Educator Endorsements

Endorsement Programs

Uthink LogoHeidelberg University partners with UThink to offer online classes that lead to Educator Endorsements in Reading (K-12), TESOL-Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PK-12), and Early Childhood Generalist (4-5). UThink delivers high-quality training and education to teachers and entire school districts online all over the country. Courses are offered online in condensed 8-week sessions, as well as a summer term. 

Three endorsement programs are offered to educators holding a valid teaching license. The reading endorsement allows you to teach reading to all students at any grade level, including Title II programs. The TESOL endorsement allows you to teach in any ESL classroom in the state of Ohio. The Early Childhood Generalist endorsement allows you to expand a Pk-3 teaching license to grades 4 and 5.  Anyone may register for the courses as electives or towards licensure renewal, however only licensed teachers who meet the requirements may obtain the endorsement and add it to their license.

All endorsement courses are offered each semester, which enables beginning  endorsement coursework at any time of the year. Courses are offered in condensed 8-week sessions, as well as a shorter summer term. Students can register for one course, or in some cases two courses, each 8-week term. However, taking more than one course per term could prove to be challenging due to the work load and required field hours.

Reading Endorsement

Obtain a Reading Endorsement by completing four courses and passing the OAE Reading Subtests I and II (038/039). Courses are offered online, powered by UThink©, to teachers holding a valid teaching license and have completed at least 12 hours of reading pre-requisites.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Obtain a TESOL Endorsement by completing four courses and passing the OAE English to Speakers of Other Languages (1021) test. The courses prepare educators to teach TESOL to pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Coursework also prepares educators to meet state and professional standards. Courses are offered online, powered by UThink©, to teachers holding a valid teaching license. 

Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5)

Obtain an Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement by completing three courses and passing the OAE Elementary Education Subtests I and II (018/019). Courses are offered online, powered by UThink©, to teachers holding a valid teaching license in Early Childhood Education (PK-3). 

Admission and Registration Deadlines

Fall 2021 Term 1

August 18 - October 15

  • Registration opens: April 5
  • Registration closes: August 13
  • Classes begin: August 18
  • Payment deadline: August 18

Fall 2021 Term 2

October 18 - December 16

  • Registration closes: October 13
  • Classes begin: October 18
  • Payment deadline: October 18

Spring 2022 Term 1

January 10 - March 4

  • Registration opens: November 15
  • Registration closes: January 5
  • Classes begin: January 10
  • Payment deadline: January 10

Spring 2022 Term 2

March 14 - May 10

  • Registration closes: March 9
  • Classes begin: March 14
  • Payment deadline: March 14
Application Materials

Official transcripts must be issued directly to Heidelberg from the granting institution. Applicants for the reading endorsement need to submit all transcripts that show reading or literacy courses to review the 12-hours of state mandated pre-requisite courses, with at least one Bachelor's or Master's transcript being official. Any transfer courses must also be accompanied by an official transcript. If you will not graduate before the admission deadline, we will accept an unofficial copy and then submit a final/official upon degree completion.

A copy of your Teaching License can be emailed to grad-studies [at] or uploaded to your application.

Please note that registration will close on dates listed.

Enrollment Options
  • Enroll in the endorsement courses without completing the Master's degree as a graduate coursework only (non-degree) student for a discount.
  • Applicants already holding a Master’s degree may complete the sequence as a graduate coursework only (non-degree) student for a discount.
  • Take only the courses needed to renew a license or transfer to another university as a graduate coursework only (non-degree) student.
2020-2021 Cost
Endorsement Tuition Per Credit Hour Tuition Per Course

K-12 Reading



TESOL $382 $1146
4-5 Early Childhood $382 $1146

* Students enrolled in the K-12 Reading or TESOL Endorsements DO NOT receive a refund once they have registered and paid for their courses and classes have begun.

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Heidelberg is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements to accept students from all states, except for California. Non-Ohio teachers looking to add an endorsement to licensure should inquire with their state regulating official about coursework meeting state guidelines.