Online Degree Programs

Preschool Special Needs Endorsement Curriculum

This Endorsement (PSNE) may be added to:

    • Intervention Specialist teaching license (K-12 Mild/Moderate or K-12 Moderate/Intensive)
    • Special Education teaching certificate
    • PSNE also be added to PreK-Grade 3 or 5 Early Childhood teaching license
  Course Number
Course Title
Credit Hours
 SPED 5/72601 Family and Professional Relations 3
 CIEC 6/83202 Meaning and Development of Play Behavior 3
 CIEC 6/8750 Developmental and Classroom Assessment 3
 SPED 5/7010 Atypical Development 3
 SPED 6/8070 Curriculum Models/Intervention Strategies in Early Childhood Special Education 3
 SPED 5/7270 Team Models and Community Networking 3
 SPED 5/7280 Management of the Early Childhood Learning Environment 3
 SPED 5/7210 Augmentative/Alternative Communication for Young Children with Special Needs 3
 SPED 69403 PSNE Internship
Total Hours4

Contact the program advisor before registering for courses, as previous experiences may be considered.  This plan of study assumes students have had formal coursework related to working with families and special education law.

Candidate must pass the Early Childhood Special Education (#013) test area of the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) prior to receiving licensure.  See

1Required for students with an ECE (PreK to Grade 3) license
2Required for students with a K-12 Intervention 
3Specialist license You can make arrangements to complete the internship once you have completed coursework
4Students take either SPED 5260 or CIEC 6320


Students seeking an endorsement in Preschool Special Needs (PSNE) must hold a current Ohio teaching license in K-12 Intervention Specialist (mild/moderate or moderate/intensive) or Early Childhood Education (PK-3). If you add this endorsement, you can teach in a school district sponsored preschool special needs classroom or serve as an itinerant preschool teacher that serves young children with disabilities.

The PSNE endorsement is based on the competencies identified by the Ohio Department of Education. The Preschool Special Needs Endorsement provides teachers with the coursework and field experiences necessary to work effectively with preschool aged children with disabilities in a variety of settings.

Applicants may obtain a master’s degree in special education or early childhood education in conjunction with the endorsement requirements.


The University of Toledo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604. (800) 621-7440. The current list of individual program accreditations and endorsements can be found on the provost’s page.

The Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from fall 2016 to fall 2023. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

State Departments of Education set requirements for educator licensure and certification. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to The University of Toledo, Judith Herb College of Education online program for endorsement, initial educator certification, or licensure in their home state contact their home state’s Department of Education to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for those credentials. The website of The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification has a directory of state offices of certification.

interested persons should contact:
Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil
Department of Early Childhood, Physical, and Special Education

Online Admissions

course descriptions

SPED 5/7260- Family And Professional Relations In Special Education 
Effective parent and professional partnerships will be explored. Interpersonal communication skills, legal issues, effective models for home-school communication, and differences in culture, values and family expectations will be discussed. (3.000 Credit hours) 

CIEC 6/8320 - Meaning And Development Of Play Behavior
Theoretical bases of play behavior and its role in curriculum development/assessment. Students implement and evaluate a sociodramatic play kit and conduct library research on one aspect of play behavior. (3.000 Credit hours) 

CIEC 6/8750 - Developmental And Classroom Assessment
Focuses upon teaching and learning in a developmental learning environment. Emphases includes observing the developmental characteristics of young children and assessment for prescriptive teaching. (3.000 Credit hours)

SPED 5/7010 - Atypical Development In Early Childhood: Implications For Development
Factors that contribute to atypical development in early childhood, appropriate intervention models and implications of delay on young children's development. (3.000 Credit hours)

SPED 6/8070 - Curriculum Models And Intervention Strategies In Early Childhood Special Education
Atypical infant, toddler, and early childhood development will be examined. Specialized intervention techniques, their research and practice base and appropriate curriculum models will be explored. 20 clock hour practicum required. (3.000 Credit hours)

SPED 5/7270 - Team Models And Community Networking In Early Intervention
Theoretical and conceptual basis of instruction for students with mild disabilities. Analysis of a range of intervention models. (3.000 Credit hours)

SPED 5/7280 - Management Of The Learning Environment In Early Childhood Special Education
Aspects of quality environments, in the home and in early childhood centers for young children with special needs. Of particular interest is identifying characteristics of natural environments that promote positive child outcomes. (3.000 Credit hours) 

SPED 5/7210 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
This course will provide an overview of alternative or augmentative modes of communication for children who are unable to meet their daily communication needs through natural modes such as speech, gestures or handwriting. It will provide a broad overview of AAC and its application, along with the history and terminology. (3.000 Credit hours)

SPED 6940 - Internship/Externship In Special Education
Provides the advanced graduate student with supervised practicum experiences at an off-campus site; including schools, hospitals, agencies, rehabilitation clinics, work training sites and other community sites where persons with disabilities are served. (3.000 Credit hours)


Last Updated: 12/20/19