College of Professional Studies

Early Childhood Education

Purdue University - Fort Wayne is proud to offer the only Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree in Northeast Indiana. Our program meets all T.E.A.C.H. requirements. Find out how to apply to this federal program and receive substantial scholarships to complete your education!

Our bachelor-completion program builds on information gained and courses completed during your associate's degree program and is widely supported by local leaders in early childhood education programs. IVY TECH Northeast offers an early childhood associates degree.

NEW FOR FALL 2017 --- Purdue University - Fort Wayne is now offering a full 4-year BS degree program in Early Childhood Education for Preschool through Grade 3.  

There are four choices you may select from to complete a Bachelors of Science degree in early childhood.

Birth – Age 5
Preschool – Grade 3
Preschool – Grade 6
(Dual License: ECE and ELEM)
4-Year B.S. Degree
Preschool - Grade 3
Step-Up Program Yes Yes No
Eligible for T.E.A.C.H. scholarship funding Yes Yes Maybe No
Early Childhood Associate Required for admission Yes Yes No No
IN Department of Education License No Yes Yes Yes
Length of Program 4 semesters, full-time 5 semesters, full-time 8 semesters (4 years)+ at least one summer 8 semesters (4 years)
Student Teaching Required No Yes Yes Yes
Total Credit Hours 120 120 126 120
Class Formats for Courses in Program Online Online Hybrid/Face-to-face Hybrid/Face-to-face
Course Requirements Birth-5 Requirements Preschool-Grade 3 Requirements Preschool-Grade 6 Requirements FOUR YEAR BS DEGREE Preschool-Grade 3 Requirements

ECE Program Assessment System Handbook

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