Online Master of Science in Early Childhood Teaching

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Overview of the Online MS in Early Childhood Teaching Program

Turn your transition-to-teaching certificate into a master’s degree.

Children only get one childhood – and in their most formative years, they need someone like you to help them thrive. Our Master of Science in Early Childhood Teaching is designed to provide an advanced degree in early childhood teaching to teachers who were awarded a graduate-level Transition-to-Teaching (TTT) Early Childhood Education Certificate within the last ten years and became practicing classroom teachers. Upon graduating from this program, you will have cultivated methods and materials that deepen your teaching ability and help your own students learn.

Instruction builds on prior TTT coursework and teaching experience to model best practices and procedures in the classroom. This program builds in culturally responsive teaching, ethics and faith, and research and technology tools. IWU’s student-centric approach also provides:

  • 100% online courses with faith integration and reflection
  • Access to live and recorded interactive webinar discussions
  • 1:1 consulting and support for learning and integrating course material

Note: To enter the degree program, candidates must have at least one year of successful teaching experience; this may preclude recent completers from entering this degree program immediately. This program also does not lead to additional subject-area licensure.

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Demonstrate the ability to use research with an understanding of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies
  • Demonstrate ethical, Christ-like attitudes, values, and Biblical worldview that encompass professional dispositions, laws and policies, codes of ethics and professional standards appropriate to classroom teaching in their professional behaviors
  • Apply advanced knowledge of student learning suitable for any student
  • Apply data literacy to develop or sustain supportive school environments
  • Apply self-reflection and data analysis to improve their own teaching
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead and participate in collaborative activities with others, such as peers, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, and parents
  • Integrate global philosophies into their own educational practices

Career Options

  • P-12 Teacher (or rank advancement with a master's degree)
  • Childcare Administrator
  • Support Services Professional (Family & Early Childhood Initiatives)
  • Educational Service Agency Specialist in Early Childhood


18 Total
$499/ 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


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


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.

6 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. In addition to the core classes, 15 credit hours will be transferred in from your completed TTT certificate program.



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.

  • Successful awarding of a TTT Early Childhood Education Certificate within the last ten years.
  • Candidates need:
    • A valid (but not necessarily current) teacher’s license or (state, national, or international) equivalent.
    • At least one year of early childhood teaching experience as teacher of record with supporting documentation from a school administrator.
    • Supporting documentation demonstrating access to an early childhood classroom.

  • Successful completion of the M.S. curriculum.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


The MS Early Childhood Teaching 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.


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

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024