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Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Online

Program Code:  ND8869 (Graduate)  

The Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grade 4–5), offered in the summer term only, allows teachers who hold a current valid Ohio Early Childhood Education (PreK–Grade 3) license to teach all core academic content areas in grades four and five. The program is made up of 5 courses that are available entirely online plus field experience.  The addition of this endorsement to your license 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. 

Ohio University will be offering this program at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels for 2022.  There is no guarantee that we will continue offering this program at the undergraduate level beyond Summer 2022 so if you are a current Ohio University student or a Patton College alum, consider enrolling in 2022.

Undergraduates who are currently juniors or seniors, who want to take the program at the undergraduate level, but will not be graduating in the spring, can reach out to Dr. Pam Beam for registration instructions.

Graduating seniors who want to take the program at the undergraduate level will need to complete and return a re-enrollment form to reactivate their account before they can enroll.

Who can enroll?

  • Current Ohio University undergraduate students who wish to complete the endorsement must have successfully completed their junior-level courses to enroll in the undergraduate program during the summer.  If you choose this option, we strongly recommend that you only take the endorsement program as it is a rigorous program by itself. All tuition and fees will be added to your bill and will not be eligible for the comprehensive fee so please keep that in mind when registering.
  • Ohio University seniors who are graduating in the spring or former graduates of the Ohio University Early Childhood program may enroll in either the undergraduate or graduate program. You will need to complete a form that we can send you to enroll again at the undergraduate level.

Admissions Requirements

Currently licensed Early Childhood educators are eligible for this program at the undergraduate (Ohio University current and former students only) and graduate-level per Ohio Department of Education regulations, but Endorsement cohorts are not eligible for GA/GRS tuition waivers.  You must have at least a 2.75 Undergraduate GPA to be accepted into the graduate-level program and submit official transcripts from all universities attended when you apply unless you are an Ohio University graduate.


Term  4th-5th Grade Generalist Courses Credits
Summer EDEL 4250/5250 Teaching Reading and Language Arts to Fourth and Fifth Graders 2
Summer EDEL 3560/5560 Teaching Social Studies to Fourth and Fifth Graders 2
Summer EDEL 4370/5370 Teaching Mathematics to Fourth and Fifth Graders
Summer EDEL 4480/5480 Teaching Science to Fourth and Fifth Graders
Summer EDPL 3910/5910 Field Experience in Grades 4 & 5 1

Tuition Fees and Financial Aid:

Tuition and fees for this program at the graduate level are available on the Bursar's website. Only two courses require materials and you may purchase them wherever you like to get the best deal.   For tuition and fees at the undergraduate level please visit https://www.ohio.edu/bursar/undergraduate-tuition.

Financial Aid is available but limited to undergraduate Direct Loans that require a minimum of six credit hours. Please complete the FAFSA at https://fafsa.gov (Ohio University school code:  003100) for financial aid consideration for Summer Semester. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships if you have any questions: financial.aid.elearn@ohio.edu.


Our next undergraduate and graduate cohorts are scheduled to begin during our Summer term 2022. Graduate Applications will again be accepted beginning in January 2022 for this program. The deadline for a complete application (including transcripts) is April 15, 2022 (No exceptions) for admission in the entire Summer program for graduate students.

The undergraduate program is only open to current and former Ohio University students who completed or are completing an Early Childhood Education degree. For details on how to enroll, please contact Pam Beam.


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Am I required to take all the course work in one summer?

No. You may decide to take two courses or all five of the courses within the same summer (recommended option). Currently, Ohio University only plans to teach these courses during the summers and may discontinue the program in the next couple of years you should consider taking the program in one year if possible.  Courses run for 7 weeks and are entirely online.  We recommend undergraduates take all courses at once because we will not offer them again in 2023.  

Do I have to wait to complete the field experience?

No. You can begin your field experience once you have been admitted to the program. Possible field experiences may include, but are not limited to: Summer camps, After school programs, Summer School, Tutoring and Substitute teaching for students in grades 4 and 5.

You will need to contact the Program Coordinator to receive approval for your field experience before beginning.

Can I transfer or substitute courses in this program?

No. All courses in this endorsement program are required and we do not allow course substitutions from other programs or Universities.

What do I need to do to be licensed for the endorsement?

In order to be recommended for an Endorsement, you must complete all courses with a 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average, pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) Elementary Education Exams (018/019) with a score of 220 on each section and finish a 50 hour field experience. You can register for the OAE Exams on their website.

When you are ready to apply for your endorsement, please:

Sign up for a SAFE account. If you have questions, please call 614-466-3593. The SAFE sign-up procedure is automated and authenticates users by leveraging real-time Ohio driver license and Ohio identification data. Please use this link to initiate the identity authentication and sign-up process. You can pay all fees online and view your status, check the BCI/FBI tab to see if ODE has current reports, and much more. You can also download a copy of their license once ODE issues it and print it out. ODE no longer mails out paper copies of licenses.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Zac Schabel, Ohio University Licensing Coordinator at 740-593-4415. Processing time is usually one day. Once ODE/Educator Licensure receives your submission from OHIO, they have a turnaround time of about 2 weeks.

Please note: 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.

Who can I contact to get more information?


Dr. Pam C. Beam
Teacher Education
Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement Program Coordinator