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Accredited Online Coursework

The ND kindergarten endorsement certifies teachers to teach preschool and kindergarten in an accredited setting. A kindergarten endorsement is an attachment to an Elementary Education license and though originally designed for the re-education of teachers, VCSU encourages Elementary Education majors to consider this option if they have a desire to teach preschool or kindergarten.

Study Online

All coursework leading to the ND kindergarten endorsement is offered online through VCSU and can be completed in a single calendar year.

Practical Experience

In addition to the prescribed classes, students must also complete an 80 hour field experience in an approved preschool setting and a minimum of five weeks of student teaching.

Exception: ND allows individuals who have completed one year of teaching kindergarten or first grade as a substitute for student teaching in kindergarten.

Adding the Endorsement to a Teaching License

The courses completed within the endorsement are listed on the VCSU transcript, however the endorsement is not specifically listed like a major or a minor. Rather, the endorsement is added to a teaching license that is issued by the North Dakota Education Standards & Practices Board. To obtain the actual endorsement, students must apply to the ND ESPB after graduation. The VCSU curriculum is design to meet the requirements for the ND ESPB kindergarten endorsement. Endorsement and teacher licensure requirements vary by state.

Required Courses

Required CoursesCredits
EDUC 310 Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
EDUC 313 Language & Literacy in Early Childhood Education2
EDUC 337 Pre-K Observation and Assessment3
EDUC 435 Kindergarten Education & Curriculum4
EDUC 485 Student Teaching -or- One year of K-1 experience5