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Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher Training

“We’re not just interested in helping people find a better job. We want them to find a cause they believe in.”

- Dr. David Wright, President



Change the world one child at a time!

Young children and their families need teachers and leaders who are a source of hope, support and connection. If that sounds like a job description for you, IWU can help you gain a solid foundation to start your career in early childhood education. This teacher training certificate is designed to give you practical knowledge and experience for working with children from birth through age eight.

Demand is growing for educated, dedicated people working in this field. This certificate is ideal for students who want to start their career or better equip themselves for the job they already have in a childcare or a preschool environment. With multiple service learning opportunities, you’ll get hands-on experience with child development, parental support, community involvement, classroom management and more. Children only get one childhood; you can help provide the best one possible.

  • Flexible online learning format with the working adult in mind
  • Includes field experiences and interaction with current professionals in the field
  • Courses can be applied toward the Associate or Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education programs at IWU
  • Courses are 6 weeks long, taken one course at a time
  • Complete the certificate program in one year or less

You'll Learn To

  • Build practical knowledge needed for supporting child development
  • Create safe, effective and supportive learning environments
  • Develop positive, collaborative relationships that support and engage children and families
  • Design a content-rich curriculum for students that is developmentally appropriate
  • Integrate your faith in the coursework and your current or future classroom


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

Credit Hours Tuition
21 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 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 with specialization courses. 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. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.


Required Courses



Below are the lists of requirements for the Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher Training. 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 standard high school diploma, GED certification, or vetted international secondary equivalent.
  • US based Candidates (requirements for international candidates will be evaluated on an individual basis):
    • 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. 
    • 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.

Completion Requirements

  • Completion of the 21 credit hours with a grade of "C" or higher in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

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 Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher Training. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.