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B.S. in Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure Program

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Overview

Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure Track) program is an undergraduate lock-step program emphasizing the knowledge, skills and dispositions of an early childhood educator. This program also includes a minor in Reading. The B.S. in Early Childhood Education program prepares 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 abilities and responsibilities associated with leadership in the early childhood profession; working with children, families, communities, and organizations by:

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

Although this program prepares candidates to work in various Early Childhood settings, it does not lead to recommendation for licensure. Candidates will participate in multiple field experiences throughout this program. Field experiences occur in a variety of early learning environments and include increasingly interactive experiences in serving learning, volunteering, and teaching. Through field experiences, candidates gain real-world experience working with children, families, and communities. Candidates are required to meet state and university policies including criminal background checks and health and safety trainings and screenings prior to field experience approval.

NOTE: Candidates residing outside of Indiana must still comply to Indiana regulations and policy, including criminal background checks and health and safety trainings and screenings prior to field experience approval.

Indiana Wesleyan University

Founded in 1920, Indiana Wesleyan University is a comprehensive, Christian university committed to liberal arts and professional education. Over 10,000 students are enrolled in classes throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and online.

IWU’s innovative Adult and Graduate programs are offered at our 16 regional Education Centers. Each Education Center houses state-of-the-art classrooms, library resources, study rooms, computer labs, and conference rooms. Programs are also available at a number of convenient learning sites located throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Since 1997, most of these programs have been available online, making quality education accessible throughout the United States and around the world.

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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preperation, 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Not all programs are offered at all locations and some may only be available online.

Off-Campus Library Services

Library instruction is provided to students at the start of their program at IWU. Reference and document delivery services give students access to all collections of the Jackson Library on the IWU residential campus, as well as Instructional Resource Center services, Interlibrary Loan services, and many e-books and online journals. For more information, see indwes.edu/ocls.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Program Credit Hours Online Tuition
BS Early Childhood Education-NLP 39 Total $384 / credit hour

*Effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

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 or ebooks 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.

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Courses

Prerequisites - Candidates may be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education (BS) Track program of study, but must complete the following courses prior to starting the core 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.

Pre-Professional Courses

ECED-101,ECED-105,ECED-125,ECED-130,ECED-135

Core Professional Courses

ECED-305,ECED-301,ECED-302,ECED-303,ECED-304,ECED-322,ECED-325,ECED-332,ECED-331,ECED-401,ECED-405,ECED-411,ECED-422

Minor in Reading Courses

The minor in Reading is comprised of five previously completed prerequisites (ECED-135) and core (ECED 303, ECED 325, ECED 331, and 332) courses.

  1. ECED-135 Emergent Literacy
  2. ECED-303 Literature Focused Preschool Environments
  3. ECED-325 Foundations of Reading and Language Structure
  4. ECED-331 Literacy in the Primary Grades
  5. ECED-332 Instructional Tools for the Teaching of Reading

The BS-Early Childhood Non-Licensure 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.

Note: In compliance with accreditation requirements, candidates will be placed in various educational settings which will prohibit the completion of all clinical experiences within the same school.

Note: Field experiences are required for several courses in this program. However, a student teaching experience is not included in this non-licensure track.

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. in Early Childhood Education Non-Lisensure 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 to the non-licensure track must have:

  1. Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  2. Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at regionally accredited colleges or universities or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  3. 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 wil be based upon criteria set in the SoEL Criminal History Background Check Admissions Policy.
  4. Prior completion of at least 48 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education is required before the candidate is eligible to start a bachelor core program. A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 48.

NOTE: Applicants should be aware that Indiana State Legislation has mandated that expanded background checks are required for those working with students in Indiana schools. Though candidates will be required to submit an initial background check that is acceptable to the university as a part of their application materials that successful background report will only serve to gain admittance to that academic program. School corporations are governed by a locally elected Board of School Trustees who set policy for their school corporation. All accepted students should understand that additional background checks will most likely be required by school corporations before participating in clinical experiences.

Practicum

Candidates will participate in multiple field experiences throughout this program. Field experiences occur in a variety of early learning environments and include increasingly interactive experiences in serving learning, volunteering, and teaching. Through field experiences, candidates gain real-world experience working with children, families, and communities. Candidates are required to meet state and university policies including criminal background checks and health and safety trainings and screenings prior to field experience approval.

NOTE: Candidates residing outside of Indiana must still comply to Indiana regulations and policy, including criminal background checks and health and safety trainings and screenings prior to field experience approval.

Graduation Requirements

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

  1. Successful completion of the 120 credit hour curriculum associated with the content area for which they are seeking licensure.

  2. Completion of the required core courses with a minimum grade of “B-” and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all core courses and a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 or higher.

  3. Completion of 30 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education Requirements).

  4. Successfully pass the admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.

  5. Successfully pass all Key Assessments.

  6. Successfully pass all Professional Dispositions.

  7. Successfully pass all Clinical Experience requirements required.

Minimum Computer Requirements

Students are expected to possess a computer throughout the duration of their program. Student computers must be able to run a supported browser and handle additional plug-ins as identified by the Learning Management System (LMS) company. Students should be able to produce, send, and receive documents that are compatible within the two most recent offerings of Microsoft Office to complete most of the assignments. IWU will offer support to students on only these two offerings of office software. Computer and Internet connection may need to be fast enough in some courses to watch streaming videos, participate in live meetings, upload large files, install software, and listen to audio lectures. In addition to these minimum expectations, participation in a CAPS course or program may entail additional computing and/or technology requirements.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application

    Apply online at www.indwes.edu.

  2. Transcripts

    College: Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. 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

    Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see  www.toefl.org.

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 Bachelor of Science program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.