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Admission to advanced study is required of all teacher education majors and minors prior to enrolling in upper-division education courses. Upon completion of coursework as determined by program area, students should have satisfied the prerequisites for admission to advanced study. Students must submit an application for advanced study by the second Friday of the term during which all prerequisites for advanced study will be completed, and at least one semester prior to beginning any coursework for which "Admission to Advanced Study" is a prerequisite. Students at the Kent Campus apply for Advanced Study through the College of Education, Health and Human Services Student Portal which can be accessed through the Vacca Office of Student Services web page. Students completing a licensure program at a regional campus should check with that campus for instructions on how to apply for "Advanced Study." Students in teacher education majors and minors must be officially admitted to advanced study to take upper-division professional coursework. Please note: Admission to advanced study is required for students pursuing an undergraduate major that leads to teacher licensure, with the exception of Trade and Industrial Education majors who obtained initial licensure through the Alternative Resident Educator Licensure Program (teachers recruited from business and industry).

Requirements for Admission to Advanced Study:

  • College Writing: Students are required to attain minimum C (2.000) grade in each writing course (ENG 11011 and 21011 or equivalent) (Integrated Language Arts majors must attain minimum B [3.000] grade).
  • Mathematics:
    • The following courses must be completed with minimum C (2.000) grade for the majors Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education and Special Education (except ASL/English Interpreting concentration):
      • MATH 14001 Basic Mathematical Concepts I
      • MATH 14002 Basic Mathematical Concepts II
    • The following courses must be completed with a minimum C (2.000) grade for Integrated Mathematics majors:
      • MATH 12002 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
      • MATH 12003 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
      • In addition, a minimum 2.600 overall GPA in math content coursework is required.
  • Pre-Advanced Study Coursework:
    • To be eligible for advanced study, students must earn a minimum C (2.000) grade in CULT 29535 Education in a Democratic Society and minimum C (2.000) grade in one of the following courses (please note that a minimum C grade must be earned in both courses for teacher licensure programs):
      • EPSY 29525 Educational Psychology (course not required in the ASL/English Interpreting concentration in the Special Education major)
      • SPED 23000 Introduction to Exceptionalities
    • Early Childhood Education majors must earn a minimum C (2.000) grade in ECED 10120 Introduction to Early Childhood Services to be eligible for advanced study.
    • Middle Childhood Education majors must complete at least 50% of content area coursework from each concentration (with a C or better) to be eligible for advanced study. Students should meet with their advisor.
  • Grade Point Average: All students must show evidence of a minimum 2.750 cumulative GPA with additional conditions for the following majors:
    • Adolescence/Young Adult Programs: A minimum 2.600 GPA in the chosen adolescence/young adult content area is required for admission to advanced study, student teaching and graduation. A minimum C (2.000) grade is required in each course within the content area. The following majors are affected: Earth Science, Integrated Language Arts, Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Science, Integrated Social Studies, Life Science, Life Science/Chemistry and Physical Science.
    • Special Education: A minimum 3.00 GPA in the professional coursework is required for student teaching and graduation.
    • For minimum GPA criteria for Art Education and Music Education, please see Requirements for Admission to Advanced Study for Art Education and Music Education in the College Policies section for the College of the Arts in the University Catalog.
    • Education Minor: Students in a program eligible to declare the Education minor must achieve a minimum 2.500 GPA overall and content to declare the Education minor, be admitted to advanced study, participate in student teaching and be recommended for licensure.
  • Advising Appointment: All College of Education, Health and Human Services students must have regular advising appointments with their professional advisor in the Vacca Office of Student Services (or Regional Campus advising office if completing the program at that campus) as required by University Advising. Advising appointments at the Kent Campus are made through the Vacca Office of Student Services' website at
  • Teacher Candidate Acknowledgments and Legal Questions for Licensure: Candidates are required to electronically sign four statements acknowledging that they have read and understand the following areas: background check requirements; professional dispositions; licensure application information; legal questions asked on the licensure application. Statements can be found on the student portal.
  • Standardized Testing: All teacher education majors and minors (exception, the ASL/English Interpreting concentration within Special Education major) are required to demonstrate basic competencies in reading, writing and mathematics before progressing in a degree program. Students are required to take the Praxis Core (or Alternative Praxis) if they have not adequately demonstrated the competencies through the ACT, SAT and/or approved placement assessment(s) (for qualifying students). Alternative Praxis tests are available for students who do not pass Praxis Core. Information regarding Praxis Core is available in the Vacca Office of Student Services, 304 White Hall, in the student services offices of the Regional Campuses and at Students must have all passing standardized test scores on file in 304 White Hall prior to submission of application for admission to advanced study. The specific competencies are listed below:
    • Reading: minimum 26 ACT reading score or 620 SAT verbal score or 93 COMPASS reading score or 156 Praxis Core reading score.
    • Writing: minimum 25 ACT English score or 92 COMPASS writing score or 162 Praxis Core writing score
    • Mathematics: minimum 25 ACT mathematics score or 620 SAT mathematics score or 150 Praxis Core mathematics score

Note: Additional Requirements for Selective Programs: To manage enrollment and deliver high-quality programs, the faculty will select the most qualified applicants for admission based upon evaluation of standardized test scores of reading, writing and mathematics; academic success (cumulative GPA) at Kent State University and other specific program criteria. The following program are considered selective Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education and Adolescence/Young Adult programs.

Special Education - ASL/English Interpreting concentration majors are required to complete additional pre-advanced study courses with specified minimum grades.

Please be aware that reapplication may be necessary if postponing advanced study coursework or if withdrawn for one year or more.