Admission Requirements: PreK-12 Reading Instruction Endorsement Graduate Certificate

August 08, 2022
August 22, 2022
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Admissions Requirements:

The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the undergraduate level leading to the bachelor degree. The applicant who possesses a master’s degree prior to admission must have a graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 in any graduate level work undertaken before admission. All calculations are based on a 4.0 scale.

In rare instances, candidates who graduated from a non-accredited college or university or who do not meet the minimum grade point averages requirement for admission may be admitted based upon an evaluation of evidence submitted by the candidate.


Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Applicant’s teaching license can be uploaded in the Slate application portal.

Notification: The program reviews the applicant’s materials and informs the applicant of its decision after completing the review.

Please note: Application materials will not be returned to the applicant.

Letters of Recommendation

Two to three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional abilities.  If possible, at least one letter should be from a faculty member in higher education. Those writing letters should explain who they are, their relationship to the applicant, and what they know of the applicant’s academic and professional abilities. The applicant should be prepared to provide the recommenders e-mail addresses in the electronic application. Since recommenders are not prompted to submit their letters until the electronic application has been submitted, and application fee paid, it is wise to encourage recommenders to prepare their letters in advance so that they can upload them immediately upon receipt of the prompt.

Goal Statement

A goal statement/cover letter should include the following:

A clear statement as to which endorsement strand (Pre K-12 Reading Instruction, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) the application is being made.  A statement of the applicant’s academic and professional goals (approximately two pages long). This writing sample will be used as one of the criteria for evaluating the application. The applicant should explain specifically what areas he/she would like to study so that an appropriate advisor may be assigned to the applicant if admitted into the program.


A resume relevant to academic and professional data. It should include the applicant’s name; address; phone; email; colleges attended with degrees, dates conferred, and grade point average; employment history; professional experience; present employer; and names of references.


Providing academic records during the application process: All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar’s signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission: Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail:

Graduate School University of Cincinnati

110 Van Wormer Hall

P.O. Box 210627

2614 McMicken Circle

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):

Graduate School University of Cincinnati

2614 McMicken Circle 110 Van Wormer Hall

Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

Transcripts can be sent through online systems such as Parchment or eScrip-Safe to the University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Office of Admissions. This is the preferred method. These transcripts must be official copies of the student’s record.

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.


International Students

International student applicants are required to provide specific information about their transcripts or degree programs to facilitate the applicant review process, including transcript translation and evaluation by a recognized translation/evaluation agency. For a list of translation/evaluation agencies accepted by the University of Cincinnati, please contact the International Students Services office:; 513-556-4278.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The following minimum scores must be obtained:

Internet-Based Test (iBT): 79-80  OR
Paper-Based Test (PBT):  550 AND a minimum score on the Test of Written English (TWE) of 5 AND a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE)

The TOEFL must have been taken within the two-year period preceding admission.  The University of Cincinnati maintains an International Student Services Office (ISSO), which serves international students attending the University. For questions regarding international student information, contact the International Student Services Office at (513) 556-4278.

Applicants who fall into one or more of the following categories are exempt from the TOEFL requirement:

  • Non-native English speakers who hold degrees or diplomas from postsecondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand).
  • Non-native English speakers who earned at least a 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam or at least a B on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) exam; and non-native English speakers who earned at least 62-63 on PTE.

The University of Cincinnati also accepts documentation of successful, recent completion of ELS Level 112 as evidence of English language proficiency. Such evidence may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL scores.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar’s signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

Successful applicants:

Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
Have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework*
Have basic familiarity with computers and the Internet
*International University credits must be converted to U.S. 4.0 grading scale

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