Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs Endorsement

The Department of Teacher Education offers the Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs Endorsement (formerly the Early Education of the Handicapped Validation).

This endorsement can be added to an existing pre-kindergarten certificate, a special education certificate, or a intervention specialist or early childhood license and allows teachers to teach children ages 3-5 who have mild, moderate, to intensive needs.

The endorsement can be earned as part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program or added to an existing standard teaching certificate/license.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the literacy and reading program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked "Issued to Student" and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a master's degree do not need to submit GRE/MAT scores.
  5. Applicants must hold a valid teaching license.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For test administrations prior to October 2002, a scaled score of 490 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog.