early childhood endorsement

Overview

Candidates in the Early Childhood Generalist 4 & 5 Endorsement program will come to know and understand the changes students in grades 4 and 5 will experience – cognitively, behaviorally, socially and emotionally – as they move toward adolescence. Candidates will engage in exploring hands-on pedagogical strategies and activities that they can use to create a need-to-know environment that encourages inquiry, creativity and inventiveness.

The 9-semester credit Early Childhood Generalist 4 & 5 Endorsement program consists of 3 classes that prepare professionally licensed PK-3 teachers to earn a 4th & 5th grade endorsement in the content areas of Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies. The classes are designed for practicing licensed professionals and are offered in a variety of formats.

Integrated Curriculum
Consistent with the best practices in education, you will learn through classes conducted in a seminar format and with course work organized in modules. Courses integrate varied learning styles and multiple intelligences.

Technology Oriented to the Educator
You will use Internet technologies to learn, teach, and facilitate networking and communication with your cohort members and your faculty.

Experienced Faculty
Faculty members have extensive experience teaching in K-12 classrooms and higher education. These experiences make the faculty uniquely qualified to combine theory with the reality of practice and provide you with a rich and highly applicable learning experience.

Student Centered, Non-graded Alternative Evaluation
Your progress is evaluated based on predetermined competencies that must be met in order to receive course credit. In addition, you will produce portfolios that promote self-reflection and serve as valuable ongoing resources as you enter the teaching profession.

Only evaluations equivalent to the traditional letter grades of “A”  or “B” qualify for credit for the course. Students who require letter grades for tuition reimbursement are asked to complete a letter grade equivalency form available from the program office.

  • Makes PK-3 licensed teachers eligible to teach grades 4 & 5 in the content areas of Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies.
  • Enhances PK-3 licensed career opportunities.
  • Financial Aid is available.

To qualify for the Generalist Endorsement to the Early Childhood license, candidates must hold a teaching license in Early Childhood Education and have completed their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.  Content areas are a prerequisite. In addition, candidates must complete 9 semester credits.

 Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of theories and research regarding age-appropriate behaviors and development of typical and atypical students ages eight to twelve. Candidates will gain an understanding of preadolescent development and the impact on classroom management, instruction and assessment. They will also explore opportunities, responsibilities and challenges encountered when working with preadolescent students including integrated learning approaches, impact of home environment and peer relationships on learning, and the middle school teaching philosophy.

Integrated Language Arts and Social Studies Instruction for the 4/5 Classroom (4 Credits)
 Candidates will examine, design, and practice instructional strategies that are the foundation for a reflective and effective integrated classroom. The candidate will use knowledge of child development as a foundation for designing language-based multidisciplinary instruction and assessment with an emphasis on Ohio Language Arts and Social Studies Academic Content Standards. Experiences during this course emphasize: (1) development and organization of curriculum that stresses application on concepts and comprehension, (2) development and implementation of instruction and assessment methods that integrate within the social studies disciplines and language arts, (3) qualitative and quantitative methods to assess student learning, (4) strategies for assessment of candidate’s own demonstration of effective integrated instruction in Language Arts and Social Studies with students in the 4/5 classroom, (5) development of language arts and social studies content knowledge as it relates to the Ohio Academic Content Standards and Common Core.
Integrated Math and Science Methods for Grades 4 and 5 (4 Credits)
 Candidates will examine, design, and practice instructional strategies that are the foundation for a reflective and effective integrated classroom. The candidate will use knowledge of child development as a foundation for designing instructional strategies to teach and assess integrated science and mathematics instruction with an emphasis on Ohio mathematics and science Academic Content Standards and Common Core. Experiences during this course emphasize: (1) development and organization of curriculum that stresses application on concepts and comprehension, (2) development and implementation of instruction and assessment methods that integrate within the mathematics and science disciplines, (3) qualitative and quantitative methods to assess student learning, (4) strategies for assessment of candidate’s own demonstration of effective integrated instruction in mathematics and science with students in the 4/5 classroom, (5) development of mathematics and science content knowledge as it relates to the Ohio Academic Content Standards and Common Core.