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MS Elementary Teaching




The Master of Science (M.S) program with a major in Elementary Teaching is designed to provide an advanced degree in elementary teaching to teachers who were awarded Transition to Teaching Elementary Certificate within ten years and became practicing classroom teachers. Candidates will complete a 33-credit hour program by adding 18 hours of advanced preparation courses to 15 hours that may be transferred in from the TTT Elementary program coursework. The 18 credit hours are designed to provide participants with methods and materials to deepen their teaching ability and help their own students learn, including working with special needs children and accompanying law and policies, culturally responsive teaching, ethics and faith, and research and technology tools. They build on prior TTT coursework and teaching experience and align to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's advanced-level program standards. Course instruction is designed to model best practices and procedures in the classroom.

This program is open to any candidate who was awarded a Transition to Teaching Elementary Certificate within ten years and received an initial Elementary teaching license. In order to enter the degree program, candidates must have at least one year of successful teaching experience as a teacher of record; this may preclude some TTT Elementary completers from entering this degree program immediately. This program does not lead to additional subject area licensure. Prior to applying, an applicant is responsible for knowing whether or not this program will satisfy regulatory requirements for the state or country in which he or she may be seeking advanced standing.

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use research with an understanding of qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed methods research methodologies.

  2. 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.

  3. Apply advanced knowledge of student learning suitable for any student.

  4. Apply data literacy to develop or sustain supportive school environments.

  5. Apply self-reflection and data analysis to improve their own teaching.

  6. Demonstrate the ability to lead and participate in collaborative activities with others, such as peers, colleagues, teachers, administrators, community organizations, and parents.

  7. Apply technology appropriate for their field of specialization.

  8. Demonstrate cultural knowledge and culturally responsive teaching that promotes student and school success.

  9. Apply content knowledge and skills that the courses and other experiences of this advanced preparation emphasize.

  10. Integrate global philosophies into their own educational practices.


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.

Graduate-level education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Onsite Tuition Online Tuition
33 Total $470 / credit hour $470 / 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 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.

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.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below.





Applicants to any program within the School of Educational Leadership will be required to sign a disclosure of information waiver giving any prior institutions the applicant may have attended permission to supply IWU representatives all information relevant to the applicant's fitness for teacher training or licensure recommendation, including but not limited to his/her conduct, standing, or reputation while attending said institutions. Any information obtained may be considered by IWU in its decision whether or not to admit an applicant, to permit his or her continuance in a program, or to recommend him/her for licensure.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the M.S. program with a major in Elementary Teaching are as follows:

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

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Science with a major in Elementary Teaching, candidates must have completed the following:

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

Application Procedures 

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science with a major in Elementary Teaching program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

1. Application
Apply online at indwes.edu.

  1. Transcripts
    Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution and must be from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped student copy, issued to student, or unofficial cannot be accepted as official.

    College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools: For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a Course-by-Course Report from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades. Note: Additional third-party evaluators can be considered from an approved list and in some cases an internal international transcript evaluation can be done.

  2. Teaching License
    Candidates must submit a copy of their valid (but not necessarily current) teacher’s license or (state, national, or international) equivalent.



Materials should be mailed to:

Indiana Wesleyan University
Adult Enrollment Services
1900 W. 50th St.
Marion, IN 46953

Please contact your program representative if you have any questions.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the IWU Master of Education program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.