2021-2022 Catalog


AS - Early Childhood Education

Indiana Wesleyan University’s A.S. in Early Childhood Education program is a sixty (60) credit hour undergraduate program emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of an early childhood educator working with children from birth through age eight. This program does not lead to teacher licensure.

Upon completion of the program, candidates should be able to:

  • Exhibit the School of Educational Leadership's professional dispositions by demonstrating moral decision-making, upholding ethical standards with all stakeholders, and reflecting Christ-like behavior as the foundation of work with families, young children, and communities.
  • Actively support child development and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for all children in childcare, classroom, home, and community settings.
  • Collaborate to establish safe, healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments, where young children have access to quality learning opportunities that inspire and set the stage for growth across the developmental domains.
  • Exhibit knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of diverse family and community characteristics; honoring diverse cultural values, language, and norms by encouraging a child’s learning connectedness to home.
  • Initiate and think professionally in a timely manner to support predetermined management policies and procedures; act professionally in regards to unforeseen management issues and concerns.
  • Assist to deliver developmentally appropriate content-rich purposeful curriculum emphasizing the integration of topics and disciplines; support the integration of academic standards and child development impacting contextual factors and individual/group interests, needs, and learning styles.
  • Exhibit the knowledge and understanding needed to support positive, respectful, and reciprocal relationship-based interactions as a foundation to support, empower, and engage young children and families.
  • Apply constructivist (Vygotsky) theoretical framework into practice throughout academic disciplines to support inquiry-based, play-based, open-ended, project-based, and problem-based learning experiences.
  • Participate in informed advocacy for young children, families, and the early childhood profession through multiple types of advocacy (citizen, issue-based, self, group, peer, statutory, family, and friend).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in executing a wide range of developmentally appropriate effective approaches, tools, resources, and strategies to meet the unique needs of all learners including technology, inquiry-based, project-based, problem-based, UDL, RTI, and differentiation practices.
  • Demonstrate skills in systematic and responsible assessment skills including observing, documenting, and analyzing to support early learning.
  • Practice servant leadership philosophy and principles in approach to clinical and service experiences by serving to put the needs of others first, sharing power, aspiring to lead after trust and relations are earned and built, and helping young children, families, and communities develop and perform as highly as possible.

This program provides a fundamental basis for students desiring to continue their education at IWU to complete a bachelor's degree in this discipline. The courses contained in this associate program will satisfy 24 hours out of the 30 general education hours required at the bachelor level and will also apply toward the 120 hour degree requirement.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have:

  • Proof of standard high school diploma or GED certification.
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release 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 School of Educational Leadership's Criminal History Background Check Admissions Policy.

Program Requirements

The AS in Early Childhood Program is a lock-step program.  Students who are unable to complete an ECED course or who receive an unsatisfactory grade for their specific program will be allowed to repeat that course with another group of students if arrangements are made with the Registration Change Counselor and the School of Educational Leadership.  Tuition and fees will be charged for repeating the course. 

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with an associate degree with a major in Early Childhood Education, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of 60 semester hours.
  • Completion of the core requirements with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • A minimum of "C" must be achieved in ECED-101, ECED-105, ECED-120, ECED-125, ECED-130, and ECED-135 or their equivalent courses.

  • Completion of 24 hours of general education requirements as specified (General Education Requirements).

  • Payment of all tuition and fees in order to receive a diploma.

Early Childhood Education (AS) - Program of Study

AS - Foundational Courses

GEN-111Foundations of Lifelong Learning


Total Credit Hours:3

Core Courses

ECED-101, ECED-105, ECED-120, ECED-125, ECED-130, and ECED-135 must be passed with "C" or higher.
ECED-101Foundations of Early Childhood


ECED-105Child Growth and Development


ECED-125Current Issues and Trends in Early Childhood


ECED-130Parents, Families, and Communities As Partners


ECED-135Emergent Literacy


ECED-120Health, Safety, and Nutrition


ECED-225Infant/Toddler Experience


ECED-230Preschool Experience


ECED-235Primary Grade Experience


ECED-240Service Learning Capstone


Total Credit Hours:30




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