Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement

The Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement enables Early Childhood (PreK-Grade 3) license holders to meet additional requirements that would broaden the scope of their license so they could also teach the fourth and fifth grades.

Please Note: To earn the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement, you must complete the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE).

Program highlights:

  • Classes are entirely online.
  • Total of three courses, which can be taken in any order.
  • Can be completed during one summer or over two semesters.
  • Tuition locked in for duration of program.
  • Qualifies you to teach the 4th and 5th grades.
  • May be combined with ODU's Master of Education in Curriculum & Intruction
  • May be used to renew your license.

Applicants for the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have a teaching certificate/license.*
  • Be currently teaching or have access to an academic classroom.

AND have one of the following:

  • An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or higher.


  • Completed at least nine semester hours at the graduate level from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with an overall grade point average of 3.000 or higher.

*This program does not lead to initial licensure. Applicants must possess a teaching certificate/license for admission into a program. The expectation is that an applicant is a practicing teacher. Many of the courses in the programs require experiences in a classroom.

If the applicant is currently teaching, his/her own classroom may be used for most experiences. An applicant who is not currently teaching must make arrangements for classroom access to complete assignments.

How to Apply for a Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement

Your online application, fee and all supporting documents listed below must be received in order to process your application.

  • Application: Complete an online graduate application.  

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  • Fee: Pay a $25 application fee. This fee is waived for ODU alumni, military veterans, and active members of the armed forces. 

    Payment is due before we can process your application. You may pay by check - mail or drop it off to the Office of Graduate Admissions - or through our secure online form.

    Pay Application Fee
  • License: Fax or mail a copy of your current teaching license. 
  • Transcripts: Send official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. 
  • Statement: Review and electronically sign the Education Courses Leading to Endorsements Acknowledgement Statement

    Sign Acknowledgement Statement .

The Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement consists of 9 credit hours.
Courses Credits
EDU 566 Teaching Mathematics & Science in the Intermediate Grades  3
EDU 567 Teaching Language Arts & Social Studies for Intermediate Grades  3
EDU 568 Teaching & Learning in the Intermediate Grades   3
Total  9
The EDU 566, 567, and 568 courses may be used as electives in the M.Ed. program.

Note: An additional Praxis II/Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE) examination is required. See the Ohio Department of Education website for the test number.
  • Please Note: To earn the Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement, you must complete the Ohio Assessment for Educators (OAE).