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Endorsements & Mentoring Courses

Reading Endorsement

clip_image001_0029_000Students who have graduated from an approved program of teacher education and have licensure, may take graduate level coursework leading to a reading endorsement at the graduate level. The graduate reading endorsement is an online program with new cohorts starting each summer. Click to view information about the Online Graduate Reading Endorsement.

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Middle Childhood teachers are licensed to teach two content area (Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, or Science) in grades 4-9. The Generalist Endorsement will allow licensed Middle Childhood teachers to add one or two additional content areas for grades 4-6. State requirements call for six semester hours for each content area plus the required Ohio Assessment for Educators exam for the content area.

4th-5th Grade Endorsement

The Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement expands opportunities for teachers who currently hold the Early Childhood License (age 3 to grade 3). School districts also benefit from greater flexibility in teacher assignments. Only currently licensed teachers are eligible for this program. The 4th-5th Grade Endorsement website is HERE.


The purpose of the Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs (PKSN) Endorsement program is to increase the quantity of high-quality PKSN teachers across the state of Ohio. This program will help to ensure that there are a sufficient number of fully-credentialed and well-prepared teachers to instruct preschool children with disabilities and developmental delays so that the quality of instructional services received by children and their families is resolute. Early childhood teachers and intervention specialists will benefit from the PKSN program by acquiring advanced knowledge and skills to enhance the early educational opportunities for preschool children with special needs. The PKSN Endorsement website can be found HERE.


The Transition to Work Endorsement is a 12 credit-hour non-degree program at Ohio University that prepares educators, special education administrators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, parents, and advocates  to meet the individualized needs of adolescents and young adults with disabilities as they transition from high school to college, careers, and community settings. Through a series of 4 online courses, professionals can complete this program in one year. Information from the Ohio Department of Education about this endorsement are available here. Details about how to receive this endorsement through the Department of Teacher Education are HERE.

Mentoring teacher Candidates courses

These workshops examine various approaches to mentoring field experiences for teacher candidates.  Topics willTeacher Quality include examining the role of a mentoring teacher, setting expectations, getting teacher candidates involved with students, helping teacher candidates reflect on their teaching, and engaging teacher candidates with inquiry projects. In addition, the requirements of different field experiences will be discussed.  Finally, special attention will be given to the utilization of teacher candidates to increase instructional opportunities for students and personal growth opportunities for teachers. The Mentor workshop website can be found HERE.

Note: The Patton College offers a variety of programs at Ohio University regional campuses and eCampus. All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date.