisfy the requirements of the most recent Catalog. Please be aware that selective admission programs may require reapplication if postponing advanced study coursework or if withdrawn for one year or more.
Procedures have been established so that students who wish to appeal an academic decision may do so. Any formal appeal must be initiated in writing through the appropriate department chairperson or school director. If satisfaction is not obtained at the department or school level, appeals are reviewed by the associate dean for undergraduate student services. For more information, please see policy number 3342-8-06 of the University Policy Register (administrative policy and procedures for student complaints).
The Kent State University Ombuds is available to students who wish to obtain further information regarding academic appeals procedures. The Office of the Ombuds is located in 250 KSC, 330-672-9494.
It is critical that all teacher candidates apply for student teaching online at www.ehhs.kent.edu/oss by the deadlines established by the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall. Intent to apply for student teaching must be completed one full year before student teaching is anticipated. For fall candidates, the deadline is the second Friday of the fall semester and for spring candidates, the sixth Friday of the spring semester. Adolescent to Young Adult (ADED) majors must apply a year and a half in advance; the deadline is the second Friday of the fall semester. ADED student teaching is a full-year internship including a fall practicum and spring student teaching.
Deadlines for applications must be observed carefully or student teaching will be delayed a semester or year, depending on the program area. Any questions about specific program requirements should be referred to candidates’ faculty advisors and/or advisors in 304 White Hall.
Once the application is submitted online, all coursework, GPA, disposition standards and other criteria as specified by the program area and college are reviewed for candidate eligibility for student teaching. Please refer to program course requirement sheets for specific GPA and other program requirements. For clarification, see faculty advisors and/or advisors in 304 White Hall.
After receiving written notification of tentative eligibility for student teaching, teacher candidates must attend one mandatory meeting to discuss additional student teaching information and necessary materials. The teacher candidate placement forms must be returned on or before the announced deadline. Failure to attend the mandatory meeting may result in a delay of student teaching.
The decision concerning placement sites for teacher candidates is the responsibility of the Vacca Office of Student Services. Placements are generally made within a 50-mile radius of the Kent Campus. Some placements are available in the Regional Campus areas. All teacher candidates are responsible for their own housing and transportation. In addition, student teaching requires that all teacher candidates follow the cooperating teachers’ schedules and devote full-time effort to this final experience in their teacher education program.
Praxis II Examinations
To become licensed in the state of Ohio, students must successfully complete the required portions of the Praxis II Examinations. For specific testing requirements for each program area, see the web site www.ehhs.kent.edu/oss. These include the test of Principles of Learning and Teaching and appropriate specialty area test(s). Minimum cutoff scores have been established by the Ohio Department of Education and must be achieved for Kent State University to recommend students for licensure.
The Praxis II exams are offered several times each year on the Kent Campus. Students may also arrange to take the exams at any other authorized testing site and have their scores sent to the Kent Campus, Vacca Office of Student Services. Registration must be completed five weeks prior to the test date. Information about testing requirements, test dates, fees and locations can be obtained from the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, and the Web site: www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/, or from Educational Testing Services at www.ets.org/praxis.
There is a substantial fee for the Praxis II tests. It is suggested that when applying for financial aid, these costs be included in
estimated educational expenses. It is very important that students prepare in advance for these tests. Sample question guides, “Tests at a Glance,” are available on the Educational Testing Services Web site linked with the Vacca Office of Student Services Web site: www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/. Additional guides for some tests can be purchased through Educational Testing Services.
Provided satisfactory scores have been achieved on the Praxis II Examinations, graduates of teacher education programs in the
College of Education, Health, and Human Services are eligible for recommendation for the appropriate Ohio license.
All individuals applying for initial licensure will also be required to complete a fingerprint check with the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) and an FBI record check. Electronic fingerprinting is available for BCII and FBI in 221 White Hall.
Recommendation for licensure by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services and clearance of record checks by BCII and FBI will result in the issuance of the appropriate license through the Ohio Department of Education.
Procedures for Licensure
It is recommended that students obtain a licensure packet prior to student teaching in 304 White Hall and return it there one month prior to graduation with the appropriate fee. Fingerprints should be on file with BCII and FBI and are good for one year.
