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Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Program overview
2 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

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About this program

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program is designed for early childhood educators interested in developing the skills necessary to effectively empower, engage and educate diverse learners in a variety of urban education settings both in the private and public sectors.

In consideration of the full spectrum of early childhood and the professional aspirations of students, there are two options for program completion: non-licensure and licensure. The non-licensure option is for educators interested in working in early childhood settings focused on birth to pre-K. The licensure option is for educators interested in working in early childhood settings focused on pre-K to Grade 3 and results in Early Childhood Education licensure (Grades P-3) by the state of Indiana upon completion of state required licensure tests and other state licensure requirements.

As a student, you will learn from experienced faculty members who will prepare you to be a transformative teacher of early childhood-aged children. Evening, Saturday, and online-hybrid course offerings are tailored to support learners working toward professional certification and career advancement. As part of a learning cohort, students remain together for the duration of the two-year program.

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements for Freshman Students

Admission Standards

We use the following standards when making admission decisions:

  • You have completed or will complete secondary school by the time of enrollment;
  • No grade point average guarantees admission to IUPUI. We look for applicants who have demonstrated a "B" average or above average grades, with strong grades in math and science;
  • SAT or ACT exam scores are not required for admission nor our merit scholarships. However, scores may be required for competitive scholarships.
  • You must meet our English language Proficiency standards.

Secondary School Graduation

You must earn a diploma from an accredited secondary school or examination results that show an equivalent level of academic achievement such as “O” levels or a general equivalency diploma (GED) to be eligible for admission. If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you should submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

English Language Requirements

You may demonstrate your English proficiency by submitting any of the following test results within two years of the test date.

  • TOEFL (iBT) -60
  • IELTS - 5.5
  • SAT (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) - 410
  • ACT (English) School - 17
  • Duolingo English Test - 90 Due to recent cancellations of English language proficiency test dates, we will accept (for a limited time) Duolingo English Test (DET) scores issued after July 15, 2019.
  • IUPUI Program for Intensive English (PIE) - Level 5
  • Any ELS center located in the US or Canada - Level 109
  • GCSE or GCE O Level in English language - Grades A-C
  • International Baccalaureate - Higher Level English A1 or A2 Certificate, grade of 4 or higher
  • Freshman English Composition Course - "C" grade or higher (equivalent to IUPUI W131) from a regionally accredited U.S. University
  • English Speaking Countries - If you have completed your secondary education in one of these countries

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The following courses are three (3) credits each except Student-Teaching (14 credits) and unless stated otherwise:

  • Science for Early Childhood
  • Foundations of Early Care and Education
  • Literacy Methods in the Early Grades
  • Special Education
  • Sociocultural Learning in Urban Elementary Classrooms
  • Bilingual Education
  • Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) in the Early Childhood Setting
  • Families, School, and Society
  • Social Studies Methods
  • Math Methods
  • Methods of Teaching Reading
  • Teaching About the Arts
  • Student Teaching (14 credits)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Total tuition fee: $48,393 per year


  • Practice assessing children’s knowledge, planning instruction, and teaching in real classrooms
  • Progress from working with individual children to teaching small groups to managing the entire class
  • Learn to address issues of equity and other barriers to education in urban communities
  • Practice culturally relevant and inclusive teaching

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indiana, USA, is considered the state’s premier urban research university. Combining the resources of two prestigious universities with a downtown location, IUPUI offers students the opportunity to earn a respected degree from Indiana University...

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Why study at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

There are students from over 140 countries represented on campus, making us one of the most diverse in the nation. Additionally, IUPUI is the only university in the United States with two universities on one campus, meaning you get the benefits of being both an Indiana University (IU) and a Purdue University student. Depending on your major, you receive either an IU or a Purdue degree.

You can receive a world-class education, large merit-based scholarships, and study close to major business hubs that frequently recruit students for internships and jobs. Lastly, this is a great location for anyone that would prefer living in a city instead of a college town.

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Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

902 West New York Street
46202 Indianapolis Indiana
United States of America

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