Online Associate in Early Childhood Education


Overview of the Early Childhood Education Online Associate Program

Do you feel called to work with young children, helping to provide a safe space for them to learn and grow?

The online Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education program at Indiana Wesleyan University prepares you to assist in childcare environments for children from birth through age eight (or third grade). You’ll gain an understanding of child growth and development, learning the best ways to foster children’s physical, emotional and social development. You’ll learn from highly qualified instructors with in-classroom experience who offer students individualized attention and guidance from faculty.

If you have already completed your Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and plan to continue your career path in early childhood education, you’ll be one step ahead at IWU. Those who have earned their CDA credentials can waive the first five classes in the A.S. Early Childhood Education program.

  • Fully online learning format offers you flexibility in your schedule
  • Program offers service learning experiences in the field with communities and families
  • Graduates are prepared for a variety of education environments, from daycare centers to hospitals and family resource centers
  • Transition smoothly into the B.S. Early Childhood Education program



  • Support developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children in multiple settings, including child care, classroom, home, and more
  • Execute a wide range of approaches, tools, resources, and strategies to meet learners’ needs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamics of diverse families and communities
  • Apply theoretical frameworks to early childhood education practice
  • Integrate your faith into your profession and learning


Career Opportunities

  • Childcare Worker
  • Preschool Teacher Assistant
  • Daycare Assistant
  • Home-Based Service Provider
  • Family Support Specialist



Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Program Credit Hours Tuition
AS Early Childhood Education 60 Total $299 / credit hour

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



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.