Next Start |

Find Your Way Forward

Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher Training

At Indiana Wesleyan University, we’re proud to offer an innovative Early Childhood Teacher Training undergraduate program designed for aspiring educators. This fully online program consists of seven meticulously curated courses, allowing you to embark on a comprehensive 12-month journey toward becoming an early childhood education expert. These courses are ideal for the early childhood education student eager for hands-on experience to learn how to provide the best childhood experience possible for any child.

Whether you’re looking to start your teaching career or enhance your educational qualifications, our program provides flexibility, support, and in-depth knowledge you need to succeed in the ever-evolving world of early childhood education.

Why Pursue My Early Childhood Teacher Training Certificate at IWU?

Our online Early Childhood Teacher Training program at Indiana Wesleyan University is specifically designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in early childhood education. Tuition rates are locked in on your start date, so you never have to worry about tuition increases while you study through IWU. Over the course of 12 months, you will dive into the understanding of childhood development, exploring the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional growth of children from birth through the primary years. Our expert, Christian faculty teach through the same biblical worldview found on our main campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. 

What Will I Learn in an Online Early Childhood Program?

You’ll learn to design engaging and effective curricula that meets the diverse needs of young learners and master classroom management techniques to create a positive and productive learning environment. The integration of technology in teaching will open new doors for engaging young minds, enhancing learning outcomes. Finally, you’ll develop vital professional skills such as communication, collaboration, and leadership, all of which are fundamental for a successful career in education.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

21 Credit Hours


$398/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This Early Childhood Program

Coursework for your early childhood teacher training covers how 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

Program Requirements
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 need to be prepared to have vaccination records on hand, if requested by an outside facility, to prevent delay of any required Field Experiences. Since this is an “outside” of IWU request, it will be up to the student to be prepared.

  • 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.
divider line with pawprint graphic

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 

Take the Next Step

Ready to jumpstart your career? Apply now! Or, if you have any questions about the program, contact us via the Request Info button.

Request InfoApply Now