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4th-5th Grade Early Childhood Endorsement

4th-5th Grade Early Childhood GeneralistThe addition of the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement to an Early Childhood licensure (age 3 to grade 3) provides school districts with greater staffing flexibility, Early Childhood teachers with additional teaching options, and facilitates the mobility of teachers into Ohio from other states.  Program Overview is available in pdf format. 

The program includes four courses totaling 10 semester hours of graduate-level credit and you must complete all 4 courses within the endorsement program at Ohio University.  All courses are 7 weeks long and completely online. Students will take the first two courses Summer I and the remaining two courses Summer II as follows:

  • EDEL 5150 Teaching Reading and Language Arts to Fourth and Fifth Graders (4 credit hours)
  • EDEL 5560 Teaching Social Studies to Fourth and Fifth Graders (2 credit hours)
  • EDEL 5370 Teaching Mathematics to Fourth and Fifth Graders (2 credit hours)
  • EDEL 5480 Teaching Science to Fourth and Fifth Graders (2 credit hours)

Only currently licensed Early Childhood teachers or undergraduates who graduate in spring (expecting to receive licensure over the summer) are eligible for this program per Ohio Department of Education regulations. Unfortunately, this endorsement is not part of the senior to graduate students program. Endorsement cohorts are also not eligible for GA/GRS tuition waivers. You must have at least a 2.9 Undergraduate GPA to be accepted.  In order to be recommended for the Endorsement, you must also complete all courses with a 2.75 cumulative GPA, pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Elementary Education Exam 018/019 with a score 220 on each section and complete a field experience. Possible field experiences may include, but are not limited to:  Summer camps, After school programs, Summer School, Tutoring and Substitute teaching for students in grade 4 and 5. The field experience can be completed in the spring before the coursework begins as long as the student is already admitted to the program.*  You will need to contact the Program Coordinator, Christopher Andersen at to receive approval for your field experience before beginning.

TUITION & financial aid
Please visit the Office of the Bursar Tuition Schedule for current tuition and fees.  Ohio University Faculty and Staff should contact us before registering.  As a non-degree graduate student working toward teacher certification, financial aid is limited to undergraduate Direct Loans that require a minimum of six credit hours. Students who have reached the maximum aggregate loan borrowing limit in the Direct Loan Program  ($57,500 as Independent, $31,000 as Dependent) may seek a private alternative loan as a resource. Students planning to enroll in courses for Summer Semester 2019 will need to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA application.  The Ohio University school code is 003100.  For further questions about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Direct Loans, please e-mail

OuApply Today!r next cohort is scheduled to begin on May 13, 2019 during our Summer term. Applications will again be accepted beginning in January 2019 for this program (ND8869).  Deadline for application is April 26, 2019. For additional questions, please e-mail us:

*Please note:  Due to a change in the Ohio Administrative Code 333-1-05, all endorsement programs in the State of Ohio must now show alignment with a 50 clock hour field experience for each endorsement and each additional license beyond the initial license. This change in code was approved by the State in November 2016. Students being admitted into programs beginning in the Fall 2017 Semester will be subject to this change in law. ODHE has expanded what is allowable for field experiences. The candidate is required to be in a field experience in the grade and content area of their respective licensure program they are pursuing.  

A new policy will take effect beginning with the Fall 2017 Semester. Candidates seeking licensure within eighteen (18) months of successfully completing an educator preparation program at Ohio University will be recommended for licensure if they apply within that timeframe to the Ohio Department of Education. If application for licensure is made after eighteen (18) months to the Ohio Department of Education, candidates will be required to meet with their program coordinator for consultation regarding any additional state and/or program requirements they need to complete. Following this consultation and the satisfaction of any additionally identified requirements, recommendation by Ohio University will be granted on a case-by-case basis. This applies to all candidates including past graduates who have not earned the license for which they were prepared.