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
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 8.
Mission and Objectives
The mission of the A.S. in Early Childhood Education program is to prepare adults to meet the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and a ective needs of children from birth through age 8. Upon completion of the program, candidates will demonstrate the ability to:
- Promote child development and learning.
- Build family and community relationships.
- Observe, document, assess, and support young children.
- Use developmentally effective approaches.
- Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions of an early childhood professional.
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
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition and Fees*
|Program||Credit Hours||Online Tuition|
|AS Early Childhood Education||60 Total||$283 / credit hour|
*Effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.
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.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
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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
Total 27 credit hours
Core Requirements for Major
Total for Core 33 credit hours
Total for A.S. Early Childhood Education 60 credit hours
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.
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 tness 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:
- Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
- An approved criminal history check.
To graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, the following requirements must be met:
- Completion of core requirements.
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- A minimum of "C" must be achieved in ENG-140, ENG-141, ECED-101, ECED-120, ECED-105, and ECED-210 or their equivalent courses.
- Payment of all tuition and fees
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.
Apply online at www.indwes.edu.
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.
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 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 credit hours and grades.
- TOEFL Scores
A one-time, non-refundable $25 application fee is required. (Not required if paid with a previous IWU application.)
Students 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). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular academic admission.
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 speci ed 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.
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.