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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

 Advising Plans
Childcare Assistant 
(9 Credit Hours)
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Technical (39 Credit Hours)
Kentucky Childcare Provider 
(3 Credit Hours)
Kentucky Early Childhood Administrator 
(9-12 Credit Hours)
Kentucky Early Childhood (15 Credit Hours)
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 
(48-51 Credit Hours)
IECE-AAS degree 
(63-67 Credit Hours)

Program Advisors

Donna Eastham, Program Coordinator
Office: 606-451-6779606-451-6779
Instructor's Web Page


IECE courses are online except IEC 291 cooperative class, for which the student will be required to attend three class meetings on Somerset campus and complete 15 hours of work in an assigned classroom for 16 weeks.

Students in all IECE classes are required to complete observation activities and/or projects; the required hours are between 10-20, depending on the course. 

Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Program Details

Early Child Education picThis program offers coursework that will develop or enhance a student’s knowledge as an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) instructor. Those who successfully complete an Associate in Applied Science degree in IECE can work as lead teacher in federally funded Head Start programs.

Degree graduates can also transfer to public or private universities and complete the IECE Certification program. Students with this certification can teach in public school, preschool, and kindergarten classes, or work as a Developmental Interventionist for the First Steps program in Kentucky.

Courses in the program offer insight into the theories of early childhood education and teach students the practical application of these theories. Students are taught developmentally appropriate practices and learn an understanding of the whole child. IECE graduates are qualified to open their own early childhood education program.

Most courses are available online—learn by term—with the remaining courses taught as hybrids. SCC’s IECE faculty offer courses that challenge and build the student’s skills.  

SCC IECE program is listed on NAEYC: Early Childhood Education Higher Education Degrees in State of Kentucky.

Early Childhood Development Scholarship*

Majors in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program working in public preschool or child care may qualify for a scholarship for spring 2016 semester. Apply for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship at Financial aid application must also be filled out at Apply now for Summer 2016. For assistance contact Amber Peck at

Early Childhood Development Scholarship brochure (pdf)

*The Early Childhood Development Scholarship is an award granted through KHEAA that will cover the cost of tuition only. Any additional fees are not covered by this grant and will need to be paid by other means. 

Additional Information

Students enrolled in IECE courses must have the following forms on file and kept current for two years or as long as active in IECE courses.

Transfer Agreements

SCC currently has one transfer agreement with a four-year institution:

Want to Transfer to EKU?

Please contact Dr. Dana Bush at or Gail Creekmore at for more information.

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Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist.

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