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Elementary Teacher Training Certificate


Overview of the Elementary Teacher Training Certificate

The Elementary Teacher Training certificate is structured to prepare candidates to apply subject matter expertise, assessment knowledge, and differentiated instructional practices to elementary learning environments. The curriculum emphasizes the major theories and concepts related to learning processes, child development, literacy development, and classroom management.

This program is open to candidates from all states and countries, and is not tied to state licensure. Candidates could include parents, Sunday school or classroom teachers, education event planners, or other professionals in many settings: hospitals, childcare homes, international schools, ACSI schools both stateside and overseas, and private schools.



Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Describe professional, moral and ethical behaviors and dispositions grounded in related biblical principles.
  • Demonstrate research-based knowledge of how and when elementary children learn, addressing developmental and motivational stages as well as factors that affect learning for students with exceptionalities, diverse backgrounds, language differences, and learning differences.
  • Implement a variety of assessments to determine elementary student needs that inform instruction.
  • Design a safe, culturally responsive, and literacy-rich learning environment using sound classroom management strategies and high standards for all elementary learners.
  • Develop a variety of differentiated instructional strategies that consider the diverse needs of all elementary students.



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
22 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 Elementary 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.

Completion Requirements

  • Completion of the 22 credit hours with a grade of "C" or higher in each course.

  • Payment of all tuition and fees.

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 Elementary Teacher Training. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.