Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement: For ECED P-3 State of Ohio license holders wanting to take the endorsement at the Post-Undergraduate level

Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Grades 4-5) program: Back to main page

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Application Deadline:  April 15, 2022 (or until program reaches capacity)

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education (or up for May 2022 graduation)
  • Minimum cumulative 3.000 GPA
  • Official Transcript(s) - Submit transcripts from each college or university attended (other than Kent State) to Undergraduate Admissions
  • Goal statement (one-page statement, double-spaced, explaining why you are pursuing this program)
  • Two letters of recommendation (examples: faculty member, supervisor)
  •  Evidence of valid Early Childhood P-3 teaching license from the State of Ohio (or  up for May 2022 graduation)

There are 2 OPTIONS for admission to the Early Childhood 4/5 Generalist Endorsement Program. Please be aware that once you are admitted and registered, you cannot change your admission status.

OPTION 1: Apply to the Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation Program and take the courses at the 40000-level and pay undergraduate tuition rates. Coursework can NEVER apply to a master’s degree program. If you received your bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and have not attended any other institution since leaving KSU OR you are a Spring 2022 Block V student graduating in May 2022, you do NOT need to apply for admission to the University; you can simply complete an Application for Undergraduate Re-Enrollment form and follow the instructions under Admission Option 1. Please email Katie Kozak (kkozak2@kent.edu) your admission documents; she will tell you the next steps in the admission process.

OPTION 2: Apply to the Graduate Non-Degree Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation Program and take the courses at the 50000-level and pay graduate tuition rates. A limit of up to 12 hours could be transferred into a degree program, if approved.
Optional Additional Graduate Application - For those who want to submit a second graduate application and apply to the Master of Education in ECED or Curriculum & Instruction (Curriculum & Teaching Studies or MCED concentrations) and take advantage of potentially building in the 14 hours of graduate (50000 level) 4/5 endorsement coursework. Admission documents can be shared between the two applications. Please contact the Graduate Licensure Advisor, Erin Harwood (eharwood@kent.edu) for more information.


Admission Option 1: Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation Program Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree (40000-level)

Coursework is to be taken at the undergraduate level (40000 level) and subject to undergraduate tuition rates. Please be aware that coursework taken at the undergraduate level can never apply to a future master’s degree program.

To start the application process:

  • Go to the Kent State University APPLY webpage.
  • Under the “Show Admissions Guidelines” pull-down menu, select Post-Undergraduate, Non-Degree and Guest

For Kent State alum (bachelor's degree) who have not attended any other institution since graduation:

  • You are considered a “FORMER STUDENT”
  • Click on “REGISTER NOW” and complete the Application for Undergraduate Re-Enrollment 
  • Under Section V Educational Intention, select “Take classes for enrichment purposes (you will be reenrolled as a non-degree student)”
  • The application is processed by One Stop for Student Services within 48-72 hours. You will receive notification that you have been re-enrolled via email.
  • Email Katie Kozak in the Vacca Office (kkozak2@kent.edu) notifying her of your intention to enroll in the 2022 Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement Prep program at the Post-Undergraduate (40000-level).  She will then email you additional steps in the admission process.

For Kent State graduates (bachelor's degree) who have attended other higher education institutions since attending KSU:

  • You cannot complete the Application for Undergraduate Re-Enrollment and must apply for formal admission as a Post-Undergraduate student through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Please follow the same formal admission steps below as non-Kent State graduates.
  • The application fee is waived for Kent State graduates (please contact UG Admissions at 672-2444).

For non-Kent State graduates:

You must apply for Post-Undergraduate Admission through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Admission as a “Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree Seeking” student:

  • Click on “ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS” and review; hit the back arrow and click on “APPLY NOW”.
  • $50 app fee (waived for Kent State graduates - please contact UG Admissions at 330-672-2444).
  • Official transcripts required - send to UG Admissions - 161 Schwartz Center, Kent State University, PO Box 5190, Kent OH 44242 or email electronic transcripts to admissions@kent.edu

A Few Hints/Screenshots for completing the Post-Undergraduate Online Application:

(for those with non-Kent State degrees, and for Kent State degree holders that have attended another institution since graduation from Kent State)

  • Click on “ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS” and review; hit the back arrow to return and click on “APPLY NOW”
  • Select Term in which you plan to start coursework (MUST SELECT “SUMMER 2022” - this is a summer-only program)
  • You are now in the application portal. First-time users will need to create an account. The portal is where you complete your application; check the status of your application and materials; and view the admissions decision on your application, once available.

For additional screenshots of these steps, download the PDF version of this page.

Under “Initial Questions Undergraduate”, it will ask you a variety of questions to narrow your specific application request. Please use this screenshot as a guide to answer the prompts correctly. For “Previous Attendance at KSU”, answer according to your personal status.

Select No, No, I want to take a few courses, I have earned a bachelor's degree

Under “Academic Plan Non-Degree”, you will select the term you plan to begin prerequisite undergraduate coursework (MUST SELECT: “SUMMER 2022”), the campus you plan to attend (SELECT: “KENT”) and the Intended Program (SELECT: “Early Childhood Gen. (Grades 4-5) Endorsement Preparation-Non-Degree”)

After completing the remaining parts of the application, please sign and submit. You will need to request OFFICIAL transcripts from all institutions attended (other than Kent State). Please forward transcripts to:
    Undergraduate Admissions Office
    161 Schwartz Center
    Kent State University
    P.O. Box 5190
    Kent, OH 44242-0001
    (330) 672-2444
    Email (electronic transcripts): admissions@kent.edu

Please EMAIL your intent to pursue the Summer 2022 endorsement prep program AND forward your Goal Statement and TWO letters of recommendation to:
    Katie Kozak
    Vacca Office of Student Services
    College of Education, Health and Human Services
    304 White Hall
    (330) 672-0547