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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Early Childhood Education Certification Only (Preschool - Grade 3)

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Program: Early Childhood Education Certification Only 
School of Education 

Neff Hall 240 ~ 260-481-4146 

The early childhood education certification only program is designed for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and desire to teach in preschool or elementary primary (P-3) school settings.  Upon successful completion, candidates may apply for an Indiana teaching license.  Candidates must demonstrate competencies in four content areas of Reading/Language Arts and Social Studies as well as Mathematics and Science by passing content exams in each area prior to student teaching.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion this program in Early ChildhoodCertification Only students will:

  • Become more caring, humane and functional citizens in a global, multicultural, democratic society 
  • Improve the human condition by creating positive learning environments
  • Become change agents by demonstrating reflective professional practice
  • Solve client problems through clear, creative analyses
  • Assess client performance, creating and executing effective teaching, counseling, and educational leadership by utilizing a variety of methodologies reflecting current related research
  • Utilize interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrating technology and critical literacies, and effectively communicating with all stakeholders.


Our education programs are accredited through CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).  We are nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for the early childhood education teaching license in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Program Delivery

This program is available on campus and online

Declaring This Program

You must declare this program with the School of Education 

Pre-Professional Education: 15 Credits

Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.

Professional Education: 36 credits

Requirements for Admission to Professional Education

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college
  2. Take the licensure content exams for Early Childhood Education
  3. Completion of each course with a grade of C- or higher.  Courses may be repeated one time to earn minimum grade
  4. Successfully complete all Pre-Professional Education courses and program signature assessments
  5. Minimum 2.7 overall GPA in pre-professional education courses
  6. Pass a Criminal History Check and all other checks/screens as required for each agency.

Total Credits: 51

Final Assessment:

  1. Pass licensure pedagogy exam
  2. Successfully complete all program Signature Assessments
  3. Provide evidence of CPR certification and suicide prevention training.
  4. 2.7 cum. GPA
  5. Apply for license.

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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