Online Undergraduate Certificate
Early Childhood Teacher Training

Next Start

Online

7
Courses

12
Months

Overview of the Online Certificate in Early Childhood Education

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

Career Options

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TUITION

CREDIT HOURS
21 Total
TUITION
$395/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing iwuenroll@indwes.edu.

FINANCIAL AID

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.

COURSES

Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

7 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.

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REQUIREMENTS

Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Proof of standard high school diploma, GED certification, or country 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.

    • 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.

START DATES

The Early Childhood Teacher Training at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.

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.

*Effective 07-01-2022 through 06-30-2023