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College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580


This program prepares candidates for Ohio licensure in Integrated Language Arts (grades 7-12).  The combination of content and methods courses provides a strong foundation for graduates of the program, who will be licensed to teach English/Language Arts, journalism, communication and theater. (Please note that Ohio Integrated Language Arts teachers are only licensed to teach theater at the middle school level.)  The program uniquely features a methods course devoted to the teaching of new media.

Career Opportunities

Preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, and secondary school teachers, except special education, held about 4.0 million jobs in 2006. Of the teachers in those jobs, about 1.5 million are elementary school teachers, 1.1 million are secondary school teachers, 674,000 are middle school teachers, 437,000 are preschool teachers, and 170,000 are kindergarten teachers. The vast majority work in elementary and secondary schools. Preschool teachers, except special education, are most often employed in child daycare services (59 percent), public and private educational services (16 percent), and religious organizations (15 percent). Employment of teachers is geographically distributed much the same as the population. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Admission Requirements

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.

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; 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 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.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours. Minimum 2.600 major GPA. Minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of  C (2.000) grade is required in some courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee



National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Student Organizations

Kent Student Education Association

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (54 credits)  Courses count in major GPA*
Type Course Title Credits

COMM 15000

Introduction to Human Communication (3)
Criticism of Public Discourse (3)
  ENG 20021

Introduction to Creative Writing
Teaching Poetry in Schools
KHU   21054 Introduction to Shakespeare 3
KHU   22071

Great Books to 1700 (3)
Great Books since 1700 (3)
    24001 Introduction to Literary Study 3
    31003 Linguistics 3

British Literature, 1800-1900 (3)
British Literature, 1900-Present (3)
KSS JMC 20001 Media, Power and Culture 3
    26001 Multimedia Newswriting+ 3
    47003 Teaching High School Journalism 3
THEA 11000 The Art of Theatre 3
  Choose from the following: 3
  ENG 25001 Literature in English I (3)  
    34001 Medieval Literature (3)  
    34002 British Literature, 1500-1660 (3)  
    34003 British Literature, 1660-1800 (3)  
  Choose from the following: Reading Against the Grain 3
DD ENG 21001 Introduction to Ethnic Literature of the United States (3)  
DD   21002 Introduction to Women's Literature (3)  
DD   21003 Introduction to LGBT Literature (3)  
    33010 African-American Literature to 1900 (3)  
    33012 Modern African-American Literature (3)  
    33013 Pan-African Women's Literature (3)  
    33014 African-American Women's Literature (3)  
    33015 African Literatures (3)  
    34011 World Literatures in English (3)  
DD   34021 Women's Literature (3)  
DD   35301 LGBT: Critical Perspectives (3)  
  Choose from the following: American Literature 6
  ENG 33001 U.S. Literature to 1865 (3)  
    33002 U.S. Literature, 1865-1945 (3)  
    33003 U.S. Literature, 1945-Present (3)  
  Choose from the following: Linguistics 3
  ANTH 48210 Culture and Communication (3)  
    48240 The Symbolic Imperative (3)  
DG COMM 35852 Intercultural Communication (3)  
  ENG 31001 Fundamentals of English Grammar (3)  
    31002 History of the English Language (3)  
    31004 Lexicology/Lexicography (3)  
    31008 Grammar for Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (3)  
WIC   41001 Sociolinguistics in Schooling (3)  
  Choose from the following: Electives 6-8
ENG, COMM or JMC 30000-40000-level courses (3-6)
  Recommended Electives  
DD COMM 35912 Gender and Communication (3)  
    45007 Freedom of Speech (3)  
  ENG 25002 Literature in English II (3)  
  JMC 40022 Film as Communication (3)  
    47004 Desktop Publishing (1)  
DD SOC 42568 Race and Ethnic Studies (3)  
  THEA 11303 The Art of Acting (3)  
    21016 Make-up for Stage and Screen (3)  
  Foreign language courses**(8)  
Type Course Title Credits
WIC ADED 32142 Principles of Teaching Adolescents* 3
ELR   42292 Field Work Practicum* 3
ELR   42357 Secondary Student Teaching* 9
    43315 Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools* 3
    43325 Multimodal Literature in Secondary Classrooms* 3
    43335 Teaching Language and Composition* 3
    49525 Inquiry into Professional Practice* 3
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society* 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology* 3
  HED 42575 Health and Learning: Strategies for Students and Teachers* 3
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology* 3
  MCED 40007 Teaching Reading Literature * 3
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities* 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two curricular areas) 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 3

*All coursework requires a minimum C (2.000) grade.
**Foreign language must be taken for two semesters

+This course has prerequisite not required in this major; prerequisite may be waived by JMC for INLA students. Please refer to the course descriptions in the catalog and speak with an advisor.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.