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A.S. in Early Childhood Education

“I love the fact that our students are going to have the opportunity to learn from real practitioners in the field of early childhood education.”

- Karen Dowling

 

Overview

The A.S. in Early Childhood Education program is to prepare adults to meet the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children from birth through age eight. Upon completion of the program, candidates will demonstrate the ability to assist educators, families, children, and organizations as a para-professional.

Mission and Objectives

Candidates will support others in:

  • Promoting child development and learning
  • Building family and community relationships
  • Observing, documenting, assessing, and supporting young children
  • Using developmentally effective approaches
  • Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
  • Demonstrating the knowledge, skills and dispositions of an early childhood professional

This program provides a fundamental basis for candidates desiring to continue their education at IWU to complete a bachelor's degree in this discipline. The courses contained in this associate program will satisfy 24 hours out of the 30 general education hours required at the bachelor level and will also apply toward the 120 hour degree requirement. In addition, those holding an A.S. in Early Childhood are eligible for an additional 15 credits to be satisfied in the major's Pre-Professional Block of courses.

Relevant and Convenient

  • Work with a cohort group that provides mutual support
  • Register only one time, no more waiting in line
  • Instructors combine academic credentials with professional expertise

 Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Program Credit Hours Tuition
AS Early Childhood Education 60 Total $283 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email NonResAid@indwes.edu.

 

Courses

Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

General Education Requirements

GEN-111,BIL-102,ENG-140,ENG-141,COM-115,PSY-150,MAT-118,PHY-101,FINA-180

Total 27 credit hours

Core Requirements for Major

ECED-101,ECED-105,ECED-125,ECED-130,ECED-135,ECED-120,ECED-225,ECED-230,ECED-235,ECED-240

Total for Core 33 credit hours

Total for A.S. Early Childhood Education 60 credit hours

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the AS in Early Childhood Education program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant’s fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, or reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

All applicants must have:

  1. Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  2. An approved criminal history check.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Completion of core requirements.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  3. A minimum of “C” must be achieved in ENG 140, ENG 141, ECED 101, ECED 120, ECED 105, ECED 125, ECED 130 and ECED 135 or their equivalent courses.
  4. Payment of all tuition and fees in order to receive a diploma.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Associate of Science with a major in Early Childhood Education degree program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    High School: Applicants who have fewer than 30 credit hours of college coursework or applicants who are applying to the certificate program are required to submit a copy of a standard high school diploma or transcript or GED scores for admission.

    College: Applicants who have more than 30 credit hours of college coursework are required to submit an official transcript from each undergraduate regionally accredited institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.

  3. TOEFL Scores

    A one-time, non-refundable $25 application fee is required. (Not required if paid with a previous IWU application.)

    Candidates who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A score of at least 6.0 is required.
  4. A criminal history background check(s) that meets School of Educational Leadership guidelines.

Prior Learning Assessment

Undergraduate students accepted to or enrolled in any of the CAPS associate or baccalaureate degree programs are eligible to complete Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Credit hours awarded may be counted toward general education, elective, or select core requirements as applicable to the undergraduate degree or as specified for approved graduate programs. Baccalaureate students may earn a maximum of 40 hours of credit through PLA. Associate degree students may earn a maximum of 18 hours through PLA. Undergraduate students may use PLA credit to accrue toward the 60 hours of credit required for admission to the bachelor’s core curriculum and/or to meet degree requirements while in the core and/or after the core has been completed.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Early Childhood Education Associate of Science program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.