School of Lifespan Development and Educational Services
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Special education teachers, preschool
- 8.3% much faster than the average
- 23,000 number of jobs
- $61,400 potential earnings
- Program Coordinator: Sanna Harjusola-Webb | firstname.lastname@example.org | 330-672-0585
Ching I Chen | email@example.com | 330-672-2294
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The Special Education Early Childhood (PK-5) Initial Licensure Preparation non-degree program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and want to work with young children with diverse learning abilities in a variety of special education settings, from pre-kindergarten through grade 5.
Completion of the coursework is a prerequisite to being recommended by Kent State University for an initial teaching license in Ohio Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (PK-5), which is granted by the Ohio Department of Education.
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.
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, Praxis is no longer 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;
- assessment; 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.
|ASL 19201||ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE I||4|
|CI 57501||TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN EARLY AND MIDDLE GRADES||3|
|ECED 50302||APPROPRIATE PHONICS INSTRUCTION AND WORD STUDY||3|
|MCED 30002||INTEGRATED SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCIENCE IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD||3|
|SPED 24000||INCLUSIVE PRACTICES||3|
|SPED 53040||LANGUAGE AND READING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION||3|
|SPED 53062||CURRICULUM METHODS MILD/MODERATE INTERVENTION||3|
|SPED 63950||CURRICULUM AND INTERVENTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES||3|
|SPED 63952||FAMILY AND PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD||3|
|SPED 63954||PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: TEAMING||3|
|SPED 63955||TYPICAL AND ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT IN YOUNG CHILDREN||3|
|SPED 63956||FOUNDATIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES||3|
|SPED 63957||ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES||3|
|SPED 63992||STUDENT TEACHING IN SPECIAL EDUCATION 1||8|
|SPED 64892||ADVANCED PRACTICUM||3|
|SPED 64951||DEVELOPING AN INDIVIDUALIZED FAMILY SERVICE PLAN AND INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM||3|
|SPED 69525||INQUIRY PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE||3|
|Program Electives, choose from the following:||6|
|TEACHING READING AND WRITING IN MIDDLE GRADES|
|SURVEY OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE|
|APPROPRIATE PHONICS INSTRUCTION FOR KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY CHILDREN|
or ECED 50302
|APPROPRIATE PHONICS INSTRUCTION AND WORD STUDY|
|DEVELOPMENTAL READING AND WRITING: THE EARLY YEARS|
or ECED 50402
|DEVELOPMENTAL READING AND WRITING IN THE ELEMENTARY YEARS|
|TEACHING READING WITH LITERATURE IN MIDDLE CHILDHOOD|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||63|
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 3.000 overall GPA
|Minimum Major GPA||Minimum Overall GPA|
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.