Teaching licenses will not be processed by the Ohio Department of Education in Columbus until students have successfully completed the Praxis II Examinations and have been cleared for graduation.
Once the licenses have been processed in Columbus, including the record check by BCII and FBI, they will be forwarded immediately to the recipients—approximately four to six weeks after being processed by 304 White Hall.
If documentation is requested by a school system prior to students’ receipt of the teaching license, a letter of completion will be issued by the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall.
Students are encouraged to register with the Career Services Center and take advantage of the free, full-time employment service that offers on-campus interview opportunities, a referral network and access to Web job listings. Additional information can be found on the Career Services Center’s Web site at www.kent.edu/career. [TOP]
Athletic Training—successful completion results in eligibility for certification by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC) and licensure in the state of Ohio by the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers’ Board.
Gerontology—completion results in certification by the Kent State University Gerontology Center.
Nutrition and Dietetics—affiliate membership in the American Dietetic Association (ADA) is available to students who chose this program to become a registered dietician.
Speech-Pathology and Audiology—meets the professional certification requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the licensure requirements of the State of Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Ohio Department of Education (pupil services licensure). [TOP]
Students must apply for graduation two semesters before the expected date of graduation. Specific deadline dates for application are posted on the VOSS Web site (www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/), are listed on the Registrar’s Office Web site at www.registrars.kent.edu and on each student’s KAPS report. Applications may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office or on the College of Education, Health, and Human Services Vacca Office of Student Services’ Web site at www.ehhs.kent.edu/OSS/. Completed forms should be returned to 304 White Hall. Students will receive by mail a graduation audit. If students have any questions about remaining requirements, they should consult with an undergraduate staff member in 304 White Hall.
- The university minimum of 121 semester hours of credit is required for graduation; however, some programs in the college require more hours. At least 39 hours must be upper-division coursework. Courses either failed or repeated are not counted toward hours completed for graduation. Developmental courses under arts and sciences, undergraduate studies or mathematics are not used toward graduation.
- The university’s residency requirement may be met by completing the first 91 semester credit hours or the final 30 semester credit hours at Kent State University. Students are discouraged from taking transient courses during their last semester because of the time necessary to receive and process transcripts, which may result in a delay of clearing for graduation.
- Teacher licensure program majors and minors must earn a minimum C (2.00) grade in all professional coursework. All education majors must have a minimum C (2.00) grade in all major/concentration coursework. A minimum 2.75 content GPA is required for all education minors.
- Students must meet all course requirements of a major described in the specific area of study in this Catalog.
- Every student is required to complete a writing-intensive course. Please refer to the writing-intensive page for specific information on the writing-intensive course requirement.
- Students must complete two diversity courses within their program. Please refer to the diversity page of this Catalog.
- Specific required minimum GPAs for content, professional and major coursework, and for graduation are listed for each program in the areas of study of the Catalog.
- No more than 4 semester credit hours in physical education basic (PEB) activity courses are permitted toward graduation.
- Students who do not satisfactorily complete 12 semester hours at Kent State University in two calendar years must satisfy the requirements of the most recent Catalog.
- Students who have been dismissed from Kent State and then reinstated must fulfill curricular, graduation and professional requirements specified by the Catalog in effect at the time of their first enrollment after reinstatement. [TOP]
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL)—To provide a supportive signing environment and encourage the understanding of the culture and values of the deaf community.
ASSOCIATION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN EDUCATION (AISE)—Promotes intercultural communication, awareness and understanding among international and American students, faculty and staff through educational, cultural and social activities.
CLUB MANAGERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (CMAA)—Provides a format for students interested in clubs to meet and interact.
DELTA PSI KAPPA—National honorary fraternity for majors in physical education and recreation.
GERONTOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA (GSA)—To provide students with opportunities to network with professionals in the field of gerontology and be involved in community service.
GOLDEN KEY NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY—Recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields of study.
HUMAN SERVICE MANAGEMENT STUDENT ASSOCIATION—Membership is open to all students interested in careers in the field of nonprofit human service.
ICE CARVING CLUB—Membership is open to all students interested in developing their ice carving talents regardless of their current skill level.
