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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


The adolescent/adult education (ADED) Life Science program is a four-year degree that prepares candidates for licensure in life science, grades 7-12. Students take a broad range of science-content courses from the geology, geography, chemistry and physics departments and specialize in biology content. Life Science majors complete most of their content coursework during their first three years; methods coursework typically begins during the spring of their third year. During the final year of the program, candidates complete remaining content courses, science teaching methods courses, a year-long placement in a local school district which concludes with 12 weeks of student teaching in the spring.

Life Science students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor early in their programs because many courses must be sequenced carefully.

Career Opportunities

Of the 1.2 million secondary schools teachers in the U.S., about 109,500 are science teachers in public and private schools. Currently, many school districts have difficulty hiring qualified teachers in some subject areas; most often mathematics, science (especially chemistry and physics), bilingual education and foreign languages. Accordingly, job prospects for ADED science majors are promising, especially in urban or rural school districts.

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 (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.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 133 credit hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative and 2.600 major GPA. A minimum grade of C (2.000) 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 (58 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10110 Biological Diversity* 4
KAD   10120 Biological Foundations* 4
    30140 Cell Biology* 4
    30156 Elements of Genetics* 3
    30360 General Ecology 4
    40163 Organic Evolution* 3
KBS CHEM 10060 General Chemistry I* 4
KBS   10061 General Chemistry II* 4
KBS   10062 General Chemistry I Laboratory* 1
KBS   10063 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
    20481 Basic Organic Chemistry I* 4
    30284 Introduction to Biological Chemistry* 4
KAD GEOL 11042 Earth History* 3
KBS   11043 Earth History Laboratory* 1
KBS PHY 13001 General College Physics I 4
KBS   13002 General College Physics II 4
KBS   13021 General College Physics Laboratory I 1
KBS   13022 General College Physics Laboratory II 1
  Choose from the following: 4
  BSCI 30275 Local Flora (4)  
    30518 Vertebrate Anatomy (4)  
    30560 Invertebrate Zoology (4)  
    30580 Entomology (4)  
    30582 Ornithology (4)  
    40364 Limnology (4)  
    40556 Vertebrate Zoology (4)  
Type Course Title Credits
WIC ADED 32142 Principles of Teaching Adolescents* 3
    32277 Teaching Science in Secondary Schools* 3
    42277 Topics in Secondary School Science* 3
ELR   42292 Field Work Practicum* 3
ELR   42357 Secondary Student Teaching* 9
    49525 Inquiry into Professional Practice* 3
  CI 47330 Reading and Writing in Adolescent/Adulthood* 3
  CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society* 3
  EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology* 3
  ITEC 19525 Educational Technology* 3
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
KMC   11022 Trigonometry 3
KAD   12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5

Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
PHIL 11001 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
DD SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one from each) 6

*A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned. A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned in ADED 32142 to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

Special Major Note:
Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 133 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.

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.