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Application Process

Applying to Our Program

Request an evaluation of your content area coursework. If your undergraduate degree is in a teaching subject area, (i.e., art, foreign languages, language arts, mathematics, music, science, or social studies) contact the appropriate faculty member listed on the faculty page for the evaluation.

Any application received after January 15 may be considered for the following academic year.

There are several steps that must be completed to be considered for the Secondary MAT Program at Kent State University. All the following materials must be completed and submitted before the cut-off date: applications, transcripts, test scores, supplemental form, essay, content evaluation, and letters of recommendation. It is highly recommended to have all materials submitted 6-8 weeks prior to the cut-off date.

  1. Apply online
  2. Complete the supplemental form , including a 1000 word essay**
**Please type and double space your response. In addition, use a standard size and font (12 point, Times, or New York).
  • Try to inform the reader the following about yourself and your potential as a future teacher: What qualities and experiences do you have that you believe will help to make you an effective teacher?
  • What experiences do you have as a "teacher"? Include any volunteer experiences where you worked with children (and note specifically when the children were between 12 and 18) in an organized situation. Describe the situation(s) and your involvement?
  • Include a brief statement to conclude your essay which communicates your desire to become a teacher.
  1. Complete the verification of Questions in Anticipation of Licensure.
  2. Send both copies of the application, supporting materials, and a $30.00 application fee to: Division of Graduate Studies, Cartwright Hall,  650 Hilltop Dr., Kent, OH 44242-0001. The check or money order for the non-refundable application fee must be payable to Kent State University. The fee is required of all applicants, including those who have received a degree from Kent State University.
  3. Request that 2 letters of recommendation be prepared on the forms provided and sent to the Division of Graduate Studies. If at all possible, one of the letters should be completed by a faculty member familiar with your academic work, and the other should be supplied by individuals familiar with your professional achievements. Sets of credentials and letters of recommendation from credentials files will be accepted in lieu of one letter of recommendation.
  4. Have one official transcripts from each college or university in which at least eight semester hours (12 quarter hours) were earned sent directly to the Division of Graduate Studies, even though credits may have been transferred to another institution. Official transcripts issued directly to you are acceptable if they carry the university seal and are complete. The Division of Graduate Studies will secure a transcript of those credits which were earned at Kent State University.

NOTE: We need official transcripts directly from your prior school, or hand-carried official transcripts that are sealed in an envelope. Even if you have transferred coursework, we still need the original transcripts from that university.

We can access the official Kent State University records for KSU graduates.

  1. Submit test results from the General Knowledge portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores take 6 weeks to reach the college. It is recommended that you take the walk-in exam by November. Deadline information can be found at You can also take the exam electronically. Testing can be arranged at some local testing services. For example, in the Kent area, Prometric Testing Center (330/922-5587) offers year-round computer-based (CB) testing. You may also take the CB exam at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (216) 368-1030. We will accept the electronic printout of scores given at the end of the test for the application packet until the official scores arrive. Note: This is general information, not a commercial advocating any particular testing center.
  2. Submit a copy of your most current resume.

Completed applications will be forwarded to the department for review. Please be prepared to interview with the faculty member reviewing your application. The Division of Graduate Studies will send official notification regarding the status of your application. Please contact them at (330) 672-2661 if you have any questions regarding the application process. The evaluation must be completed and submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies before the cutoff date.

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