B.S. Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure Program



Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science Early Childhood Education non-licensure 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.

Although this program prepares candidates to work in various Early Childhood settings, it does not lead to recommendation for educator 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. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Observe, document, assess, and support young children. 
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum. 
  • Promote child development and learning. 
  • Build family and community relationships. 
  • Use developmentally effective approaches. 
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions of an early childhood professional.

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.


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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Program Credit Hours Online Tuition
BS Early Childhood Education-NLP 54 Total $392 / 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 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

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.

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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.

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

Pre-Professional Courses

Upon review and approval, an earned CDA (Child Development Associate) or Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education credential may count as PLA credit in place of the first 5 Early Childhood Pre-Professional courses.


Core Professional Courses


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.


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 (Non-Licensure Track)

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.
  • Proof of up-to-date TB test.
  • Most current vaccination record.
  • A signed Field Placement Requirement Notification 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 Criminal History Background Check Admissions Policy.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • 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. Applicants will also be required to adhere to any additional State Mandates required for educators. Though candidates will be required to submit an initial background check and other documentation that is acceptable to the university as part of their application materials, those successful submissions, will only serve to gain admittance to that academic program. All accepted candidates should understand, that at the candidate’s expense, additional background checks, proof of mandated trainings, and/or health related documentation will most likely be required before participating in clinical experiences.
  • 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.


Clinical Experience Requirements

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

  • Removal from any field experience may result in the candidate being permanently withdrawn from the program and being issued a failing grade.


Graduation Requirements

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

  • Completion of 120 credit hours.
  • Completion of the required prerequisite and core courses with a minimum grade of "C" and a minimum GPA of 2.75 in all core courses.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Completion of 30 hours of General Education Requirements as specified in the IWU Catalog.
  • Successfully pass the admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


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.

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.