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Life Science/Chemistry - B.S.E.

COLLEGE:    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.ehhs.kent.edu/tlc

DESCRIPTION:    The adolescent/adult education (ADED) Life Science/Chemistry program is a four-year degree that prepares candidates for licensure in life science and chemistry, grades 7-12. Students take a broad range of science-content courses from the geology, geography and physics departments and specialize in biology and chemistry content. Majors complete most content coursework during their first three years; methods coursework typically begins during the spring of their third year. During 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.

Life Science/Chemistry students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisor early in their programs because many courses must be sequenced carefully.

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 and Community Health, 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 as pre-majors for selected programs or 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 I 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 2.75 cumulative and 2.60 major GPA. A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in some courses; view the program requirements to see specific courses.   
LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
    None   
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES:    There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.   
PROGRAM FEE:    $50/semester   
ACCREDITATION:    National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
Kent Student Education Association

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