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Graduate Certificate in Elementary License Addition

Elementary schools need you! Become an elementary education teacher when you earn your elementary license teaching certificate online with this elementary license addition program. Existing teachers with a bachelor's degree looking to expand their job prospects in elementary education can gain understanding and add licensure for a classroom in their desired grade-level. In as little as 8 months, teachers can open more opportunities for themselves and enjoy a rewarding career!

Why Pursue My Elementary License Teaching Certificate Online at IWU?

If you already have an education degree but it does not include grades K-6 and you'd like to add certification for those grade levels, this graduate certificate is right for you. We can help you gain licensure for elementary grades in less than a year. Our Transition to Teaching program can help anyone who received a degree outside of education. Your tuition rates will be locked in once you begin so you won’t have to worry about tuition rate increases as you study at IWU. We believe our best asset lies in our expert faculty who bring field experience to the online classroom. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in an elementary education career.

What Will I Learn in an Elementary License Teaching Certificate Online Program?

Earn your elementary license teaching certificate online and prepare to teach students at a new grade level through project-based learning, authentic assessments, and hands on field experiences with elementary learners. Throughout the program, you’ll create lesson plans, conduct a diversity case study, and learn literacy specific teaching and learning. Inspire students to learn through this accelerated program in elementary education. You’ll learn to demonstrate professional, moral, and ethical behaviors through teaching methods grounded in Christ-like principles Upon completion of IWU’s teaching certificate online program, you will be ready to apply subject matter and assessment knowledge to teaching and learning experiences using a variety of pedagogical methods and technologies for young students.

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

12 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 Elementary License Teaching Certificate Online Program?

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence.

  • + EDUT-550 | Methods of Teaching the Elementary School Curriculum | 3 Hours

  • + EDSE-505 | Foundations of Special Education | 3 Hours

  • + EDUT-521 | Literary Assessment and Intervention in the Elementary Classroom | 3 Hours

  • + EDUT-520 | Foundations in Phonics and Language Structure | 3 Hours

Program Requirements
  • Submit a signed FERPA Release Form.
  • Copy of a valid, but not necessarily current, Indiana Teaching License issued by the IDOE.
  • Letter of agreement that confirms candidate’s access to a childcare center and P-3 classroom.
  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an 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.
  • A criminal history background check that meets School of Integrated Learning and Development guidelines. The background check is not required for currently employed teachers.

    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 students should understand that additional background checks will most likely be required by school corporations before participating in clinical experiences.

  • Complete all course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.00 and no grade lower than a "B-."
  • Successfully complete all Clinical Experience requirements associated with the program.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.
Clinical Experience Requirements
  • All candidates must complete field experiences throughout the program.
  • All clinical placements will be made by the Office of Clinical Experiences, unless otherwise outlined in the course curriculum.
  • Failure to complete or removal from a clinical experience may result in the candidate not passing the course and/or being permanently withdrawn from the program.
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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

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024

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