Early Childhood Education Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years) Endorsement Preparation - Non-Degree
School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies
404 White Hall
The non-degree Early Childhood Education Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years) Endorsement Preparation program is for teaching learners ages three through five and is limited to those holding an elementary certificate, or special certificate for education of the handicapped, or early childhood or intervention specialist license. Students must have an advising appointment with the graduate program coordinator to review former licenses, teaching experiences, employment, as well as field experiences to determine which of the courses and field experiences are necessary (in compliment to already existing valid licenses held by prospective students). Additionally, a program of study must be filed in the Office of Graduate Student Services, 418 White Hall, prior to application for the licensure.
The non-degree program is not a master's degree program. Students interested in obtaining a teaching endorsement and a master's degree from Kent State University must also be fully admitted into the master's degree program and complete the prescribed coursework on the master's degree prospectus, in addition to courses that are prescribed here for an endorsement.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Bachelor's degree
- Official transcript(s)
- Minimum 3.000 GPA
- Goal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- Questions in Anticipation of Licensure Form
- Evidence of valid elementary certificate, or special certificate for education of the handicapped, or early childhood or intervention specialist license from the State of Ohio.
Program Learning Outcomes
Completers of this program will be able to apply early childhood learning standards including knowing and understanding characteristics of young children, creating safe and appropriate environments for learning, working with diverse families, performing appropriate assessments, and understanding and applying ethical principles for the profession.
Residence Requirement Policy for Non-Degree Teacher Education Licensure/Endorsement Preparation Programs
- Non-degree licensure (initial and additional) and endorsement programs that are a total of 15 credits or above: Students must complete 60% of the coursework at Kent State University, including the course that addresses the CAEP A.1.1 Standard as designated by the program area.
- Non-degree licensure (initial and additional) and endorsement programs that are less than 15 total credits: Students must complete 100% of the coursework at Kent State University.
- Students are permitted 6 years to complete licensure programs and 4 years to complete endorsement programs at Kent State University.
- Coursework transferred from another university cannot be more than 6 years old at the time the licensure/endorsement program is completed.
- Students who do not meet the residence requirements will not be recommended for licensure by Kent State University.
|Electives, choose from the following: (min C grade)||6|
|HOME, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS|
|ORGANIZATION AND SUPERVISION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTERS|
|PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION|
|Electives, choose from the following: (min C grade)||9|
|TEACHING MATHEMATICS:EARLY YEARS|
|APPROPRIATE PHONICS INSTRUCTION FOR KINDERGARTEN AND PRIMARY CHILDREN|
|TEACHING SCIENCE IN THE EARLY YEARS|
|DEVELOPMENTAL READING AND WRITING: THE EARLY YEARS|
|DEVELOPING A BALANCED LITERACY PROGRAM|
|HUMANITIES FOR CHILDREN|
|TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES: EARLY YEARS|
|SOCIOMORAL ENVIRONMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION|
|APPLICATION OF SELECTED THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN|
|TYPICAL AND ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT IN YOUNG CHILDREN|
|LANGUAGE AND LITERACY:UNDERSTANDING DEVELOPMENT|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||15|
- Minimum grade of C or better is required in each course for licensure.
- All coursework for the license must be current; transcript evaluation will occur with advisement and age of prior coursework.
- The preschool internship may be completed during the summer I session.
- Minimum credit hours will be completed after the advising session to determine which part of the Pre-K profession is most beneficial for additional licensing.
- For candidates employed full time in a teaching capacity, an individualized plan for completing the internship will be developed with the faculty advisor. This may include observations, partnering with a preschool teacher, and development of a portfolio to demonstrate competency for teaching in the preschool years.
Prior to program completion, the candidate must demonstrate proficiencies in the following areas (including but not limited to): Data literacy and analysis, use of research and assessment data, leadership and collaboration, utilizing and supporting appropriate technology for the discipline, and application of professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to their field of specialization.
Candidates seeking Ohio teaching endorsement are required to pass specific requirements in order to apply for an endorsement from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Students should consult the Early Childhood Education program for specific program requirements and refer to the Ohio Department of Education - Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to endorsement.
Students who do not apply for endorsement within 12 months of program completion may be subject to additional course requirement, based on standards in force at the time of application.