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A.S. in Early Childhood Education



SOEL_4602_15-Educator-Thank-You-Discount_Web-Slider-1.png 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

Indiana Wesleyan University’s A.S. in Early Childhood Education program is a sixty (60) credit hour undergraduate program emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of an early childhood educator working with children from birth through age eight. This program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Upon completion of the program, candidates should be able to:

  • Exhibit the School of Educational Leadership's professional dispositions by demonstrating moral decision-making, upholding ethical standards with all stakeholders, and reflecting Christ-like behavior as the foundation of work with families, young children, and communities.
  • Actively support child development and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all children in child care, classroom, home, and community settings.
  • Collaborate to establish safe, healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments, where young children have access to quality learning opportunities that inspire and set the stage for growth across the developmental domains.
  • Initiate and think professionally in a timely manner to support predetermined management policies and procedures; act professionally in regard to unforeseen management issues and concerns.
  • Assist to deliver developmentally appropriate content-rich purposeful curriculum emphasizing the integration of topics and disciplines; support the integration of academic standards and child development impacting contextual factors and individual/group interests, needs, and learning styles.
  • Exhibit the knowledge and understanding needed to support positive, respectful, and reciprocal relationship-based interactions as a foundation to support, empower, and engage young children and families.
  • Apply constructivist (Vygotsky) theoretical framework into practice throughout academic disciplines to support inquiry-based, play-based, open-ended, project-based, and problem-based learning experiences.
  • Participate in informed advocacy for young children, families, and the early childhood profession through multiple types of advocacy (citizen, issue-based, self, group, peer, statutory, family, and friend).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in executing a wide range of developmentally appropriate effective approaches, tools, resources, and strategies to meet the unique needs of all learners including technology, inquiry-based, project-based, problem-based, UDL, RTI, and differentiation practices.
  • Demonstrate skills in systematic and responsible assessment skills including observing, documenting, and analyzing to support early learning.
  • Practice servant leadership philosophy and principles in approach to clinical and service experiences by serving to put the needs of others first, sharing power, aspiring to lead after trust and relations are earned and built, and helping young children, families, and communities develop and perform as highly as possible.

This program provides a fundamental basis for students 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.

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


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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preperation, 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 $299 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

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 IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.



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 Elective Requirement - 3 credit hours

General Education Requirements


Total 57 credit hours


*Field Experiences are required for the following courses: ECED-105, ECED-130, ECED-135, ECED-225, ECED-230, ECED-235, ECED-240.

ENG-140, ENG-141, ECED-101, ECED-105, ECED-120, ECED-125, ECED-130, and ECED-135 must be passed with "C" or higher.




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

All applicants must have:

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification
  • Applicants who do not hold a valid license in the field of education will be required to submit a criminal history background check conducted at the applicant's expense. Admission to and/or progression in designated programs will be based upon criteria set in the School of Educational Leadership's Criminal History Background Check Admissions Policy.

Graduation Requirements

The AS in Early Childhood Program is a lock-step program. Students who are unable to complete an ECED course or who receive an unsatisfactory grade for their specific program will be allowed to repeat that course with another group of students if arrangements are made with the Registration Change Counselor and the School of Educational Leadership. Tuition and fees will be charged for repeating the course.

To graduate with an associate degree with a major in Early Childhood Education, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Completion of the 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 12 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.