Ohio University

Pre-K Special Needs Endorsement Online

Program Code: ND8925
Pre-K CLassroom

The purpose of the 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.

Through a series of three courses, teachers licensed in early childhood or as an intervention specialist can add the state’s professional teaching Endorsement in PKSN, which permits teachers to work with children 3-5 years of age with developmental delays and disabilities. One course is offered each semester. All courses are online. Each course requires 20 field hours working with children 3-5 years with developmental delays or disabilities.



Term Course Credits
Summer EDSP 5800 Typical and Atypical Development 3
Fall EDSP 5820 Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education 3
Spring EDSP 5830 Methods in Early Childhood Special Education 3

In order to be recommended for the Endorsement, complete all courses with a 2.75 cumulative GPA and pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Early Childhood Special education Exam 013 with a minimum score of 220. 

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Only currently licensed teachers or undergraduates who graduate in spring and are expecting to receive licensure over the summer are eligible for this program. Because courses are offered at the graduate level, they may be used to renew your teaching license. Unfortunately, this endorsement is not part of the senior to graduate students program. Endorsement cohorts are not eligible for GA/GRS tuition waivers. You must have at least a 2.9 Undergraduate GPA to be accepted.

When applying, please include the following items:

  • Ohio University application with official transcripts from previous institutions
  • copy of Early Childhood or Intervention Specialist teaching license
  • resume
  • statement of professional goals
  • one letter of recommendation

You may submit official transcripts from any previous institutions to: Graduate College, Ohio University, 220 Research & Technology Center Athens, OH 45701.

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Danielle Feeney
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