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Online Associate in Early Childhood Education


Overview of the Early Childhood Education Online Associate Program

 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, 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


Total 60 credit hours


*Field Experiences are required for the following courses: ECED-105, ECED-125, 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

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.
  • 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.

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of the core requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • A minimum of "C" must be achieved in ECED 101, ECED 120, ECED 105, ECED 125, ECED 130 and ECED 135 or their equivalent courses.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees in order to receive a diploma.

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.