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College
College of Education, Health and Human Services

Department
School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies

404 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2580
E-mail: oss@kent.edu
Web: www.kent.edu/ehhs/tlcs/index.cfm

Description

The Adolescence/Young Adult Education (ADED) Earth Science program prepares candidates for licensure in earth science, grades 7-12. Students take a broad range of courses from the biology, chemistry, geography and physics departments and specialize in geology content. Most content coursework is completed during their first three years; methods coursework begins during the spring of their third year. In the final year of the program, candidates complete remaining content courses, science teaching methods courses, and a year-long placement in a local school district, which concludes with 12 weeks of student teaching in the spring.
 

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, 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 into 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 Core 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 134 credit hours. Minimum 2.600 major GPA. Minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA. A minimum 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.

Accreditation

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Student Organizations

Kent Student Education Association