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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

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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

First Semester
Class Credits
IEC 101 - Orientation to Early Childhood Education 3
IEC 102 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
IEC 130 - Early Childhood Development 3
IEC 180 - **Approaches to Curriculum  3
*Digital Literacy: EDU 204 recommended or competency exam 3

Total Credits: 15
*Indicates IEC course offered fall term at SCC
**Indicates IEC course offered spring term at SCC

Second Semester
Class Credits
IEC 235 - *Introduction to Inclusive Education 3
IEC 216 - *Literacy and Language 3
IEC 221 - **Creative Expression 3
IEC 246 - *Life Sciences 3
ENG 101 - Writing I 3

Total Credits: 15
*Indicates IEC course offered fall term at SCC
**Indicates IEC course offered spring term at SCC

Third Semester
Class Credits
IEC 170 - *Observation and Assessment 3
IEC 200 - **Guidance of Young Children 3
Student will need to select 6 hours from IEC 240/230/260 (see next three rows below)  
IEC 260 - **Infant and Toddler Education Programming OR (3)
IEC 240 - *Administration of Early Childhood Education OR (3)
IEC 230 - Business Administration ECE Programs (3)
IEC 291 - **IEC Cooperative Education 3
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3

Total Credits: 18
*Indicates IEC course offered fall term at SCC
**Indicates IEC course offered spring term at SCC

Total Credits for Diploma: 48

Special Notes:
If student does not meet benchmarks, courses below must be taken at the same time:

  • CIT 105/RDG 100 | 2 credit hours
  • ENG 101/ENG 100 | 3 credit hours

AAS Degree

First Semester: IEC 101 or 102 either can serve as introduction course to IECE. Student can take IEC 102 in case 101 is closed and take 101 the next semester.
Class Credits
IEC 101 - Orientation to Early Childhood Education 3
IEC 102 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
ENG 101 - Writing 1 3
Digital Literacy: EDU 204 recommended or competency exam 3
Science Recommended: BIO 120 or BIO 112 3

Total Credits: 15

Second Semester
Class Credits
IEC 130 - Early Child Development 3
IEC 180 - **Approaches to Curriculum  3
IEC 170 - *Observation and Assessment 3
IEC 200 - **Guidance of Young Children 3
ENG 102 - Writing II 3

Total Credits: 15

Special Notes:
*Indicates IEC course offered fall semester SCC
** Indicates IEC course offered spring semester SCC

Third Semester
Class Credits
IEC 235 - *Introduction to Inclusive Education 3
IEC 216 - *Language and Literacy 3
IEC 246 - *Life Sciences 3
COM 181 or COM 252 3
MAT 110 - Mathematics 3
Heritage/Humanities Recommended: HIS 108 or HIS 109 3

Total Credits: 18

Fourth Semester
Class Credits
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3
IEC 221 - **Creative Expression 3
Student will need to select 6 hours from EIC 240/230/260 (See next three rows)  
IEC 240 - *Administrations of Early Childhood Education OR (3)
IEC 230 - *Business Administration ECE Programs OR (3)
IEC 260 - **Infant and Toddler Education (3)
IEC 291 - **Practicum/Cooperative Education

3

Total Credits: 15
Special Notes:

*Indicate if student does not meet benchmarks courses below must be taken at same time:

  • Digital Literacy must be completed by competency exam or completing EDU 204 or CIT 105
  • ENG 101/ENG 100 | 2 Credit Hours
  • MAT 110/MAT 110 | 1 Credit Hour

Total Credits for program: 63

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.  

Alumni Spotlight

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Kentucky Early Childhood Scholarship Information:

Early Childhood Development Scholarship* 

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. 

Discover Early Childhood Scholarship

This is a free educational resource for people looking to learn about Early Childhood Education. https://discoverearlychildhoodedu.org/resources/scholarships/

Location

IECE courses are online except IEC 291 cooperative class. Those students will be required to attend one or two class meeting(s) on Somerset Campus and complete 180 clock hours of work in an assigned classroom for 16 weeks in IEC 291. Students in all IEC classes are required to complete observation activities and/ or projects the required hours are between 0-20, 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 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.


What is Stars in state of KY? https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dcbs/dcc/Pages/kyallstars.aspx

Stars Resources: https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dcbs/dcc/Pages/kyallstarsproviders.aspx

Community Colleges Are Crucial for Kids

Community Colleges play a vital role in our nation's education and workforce training systems: Roughly 38 percent of all undergraduate students are enrolled in two-year institutions, and 49 percent of college graduates spend at least some time in community college before earning their degrees. Read more at usnew.com.


Recognition

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

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.

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Program Contact

Donna Eastham

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Program Coordinator/Professor

606.451.6779

donna.eastham@kctcs.edu