Teachers in professional fields will soon have a new, flexible learning opportunity through the School of Education at Heidelberg University.
Through its graduate education program, Heidelberg has created a program which offers online classes leading to endorsement in K-12 reading.
The reading endorsement consists of four three-semester-hour graduate courses. All courses are offered online during the school year and in the traditional classroom in the summer. These courses may be completed as coursework-only, by non-degree students, used as electives in Heidelberg’s graduate education degree program or as additional coursework for those already holding a master’s degree.
The first eight-week classes are forming now and are scheduled to begin in March. Heidelberg will offer the first two online courses with two more scheduled for May and June. In theory, all four reading endorsement courses could be completed prior to the summer, said Dr. Robert Swanson, associate dean and director of the School of Education.
“We wanted to be as flexible as possible so that graduate students and teachers living outside of Tiffin would also have the opportunity to take these courses,” said Dr. Swanson.
After completing the K-12 reading endorsement coursework, students must a state-mandated examination. The endorsement allows teachers who hold an Ohio teaching license or certificate to teach reading to all students at any grade level, including Title II reading programs as compared to the undergraduate reading endorsement, which is limited to specified grade levels.
Heidelberg is partnering with UThink for instruction of the reading endorsement coursework. UThink is a unique online learning system that offers affordable graduate coursework and a delivery system specifically designed to provide convenient and flexible learning opportunities for educators.
“We are excited about the new partnership with UThink to augment our internal capabilities while providing a convenient, affordable pathway for teachers,” said Dr. David Weininger, vice president for Academic Affairs and provost at Heidelberg.
In addition to the reading endorsement coursework, Heidelberg has applied to offer Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages through UThink. Approval is pending with the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
The School of Education also is offering another endorsement: the addition of grades 4 and 5 to a current Early Childhood Education pre-K through grade 3 teaching license. Teachers with other licenses may take these courses for credit or licensure renewal but cannot add the 4/5 endorsement to their license.
This endorsement consists of five two-semester-hour graduate-level classes. Students may register for some or all of the classes at one time. These courses are offered in the summer.
For additional information about the new online courses or the 4/5 endorsement courses, contact the School of Education at 419-448-2125. Information also is available at UThink’s website, http://www.uthinkedu.com/, or Heidelberg’s website, http://www.heidelberg.edu/academiclife/depts/ed/mae/endorse.