Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

 

Inspire a love of learning. You’ll learn about children's growth from birth through age five and prepare to work in preschools, Head Start programs or childcare centers.

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What Is Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education?

This 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.  

What are my career choices?

In public and private preschools, early care centers, early intervention programs such as Head Start, hospitals, campus child development centers, corporate child care, rehabilitation clinics, and recreation centers.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans

Certificates

Diploma

AAS Degree

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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.

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.  

Early Childhood Development Scholarship*

Kentucky Early Childhood Scholarship Information: https://www.kentuckypartnership.org/Services/scholarship-program

Majors in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program working in public preschool or child care may qualify for a scholarship. Apply for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship at www.kheaa.com. Financial aid application must also be filled out at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For assistance contact Amber Peck at apeck2@uky.edu or Gwen Johnson at gwen.johnson@uky.edu.

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. 

Location

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.

Transfer Options to Four-Year Institutions

The IECE program at SCC has Transfer Agreements with four-year institutions, including The University of the Cumberlands and Campbellsville University. For information on Transfer Agreements with four-year institutions, schedule an Advising Appointment with Program Coordinator Donna S. Eastham.

Want to Transfer to EKU?

Please contact Dr. Dana Bush at dana.bush@eku.edu or Gail Creekmore at gail.creekmore@eku.edu for more information.


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Recognition

Somerset Community College's online Early Childhood Education program has been recognized for their excellence in online learning.

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Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

 

Program Contact

Donna Eastham
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Program Coordinator/Professor
606.451.6779
donna.eastham@kctcs.edu