KAPPA OMICRON NU—Students with grade point averages of 3.00 or above are invited to join this national honor society for students in family and consumer sciences.
KENT STUDENT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (KSEA)—Student chapter of the National Education Association. Focuses on teacher quality, community service and political involvement.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION (NAME)—Brings together individuals and groups with an interest in multicultural education from all levels of education, different academic disciplines and from diverse educational institutions and occupations.
PHI EPSILON KAPPA—National honorary fraternity for men and women in physical education and recreation.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLUB—Student organization to promote professional and social interaction in the field of physical education.
RHO PHI LAMBDA—National honorary fraternity in recreation.
SELS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION—Organization to encourage academic, professional and social interaction among the graduates of the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport. Chartered by the Kent State Alumni Association.
SIGMA PHI OMEGA (SPO)—The national academic honor and professional society in gerontology.
SPORT, EVENT and RECREATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (SERMA)—To encourage the academic, social and professional development among the students of the sports and recreation management programs at Kent State University.
STUDENT DIETETIC ASSOCIATION—Promotes networking with professionals in the field of nutrition and involvement in community service. Students participate in activities such as delivery of meals for Mobile Meals and food drives.
A.O. DEWEESE AWARD to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative GPA in the School of Exercise, Leisure and Sport (SELS).
MARIE HYDE APPLE AWARD to a female physical education teacher preparation major for outstanding scholarship and character.
PATRICIA REPPA AWARD to outstanding senior women majoring in physical education.
GEORGE J. ALTMANN AWARD to the outstanding graduating senior man majoring in physical education.
VIRGINIA P. HARVEY AWARD to an outstanding senior woman majoring in leisure studies.
GLENN A. HASKIN AWARD to an outstanding senior man majoring in leisure studies.
MARY BETH IKERMAN AWARD to the outstanding sophomore or junior woman majoring in physical education, teacher licensure.
PHI EPSILON KAPPA AWARD to the senior male and female athlete with the highest academic achievement within SELS.
THE BETTY SMITH TRUOG AWARD to two outstanding female students majoring in physical education (one teacher preparation major) for outstanding scholarship and character.
GLENNA RAE WILLIAMS AWARD to the outstanding junior man or woman majoring in leisure studies.
DOROTHY FRUIT GERONTOLOGY AWARD to an outstanding gerontology junior in the field of gerontology.
OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN IN FCS/DIRECTOR’S SCHOLARSHIP to an outstanding freshman student with potential in a field within the School of Family and Consumer Studies.
OUTSTANDING SOPHOMORE IN FCS/MARY ELIZABETH KELLER SCHOLARSHIP to an outstanding sophomore student with potential in a field within the School of Family and Consumer Studies.
OUTSTANDING JUNIOR IN FCS/MARY ELIZABETH KELLER AWARD to outstanding junior student with potential in a field within the School of Family and Consumer Studies.
OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN FCS/FCS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP to an outstanding senior student with potential in a field within the School of FCS.
FUTURE CLUB MANAGER AWARD (Greater Cleveland Chapter of Club Managers Association of America, CMAA) to a member of Kent State CMAA student chapter who has shown outstanding participation and leadership in student chapter meetings and related activities.
DOROTHY M. LUCKE SCHOLARSHIP FOR NUTRITION AND DIETETICS UNDERGRADUATE AWARD to an outstanding student majoring in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
DOROTHY M. AND MILDRED G. LUCKE SCHOLARSHIP FOR NUTRITION AND DIETETICS to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students majoring in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
LINERODE-IRMITER HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AWARD to support an outstanding student in the field of hospitality management.
FRANCES SCHWEBEL SOLOMON FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT AWARD to an outstanding student in the field of hospitality management.
EVA MEDVED ENDOWED AWARD to a nutrition student enrolled in the Master of Science degree program to aid with their research, or for a senior student who has applied to a dietetic internship.
JAMES AND DOROTHY FRUIT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES AWARD to recognize an outstanding junior, senior or graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies program for scholarship and service.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP (MARLA JACOBS SCHOLARSHIP) to students who have experienced personal disabilities and are pursuing career goals serving children and/or adolescents in school, community or residential settings. [TOP]