School of Lifespan Development and Educational Services
- Kent Campus
The Special Education Deaf Education Initial Licensure Preparation non-degree program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree and want to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing students, ages 3-21 (pre-kindergarten to grade 12).
Completion of the coursework is a prerequisite to being recommended by Kent State University for an initial teaching license in Special Education Deaf Education (Ohio Intervention Specialist Hearing Impaired), with a license granted by the Ohio Department of Education (see Licensure Information, below).
This program does not culminate in a master's degree. Students interested in obtaining a teaching license and a master's degree from Kent State University must also be fully admitted to a master's degree and complete the prescribed coursework on the master's degree prospectus, in addition to the courses that are prescribed here for licensure. Completing a master's degree in special education and the initial licensure requirements will, in most cases, require an additional 15-18 credit hours.
Applicants are assessed holistically, considering academic credentials, academic or professional references, non-academic criteria and other specific program criteria .
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- Minimum 3.000 GPA
- Official Transcripts
- Goal Statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Questions in Anticipation of Licensure form
- Praxis Core tests in reading, writing, and mathematics1 (effective spring 2022, the Praxis is not required for admissions)
All initial teacher licensure candidates are required to demonstrate basic competency in reading, writing and mathematics prior to admission. To demonstrate these competencies, students are required to take the Praxis Core tests in reading, mathematics and writing unless exempted by GRE scores fewer than five years old at the time of application. In order to gain exemption from Praxis Core requirements, a student must achieve at or above the 50th percentile scores on the GRE Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing tests. Students who have not taken the GRE are strongly encouraged to take the Praxis Core tests to demonstrate these competencies, rather than GRE. Further information is available in the Office of Graduate Student Services, 418 White Hall.
Competency Test Equivalents:
Program Learning Outcomes
Completers of this non-degree program will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of:
- learner development and individual learning differences;
- the learning environment;
- curricular content knowledge;
- instructional planning and strategies; and
- professional practice and collaboration.
- Demonstrate the dispositions necessary to be a successful special education teacher/professional
- Demonstrate preparation for the profession by successfully completing the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Special Education Assessment.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.
Residence Requirement Policy for Non-Degree Teacher Education Licensure/Endorsement Preparation Programs
- Non-degree licensure (initial and additional) and endorsement programs that are a total of 15 credits or above: Students must complete 60% of the coursework at Kent State University, including the course that addresses the CAEP A.1.1 Standard as designated by the program area.
- Non-degree licensure (initial and additional) and endorsement programs that are less than 15 total credits: Students must complete 100% of the coursework at Kent State University.
- Students are permitted 6 years to complete licensure programs and 4 years to complete endorsement programs at Kent State University.
- Coursework transferred from another university cannot be more than 6 years old at the time the licensure/endorsement program is completed.
- Students who do not meet the residence requirements will not be recommended for licensure by Kent State University.
|ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I|
|ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II|
|ASL 29201||INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I||3|
|ASL 29202||INTERMEDIATE AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II||3|
|CI 57501||TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN EARLY AND MIDDLE GRADES||3|
|CI 57504||TEACHING READING AND WRITING IN MIDDLE GRADES||3|
|or CI 67310||THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE TEACHING OF READING|
|CI 57505||INTEGRATED SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE||3|
|SPED 23000||INTRODUCTION TO EXCEPTIONALITIES (DIVD)||3|
|SPED 53010||FAMILY AND PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION||3|
|SPED 53030||APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS I: THEORY AND TECHNIQUES||3|
|SPED 53306||FUNDAMENTALS OF AUDIOLOGY FOR STUDENTS WITH HEARING LOSS||3|
|SPED 53307||LISTENING, LANGUAGE AND PHONEMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH HEARING LOSS||3|
|SPED 53309||INTRODUCTION TO DEAF STUDIES||3|
|SPED 53310||LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS||3|
|SPED 53311||INSTRUCTION OF DEAF/HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS||3|
|SPED 53313||LITERACY ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION FOR DEAF/HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS||6|
|SPED 53324||CURRICULUM METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR DEAF/HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS||3|
|SPED 58880||DEAF EDUCATION TEACHING LABORATORY (taken three times for 3 credit hours total)||3|
|SPED 63392||PRACTICUM IN DEAF EDUCATION (taken twice for for 2 credit hours total)||2|
|SPED 63992||STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 1||8|
|SPED 69525||INQUIRY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE||3|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||64|
Student teaching is taken after completion of all licensure coursework and in conjunction with the Inquiry to Professional Practice course. Teacher candidates are only permitted to repeat a field experience course once. Please see Repeating Field Experience Courses in Teacher Education Programs policy for details.
- Must maintain a minimum 3.000 overall GPA
|Minimum Major GPA||Minimum Overall GPA|
- Successful completion of the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) at the Intermediate level or above
Candidates seeking Ohio teaching licensure are required to pass specific requirements in order to apply for licensure from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Students should consult the Special Education Department for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type.