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B.S. in Early Childhood Education

“Our faculty care not just for the student in the classroom but for the whole person.”

- Sally Ingels

 

Overview

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Bachelor of Science with a major in Early Childhood Education program is a 120 credit hour undergraduate lock-step program emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of an early childhood educator working with children from birth through age eight. This program includes a minor in Reading. Candidates who choose to complete the licensure track of the program will complete a 16-week full-time, clinical experience in a P-3 school setting. These Licensure Track candidates will be prepared to apply for an early childhood, P-3 initial teaching license in the state of Indiana. For licensure, passing scores on the state required exam(s) are required.

This program prepares the candidate to work in various early childhood settings.

Mission and Objectives

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

Relevant and Convenient

  • Complete your program in approximately 24 months
  • Work with a cohort group that provides mutual support
  • Register only one time, no more waiting in line
  • Enjoy online courses and practical, hands-on learning through required field experiences
  • Learn from highly qualified practitioner-faculty

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 National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 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 51 Total $375 / 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 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

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,ECED-430

Minor in Reading Courses

*Field Experiences are required within this course.

**Student Teaching requires on-site workshops at the beginning, midway, and conclusion of the course.

The reading minor is comprised of one pre-professional course ECED-135 and the following courses embedded in the Core: ECED-303, ECED-325, ECED-332, ECED-330.

Note: Candidates should be aware that this program requires the successful completion of field experiences throughout the program. In compliance with accreditation requirements, candidates will be placed in various educational settings which prohibits the completion of all clinical experiences within the same school.

Requirements

Below are the lists of requirements for the B.S. 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

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 fitness 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.

The admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education are as follows:

  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. A criminal history check that meets the guidelines established by the School of Educational Leadership.

  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.

  5. Evidence of passing scores for the state basic skills proficiency exam (i.e., Pearson CASA in Indiana).

  6. A personal and professional Candidate Disposition Admission assessment.

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.

Clinical Experience Requirements

All candidates must successfully complete sixteen weeks of full-time student teaching in a P-3 generalist setting.

Candidates will also 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: 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.

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 associated with their program.
  8. Provide state approved criminal history check(s) (required for field experience placements, student teaching and licensure).
  9. Provide passing scores for all required state licensure content and pedagogy examinations.
  10. Provide evidence of all state licensure requirements.

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, complete each of the following steps. For more information, 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.