Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Are you energetic, patient, and caring? Do you want to work in a lively and creative environment with children and families? As an early childhood professional you can influence the development of children during their most impressionable years. Working in the early childhood field allows you to invest yourself in the future! 

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education logoThe Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program at WKCTC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs. The program meets the Accreditation Standards through four indicators: documented learning opportunities, key assessments, data on candidate performance on key assessments, and the use of data to improve the program in relation to accreditation standards. Each student will gain understanding of the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of children from birth through age five. Corresponding field experiences throughout the community help prepare students with the knowledge and competencies of research-based best practices. Check out our flyer.



Admissions Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for this program. Please consult WKCTC's general admission requirements.


Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities include child care programs, public and private preschools, Early Head Start, Head Start, early intervention programs, home-based programs, school-age programs, corporate-sponsored child care facilities, youth service worker, family and child advocacy programs to name a few.  Students make a positive, sustained impact on children’s learning and family involvement through their employed positions.

IECE Program Opportunities

Students become actively involved in the Early Childhood Student group, campus activities, community activities, early childhood initiatives and professional early childhood organization activities.

Coursework is encouraged to pursue the Child Development Associate credential (CDA) awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington D.C. The Division of Child Care in Kentucky also acknowledges your educational advancement by offering additional certifications based on your education:  Commonwealth Child Care Credential (CCCC) and the Kentucky Director’s Credential.

IECE Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

The Early Childhood Development Scholarship is available for students who meet certain eligibility requirements.  This scholarship is a non-repayable tuition scholarship, and is only available to students on the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education academic plan who are employed 20 hours a week in a child care program.  For more information, contact the Early Care and Education Coach: Professional Development:  270-534-3459. Mini grants are also available for the CDA application should you meet eligibility requirements.  Milestone achievement awards, textbook reimbursements and related education awards are additional funding opportunities.

Contact Information

Greta Henry, IECE Program Coordinator