Early Childhood Add-On Endorsement Course Series (Online)

Interested in developing the critical skills needed to teach early childhood? The School of Education and Human Development now offers an online course series leading to add-on endorsement in Early Childhood Education for Three-Year-Olds and Four-Year-Olds!

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Teachers who hold a professional elementary teaching license in Virginia (such as preK-3, preK-6, or special education early childhood) and complete this online course series will be eligible to add the Early Childhood Education for Three-Year-Olds and Four-Year-Olds add-on endorsement.

The Early Childhood Add-On Endorsement online course series is designed to equip licensed elementary teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the distinct learning needs of early childhood students. This course series will provide teachers with research-based strategies to support these students in the general curriculum setting.

Target knowledge and skills include:

  • Knowledge of the theories and processes affecting physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and brain development
  • Knowledge of major influences of early childhood development
  • Exploration of contextual contributors such as family, community, culture, childcare/school and policy and their role in shaping early experiences

Program Details

  • Admissions Criteria

    Students interested in taking courses in this series must fill out a Non-degree Student form at least a week before the start of the desired term; no application is needed.

    Students are encouraged to fill out the form early to ensure they secure a seat in their desired classes.

  • Requirements

    Students may take courses at their leisure. Once they have completed the requirements set forth by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), they may apply to the VDOE for the add-on endorsement. 

  • Funding Opportunities

    Discounted tuition is available for K-12 educators. See this page for more information.

    Tuition and Fees information.


  • Typical Length of Study

    Semester of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Full or Part Time: Part-time

    *Note: Students will work with an advisor to plan their individuals course of study. 

  • Course Overview

    Course Series:

    Courses launching soon!

    *Note: In addition to completing the coursework, students interested in applying for the add-on endorsement must complete a supervised practicum of at least 45 instructional hours in a preschool setting (three-year-olds and four-year-olds) in a public school, an accredited nonpublic school, or another program approved by the Virginia Board of Education. One year of successful, full-time teaching experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school may be accepted in lieu of the practicum. 

    Our current course offerings can be found in the Student Information System (SIS) or the School of Education and Human Development course database.

  • Adding the Endorsement

    Ready to add the VDOE endorsement to your teaching license? Review next steps here.

  • Public Professional Licensure Disclosures

    As a member of the State Authorizations Reciprocity Agreement, the University of Virginia (UVA) is authorized to provide curriculum in a distance learning environment to students located in all states in the United States except for California. (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

    Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education Endorsement program at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, graduates may be eligible for initial professional licensure in another U.S. state by applying to the licensing board or agency in that state. Please visit the University’s state authorization web pages to make an informed decision regarding which states’ educational requirements for initial licensure are met by this program. (668.43(a)(5) (v)(A) - (C))

    Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a state other than Virginia should update this information immediately in the Student Information System as it may impact their ability to complete internship, practicum, or clinical hours, use Title IV funds, or meet licensure or certification requirements in the new state. (34 CFR 668.402).

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.