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Master's in Early Childhood Education

If you want to channel your love for teaching into a rewarding career as an early childhood education teacher, discover this MS in Early Childhood Education online program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Upon completion, you can have the skills to provide our youngest learners with an effective education during their most formative years. Plus, we lock in the rate of your tuition as soon as you start the program. This eliminates the stress of cost increases as you earn your master’s degree in early childhood education.

Why Pursue My M.S. in Early Childhood Education at IWU?

There are several benefits to the MS in Early Childhood Education online program at IWU. We offer online students flexible, accredited programs and supportive student services. We provide tech support, tutoring, and full-time chaplains to all our students. Courses are delivered through innovative, interactive learning technology, and taught by experienced faculty who offer 1:1 support for every student. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. In other words, we offer the same quality of education online that students expect from a campus-based experience.  

What Will I Learn in This MS in Early Childhood Education Program?

The MS in Early Childhood Education online curriculum can teach you the skills to help young students thrive through effective teaching methods. Curriculum includes experience working with younger students in classroom settings. Throughout the program, you will be guided and mentored by faculty with experience in early childhood teaching. Course topics include early childhood advocacy, foundations in early childhood development, classroom action research tools, and more.  

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

33 Credit Hours


$499/ 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 MS in Early Childhood Education Program

The curriculum for this MS in Early Childhood Education online program covers how to:

  • Build safe and supportive learning environments that challenge students through age-appropriate teaching methods
  • Advocate for childhood education in childcare, classroom, home, and community settings
  • Design developmentally appropriate curriculum with purposeful learning outcomes
  • Integrate biblical principles into your career in early childhood education

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Childcare Administrator
  • College Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Support Services Professional (Family and Early Childhood Initiatives)

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

All applicants must have:

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by any accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.
  • Supporting documentation of the following:
    • At least 2 years of experience in a professional position related to the support of young children and their families (i.e. pediatric nurse, children’s ministry, social services, etc.).
    • Access to a P-3 classroom and childcare center (Letter of agreement).
    • Approval to utilize current early childhood professional position/setting as a potential alternative site for field requirements, if approved.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.
  • Proof of up-to-date TB test.
  • A signed Field Placement Requirement Notification form.
  • A criminal history background check that meets School of Integrated Learning and Development guidelines.

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 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 and early childcare facilities 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.

  • Successfully complete the program 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.
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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

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