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Educators in Toledo, northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan can choose to pursue one of two graduate certificate programs.

Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement Graduate Certificate Program for Educators

The certificate is offered in an online format at a reduced rate for educators. Enroll now to reserve your seat!

This endorsement will enable Early Childhood (Pre-K through Grade 3) licensed teachers to meet the requirements necessary to additionally teach Grades 4 and 5. The endorsement may only be added to an Early Childhood License.

Teachers successfully completing the coursework (9 credit hours) will be eligible to sit for the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Elementary Education Exam (018/019) with a score of 220 or better on each section.

Students must also complete a field experience which may include but is not limited to: summer camps, after school programs, summer school, tutoring, substitute teaching in grades 4 and 5.


EDU 675 Pedagogy and Development in Young Adolescence
EDU 676 Content and Pedagogy: Mathematics and Science in Grades 4 and 5
EDU 677 Concepts and Pedagogy: Social Studies and Language Arts in Grades 4 and 5

P-12 Reading Endorsement Graduate Certificate Program for Educators

Applications for the Lourdes Reading Endorsement are currently being accepted for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020. Spring classes begin the week of January 13, 2020, fall classes begin the week of August 24, 2020.

Reading Endorsement applications will be accepted until all seats are full. Apply early to secure your seat!

Designed for teachers wishing to help prepare students for state reading exams and to become better readers in general. The program fits the needs of those candidates wanting to enhance their skills as or to become a reading teacher able to teach all grade levels.

Preparing teachers to sit for the OAE exam, the endorsement is offered as a 15 credit hour standalone endorsement or it can be combined with the Master of Education degree. Once the reading endorsement is completed, and the OAE exam is passed, the endorsement may be added to the teacher’s license. The full master’s degree is only 18 additional credit hours to completion.

Courses for the Reading Endorsement
EDU 640 Literacy Foundations and Strategies
EDU 641 Phonics and Applied Word Study
EDU 642 Reading and Writing in the P-12 Classroom
EDU 643 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention
EDU 644 Practicum: Professionalism in Clinical Literacy Practice