Online Bachelor - Early Childhood Education


Overview of the Early Childhood Education Online Bachelor Program

Bring light into the lives of children and their families. IWU’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education prepares you to support and connect with children in their early years of learning and development. Early childhood education has been consistently associated with positive outcomes for students, making it a high priority for education systems and state leaders. That means demand for early childhood educators is growing, leading to more opportunities for you to change or advance your career.

With multiple field experiences throughout the program, you’ll have opportunities to practice and develop your skills before graduation. You’ll also be guided by caring, dedicated professors who bring their own unique expertise to the program. Learn how to provide parental support, engage your community, manage your classroom, and help children develop so they can have the best possible childhood.

  • Fully online learning format with no set login times
  • Field experiences in various childhood settings
  • Graduates are prepared for a variety of jobs and work environments
  • Complete your bachelor’s in a little more than two years



  • Advocate for the developmental needs of young children
  • Create challenging and supportive research-based learning environments
  • Evaluate and use multiple assessment tools and approaches
  • Demonstrate your competencies in communication, critical thinking, human interaction, teacher leadership and professionalism
  • Integrate your faith into your profession and learning



  • Preschool Teacher
  • Childcare Center Director
  • Family Support Specialist
  • K-3 Elementary Teacher (Licensure Track Only)
  • Home-Based Service Provider



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

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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Program Credit Hours Online Tuition
BS Early Childhood Education 66 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

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

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

Pre-Professional Courses


Core Professional Courses


Minor in Reading Courses

The minor in Reading is comprised of five previously completed prerequisite (ECED-135) and core (ECED-303, ECED-325, ECED-331, ECED-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 Program (Licensure) is a lock-step program. Students who are unable to complete a 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.


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

  • 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 SoEL 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. 


Student Teaching and Clinical Experience Requirements

  • All candidates must complete 14 weeks of full-time student teaching in a P-3 setting.

  • All core course work prior to the required 14-week student teaching must be completed with a minimum grade of no less than "C" in each core course to be eligible to student teach.

  • All placements for student teaching will be made by the Office of Clinical Experiences. Candidates are not to contact any school or attempt to secure their own student teaching assignment at any time.

  • Removal from a student teaching experience, and/or field experience, may result in the candidate being permanently withdrawn from the program. A grade of "No Credit" will be issued for the student teaching course and a failing grade will be issued for field experience courses.


 Additional Requirements

  • All BS Early Childhood Education students will be required to provide passing scores of the state's licensing content test(s) by the end of ECED-405 or will be administratively withdrawn from the program.
  • The BS-Early Childhood 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.
  • Upon completion of the BS Early Childhood Education Licensure Program, candidates will be recommended for P-3 Educator Licensure in the state of Indiana. Candidates seeking licensure in states other than Indiana must first obtain their Indiana educator license and then seek licensure, in their state of choice, through possible reciprocity agreements.


NOTE: 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 training and screenings prior to field experience approval.

NOTE: 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.

Graduation Requirements

  • 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.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 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.


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.