Degree Granted: Upper-division undergraduates at Cleveland State University who wish to obtain an Adolescent/Young Adult license are expected to enroll in the college of their academic major and minor in Education. This dual enrollment is necessary to ensure fulfillment of the requirements of the academic major and the requirements of the teacher preparation program. Students follow the degree requirements of their college (the College of Science or the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences) and receive their baccalaureate degree from that college. Upon completion of all degree and licensure requirements, a minor in education is posted on student transcripts. The College of Education and Human Services may also recommend the granting of adolescent/young adult teaching license in a field other than the student’s major to a person who has met the college and state requirements for such a credential.
Specialization Options: Adolescent/Young Adult Education: integrated language arts, integrated mathematics, and integrated social studies and a variety of science fields. NOTE: A new streamlined ―CSUTeach‖ program leading to an initial Adolescent/Young Adult license in mathematics or science began in Fall 2010. Under the CSUTeach program specialized options for science have changed. The following combinations are available: life science & earth science; life science & chemistry; life science & physics; and physics & chemistry. Students interested in single field or integrated science licensure must speak with a CSUTeach adviser. More information about CSUTeach can be obtained from the CSUTeach Office, Department of Teacher Education, Julka Hall 345, 216-687-3709.
Minimum Hours Required for the Education Minor: Integrated language arts, Grades 7-12: 42 hours; integrated mathematics education, Grades 7-12: 36hours; integrated social studies education, Grades 7-12: 39 hours; science education, Grades 7-12 (all fields): 33 hours.
Teaching Credential: An Ohio four-year Resident Educator adolescent/young adult (ages 12 through 21 and grades 7-12) teaching license will be awarded upon successful completion of an appropriate degree program
in the College of Science or the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the total professional education sequence or minor in education. (Note: In some instances, course work beyond the degree requirements of the student’s college may be needed to obtain licensure.) In meeting these requirements course work taken at Cleveland State University may be combined with transfer hours from other accredited institutions. In all cases, however, students must complete their student-teaching experience and take at least two courses in their major teaching field and two education courses at Cleveland State. Eligibility for licensure further requires minimal attainment of 2.75 grade-point average in the professional education sequence and a
grade-point average of 2.50 or better in all completed course work in the major teaching field. Finally, as mandated by the State Board of Education, candidates for licensure must take and pass all applicable PRAXIS II examinations.
Portfolio: All teaching license students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences. The portfolio will evolve from a working portfolio to a professional portfolio and finally to an employment portfolio. In it, students are responsible for housing various required and optional artifacts that demonstrate their level of competency in each of the outcomes of their program.
At various portfolio checkpoints, students must meet specific portfolio criteria in order to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. For complete information on portfolios, students are strongly encouraged to access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at: www.csuohio.edu/cehs/students/eportfolio/docs/PortfolioHandbook.pdf.
As of Fall semester, 2007, all students entering teacher license programs are required to maintain their portfolios in the Cleveland State University ePortfolio System or Task Stream for CSUTeach students. As of Fall 2012, all students entering teaching licensure programs are required to maintain their portfolio in TakStream.
Accreditation: Having met current curriculum guidelines set by appropriate learned societies (including the National Council for the Social Studies, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Science Teachers Association), the College of Education and Human Services and its adolescent/young adult licensure programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Admission to Minor: To be accepted into an Adolescent/Young Adult License Program, undergraduates in other colleges of Cleveland State University must apply to the College of Education and Human Services Advising Office at least two full terms prior to the start of taking professional education course work at the 300 level and above. Declaration of a minor in education is required, as well as: a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average; grade of C or better on a college-level English composition course; grade of C or better on a college-level mathematics course; an intake interview; and verification of good moral character.
Advising: Admission and program guidelines may be secured from the Education Student Services Center, Julka Hall 170A, 216-687-4625. Continuing academic, personal, and professional advising is available from assigned faculty advisers and the Education Student Services Center. Most students will also have an adviser in their major field.
Evening Program: No evening program is offered as students must be available for field placements in area schools during the day; however, those classes that do not require fieldwork are frequently offered in the evenings.
Department Office: Teacher Education, Julka Hall 302A, 216-687-4600. Available programs in secondary education are intended to prepare candidates for teaching adolescents from ages 12 through 21. Taken as a whole, these programs focus on the nature and needs of young adults as they particularly relate to the design, delivery, and evaluation of culturally and developmentally responsive instruction. Throughout each program, the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills is aided by reflective practice and inquiry. To that end, the observation of secondary school students and settings accompanies relevant study, is followed by on-site practice, and culminates in supervised student teaching. In addition, these programs provide for discipline-specific preparation in one of three integrated teaching fields (language arts, mathematics, and social studies) or one of five single or dual field science areas (life science; life science & earth science; life science & chemistry; life science & physics; and physics & chemistry.