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B.S. Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure Program

 

Overview

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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 by:

  • Promoting child development and learning

  • Observing, documenting, assessing, and supporting young children

  • Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum

  • 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 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.

Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church that is committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU—Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus in Marion, Ind.; IWU-National & Global, which includes more than 9,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or onsite at 14 education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; and Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers. IWU’s DeVoe School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Educational Leadership, the School of Service and Leadership, and the Division of Liberal Arts are all housed within the National and Global campus. More information is available at www.indwes.edu.

Not all programs are offered at all Education Centers. Some programs may only be offered online.

Accreditation

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.

Undergraduate education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

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 54 Total $392 / 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 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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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

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

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. Completion of the 120 credit hours.

  2.  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.

  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.

  4. Completion of 30 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education

    Requirements).

  5. Successfully pass the admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateway

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
  1. Completion of the 120 credit hours.

  2. 2. 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.

  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.

  4. Completion of 30 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education

    Requirements).

  5. Successfully pass the admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateway

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.


STACKABLE PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT: Child Development Associate (CDA) Credentials - Undergraduate students who have earned the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and provide the required documentation are eligible to receive PLA toward the Pre-Professional Courses (15 Credit Hours). For more information, contact pla@indwes.edu.


STACKABLE DEGREE OPPORTUNITY: Associate of Science in Early Childhood - Undergraduate students who have been awarded an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education from an accredited institution and provide the required documentation are eligible to receive credit toward the Pre-Professional courses (15 hours). For more information, work closely with your Academic Advisor and Enrollment Specialist.

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.