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Online Bachelor - Early Childhood Education


Overview of the Early Childhood Education Online Bachelor Program

Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science with a major in Early Childhood Education licensure program is a 120 credit hour 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

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education takes approximately 24-36 months to complete. The program prepares the candidates to work in various early childhood settings and recommends the candidates for an Early Childhood P-3, initial teaching license in the state of Indiana. This online program has practical, hands-on learning through required field experiences taught by highly qualified practitioner-faculty.

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.

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.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees*

Program Credit Hours Online Tuition
BS Early Childhood Education 66 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

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 IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.

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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.

Licensure Requirements

  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Meet basic skills competencies required by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • 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 regionally accredited colleges or universities or an institution accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
  • Prior completion of at least 48 transferable credit hours 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.


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 clinical experience placements will be coordinated through the Office of Clinical Experiences.


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.

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

  • Successful completion of the 120 credit hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a minimum grade of C and a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 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.


NOTE: 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.

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.