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. 

The 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 include grades 4 and 5.

Because all endorsement courses are offered each semester, you may begin endorsement programs at any time of the year. Courses are offered in condensed 8-week sessions, as well as a shorter summer term. Students may 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.

Reading Endorsement Course Sequence

  1. EDRE 552 - Foundations of Reading
  2. EDRE 553 - Teaching Reading in the Content
  3. EDRE 555 - Diagnosis of Reading Abilities
  4. EDRE 556 - Reading Intervention

To complete coursework in two semesters:

Semester 1

  • EDRE 552 in Term 1
  • EDRE 555 in Term 2

Semester 2

  • EDRE 553 in Term 1
  • EDRE 556 in Term 2
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 (012) test. The courses prepare educators to teach TESOL to pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. Courses are offered online, powered by UThink©, to teachers holding a valid teaching license. 

TESOL Endorsement Course Sequence

  1. EDTE 551 - Issues in TESOL and ELL Education
  2. EDTE 552 - Linguistics Principles and Application in TESOL Education
  3. EDTE 553 - Instructional Methods in TESOL
  4. EDTE 554 - Internship in TESOL-ELL Education

To complete coursework in two semesters:

Semester 1

  • EDRE 551 in Term 1
  • EDRE 553 in Term 2

Semester 2

  • EDRE 552 in Term 1
  • EDRE 554 in Term 2
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).

Early Childhood (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Course Sequence

  1. EDGE 551 - Middle Childhood Student Transitions and the Teaching Profession
  2. EDGE 552 - Middle Level Social Studies/ELA Content, Pedagogy & Assessment
  3. EDGE 553 - Middle Level Math/Science Content, Pedagogy & Assessment

To complete coursework in one semester:

Term 1

  • EDGE 551
  • EDGE 552

Term 2

  • EDGE 553
Admission and Registration Deadlines

Fall 2023 Term 1

August 21 - October 13

  • Registration opens: March 27
  • Registration closes: August 14
  • Payment deadline: August 14
  • Classes begin: August 21

Fall 2023 Term 2

October 16 - December 14

  • Registration closes: October 9
  • Payment deadline: October 9
  • Classes begin: October 16

Spring 2024 Term 1

January 10 - March 1

  • Registration opens: November 13
  • Registration closes: January 3
  • Payment deadline: January 3
  • Classes begin: January 10

Spring 2024 Term 2

March 11 - May 7

  • Registration closes: March 4
  • Payment deadline: March 4
  • Classes begin: March 11
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 for Admission purposes only. An official transcript will be required prior to program completion.

A copy of your Teaching License must be uploaded to your application.

Please note that registration will close on dates listed.

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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.