Transition to Teaching Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate

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Children only get one childhood – and in their most formative years, they need someone like you to help them thrive.

Through the Transition to Teaching (TTT) Early Childhood Education program, you’ll build on your bachelor’s degree and learn to support the healthy development of young children (birth – 3rd grade). Indiana Wesleyan University’s program offers:

  • 100% online coursework
  • Real-world, hands-on field experiences
  • Accelerated track to Indiana licensure in early childhood education

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Create safe, healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.
  • Design developmentally appropriate, content-rich, and purposeful curriculum.
  • Facilitate positive, respectful, and reciprocal relationship-based interactions as a foundation to support, empower, and engage young children and families.

Career Options

  • Indiana Licensed Teacher (P-Grade 3)
  • Childcare Center Administrator
  • Support Services Professional (Family & Early Childhood Initiatives)


24 Total
$480/ 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.

8 Core Courses

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



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.

  • Earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree 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) with one of the following:
    • Baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale; or
    • Both a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 2.50 on a 4.0 point scale, and five (5) years of professional experience in an education related field; or
    • Both a baccalaureate degree and proof of passing Indiana's approved content area examination(s) in the subject area that the individual intends to teach.
  • Proof of up-to-date TB test.
  • Most current vaccination record.
  • A signed Field Placement Requirement Notification form.
  • A criminal history background check that meets School of Educational Leadership guidelines.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.

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 Early Childhood educators. Though candidates will be required to submit an initial background check that is acceptable to the university as a part of their application materials, that successful background report will only serve to gain admittance to that academic program. School corporations are governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who set policy for their school corporation. All accepted candidates should understand that additional background checks at the candidate’s expense will most likely be required by school corporations before participating in clinical experiences.

  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.

Program Requirements
  • All Transition to Teaching Early Childhood Education candidates will be required to provide passing scores for Indiana's approved content area examination(s) based on the following schedule, or will be administratively withdrawn from the program:
    • If scheduled for student teaching in September, testing is due the preceding April 1st.
    • If scheduled for student teaching in January, testing is due the preceding September 1st.
  • The Transition to Teaching-Early Childhood Education Certificate is a lock-step program. Candidates who are unable to complete a course or who receive an unsatisfactory grade will repeat that course before moving on in their program. Tuition and fees will be charged for repeating the course.
Clinical Experience Requirements
  • All candidates must complete P-3 field experience throughout the program as well as a 14-week full time student teaching experience in a Preschool, if NAEYC accredited, or K-3 classroom.
  • All coursework prior to student teaching must be completed with a minimum grade of no less than "B-" in each course to be eligible to student teach.
  • All clinical placements will be made by the Office of Clinical Experiences unless otherwise outlined in course curriculum. Candidates are not to contact any school or attempt to secure their own student teaching assignment at any time.
  • Removal from a clinical experience may result in the candidate not passing the course and/or being permanently withdrawn from the program.
Completion Requirements
  • Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-."
  • Successfully complete all Clinical Experience requirements associated with the program.
  • Provide passing scores for all state required licensure content and pedagogy examinations.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.

Upon completion of the Transition to Teaching-Early Childhood Education Program, candidates will be recommended for P-3 Educator Licensure in the state of Indiana. Candidates seeking licensure in states other than Indiana bear the responsibility to determine whether completion of the IWU Transition to Teaching Early Childhood Education program will meet the academic and assessment requirements of the state in which licensure is sought. 


The Certificate in Transition to Teaching - Early Childhood Education 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

Education programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th Street, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-223-0077.

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