Grades 4 and 5 are pivotal moments in a child’s education; a time of change and maturation as they move towards adolescence. Adult learners like you in the Early Childhood Generalist 4 & 5 Endorsement program will come to understand the cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional changes that take place during these years. You will engage in exploring hands-on pedagogical strategies and activities that they can use to create a need-to-know environment that encourages inquiry, creativity and inventiveness.
The 9-credit Early Childhood Generalist 4 & 5 Endorsement program consists of 3 classes that prepare professionally licensed PK-3 teachers to earn a 4th & 5th grade endorsement in the content areas of Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies. The classes are designed for practicing licensed professionals and are offered in a variety of formats.
This 9-credit program can be completed in 1 semester.
To qualify for the Generalist Endorsement to the Early Childhood license, candidates must hold a teaching license in Early Childhood Education and have completed their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Content areas are a prerequisite. In addition, candidates must complete 9 semester credits:
- Development and Learning in Grades 4 & 5
- Integrated Language Arts and Social Studies Instruction for the 4/5 Classroom
- Integrated Math and Science Methods for Grades 4 and 5
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUM catalog.
Candidates who complete the early childhood generalist add an additional credential to the initial early childhood licensure (pre-kindergarten to grade 3), thus being qualified to teach pre-kindergarten to grade 5.
- Teachers understand student learning and development and respect the diversity of the students they teach.
- Teachers know and understand the content area for which they have instructional responsibility.
- Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning.
- Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
- Teachers create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.
- Teachers collaborate and communicate with students, parents, other educators, administrators and the community to support student learning.
- Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.