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Pre-Kindergarten Special Needs Endorsement

Teachers who already hold a K-12 intervention specialist or K-5 early childhood teaching license can apply for admission to this endorsement program. Upon completion of this program, students will be endorsed to teach children with special needs in pre-kindergarten settings.


ES SPED 5650 Introduction to Exceptional Children
ES SPED 5760 Educational Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
ES SPED 5761 Educational Intervention for Young Children with Disabilities
ES SPED 5742 Applied Behavior Analysis for Teachers
ES SPED 8189.10 Planned Field Experience – Special Education (G)
EDUTL 7348 Linguistic Diversity and Literacy: Varieties of English and Education (G)
HDFS 2410 Introduction to Child Development (U) OR HDFS 7765 Advanced Child Development (G)
SPHHRNG 5725 Language Acquisition OR EDUTL 5557 Language Competence of Children and Youth With Disabilities

U = Open only to undergraduate students
G = Open only to graduate students

Culminating Practicum

As a culminating experience, students will complete a behavior change project. Students must apply for the practicum during their next to last semester of their studies (contact Educational Studies Student Services at for the application). Once approved, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will supervise the practicum. Students must register for field experience credits (8189) while taking the practicum. The application and templates for the practicum are below.


Deadline to Apply: 
Spring Term - November 1st, Summer Term - March 1st, Autumn Term - April 1st
Program Start: 
Spring, Summer, and Autumn semesters
View the Curriculum Sheet


Educational Studies Student Services

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification and state licensing board contact information at