Undergraduate licensure, certificate and endorsement information

Use the links below to explore the licensure, certificate and endorsement options available to undergraduate students in the Department of Teacher Education:

Certificates
Endorsements

Certificates

Catholic education

The Department of Teacher Education offers the undergraduate Catholic education certificate, which is an interdisciplinary program designed for University of Dayton students enrolled in any major. The program includes courses in the departments of Teacher Education and Religious Studies, and prepares students with historical, cultural, catechetical and spiritual background that is particularly relevant for students interested in teaching in Catholic schools or pursuing parish ministry. Embedded within the program are opportunities for preservice teacher education students to develop competencies and dispositions that are considered desirable by Catholic school administrators, while for others it may provide experience that may help the student to discern a call to a career in Catholic education or in another ecclesial area. It should be noted that the certificate alone does not meet the requirements for teacher licensure in the state of Ohio.

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Early Childhood Intervention Specialist

The Department of Teacher Education offers the early childhood intervention specialist (ECIS) certificate program. This certificate, granted through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, is valid for servicing infants and toddlers, ages birth through two, who have an identified developmental delay or who are at risk for developing such a delay. The young child is served within the context of family. Students enrolled in an ECE program may complete the coursework for the ECIS certificate as a focus area for their undergraduate degree.

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Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy

The Department of Teacher Education offers the early childhood leadership and advocacy (ECLA) certificate program. This certificate provides knowledge and skills required of program administrators, supervisors, teacher leaders and advocates for effective leadership and advocacy in a variety of early childhood settings. Students enrolled in an ECE license program may complete the coursework for the ECLA certificate as a focus area for their undergraduate degree.

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Urban Teacher Academy Certificate 

The Department of Teacher Education offers the Urban Teacher Academy Certificate program. This certificate is a specialized program for pre-service teachers who have an interest in urban teaching. Students are traditional undergraduate students who have indicated that they want to work with high-poverty and high-needs student populations. The program identifies pre-service teachers most likely to succeed in an urban school district, provides them specialized training, and pairs them with successful mentor teachers who can help them cope with the challenges of teaching in today's urban classroom.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The Department of Teacher Education offers the undergraduate certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) program. This program is an interdisciplinary program, drawing from courses in the departments of Teacher Education, English and Global Languages and Cultures. The program is designed for current University of Dayton students enrolled in any major. It prepares students to teach English as an additional language in postsecondary schools, adult education settings and private language institutes in the United States and abroad. It can also provide opportunities for preservice teacher education students to develop competence in working with English-language learners in their grade level and content area classrooms. It should be noted that the certificate alone does not meet the requirements for the TESOL endorsement from the state of Ohio; however, the certificate coursework will apply toward the TESOL endorsement program, which is offered at the post-baccalaureate level.

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Endorsements

Early Childhood Generalist

The Department of Teacher Education offers the early childhood generalist endorsement program. The endorsement will allow teachers in self-contained fourth and fifth grade classrooms to teach the subjects of mathematics, science and social studies. Students enrolled in an ECE program may complete the coursework for the early childhood generalist endorsement as a focus area for their undergraduate degree. In order for the University of Dayton to approve the state of Ohio endorsement application, applicants must have on file in the SEHS dean's office passing scores on the state of Ohio licensure tests. 

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Prekindergarten Special Needs

The Department of Teacher Education offers the prekindergarten special needs endorsement program. This endorsement can be added to an intervention specialist or early childhood education license and allows teachers to teach children ages three to five who have mild or moderate to intensive needs. Students enrolled in an early childhood education program may complete the coursework for the prekindergarten special needs endorsement as a focus area for their undergraduate degree. In order for the University of Dayton to approve the state of Ohio endorsement application, candidates must have on file in the SEHS dean's office passing scores on the state of Ohio licensure tests.

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Middle Childhood Generalist

The Department of Teacher Education offers the middle childhood generalist endorsement program. This endorsement can be added to any existing MCE license for any combination of the four areas of concentration. The generalist endorsement will allow teachers to teach grades four to six only. In order for the University of Dayton to approve the state of Ohio endorsement application, candidates must have on file in the SEHS dean's office passing scores on the state of Ohio licensure tests.

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