Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Are you energetic, patient, and caring? Do you want to work in a lively and creative environment? 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! Being an early childhood educator provides you an opportunity to help assure that each child is provided with the essentials needed to become successful.
In the IECE program you will gain an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of children from birth through age five. Topics of discussion include growth and development, health, safety, curriculum planning, assessment, diverse learning environments, and family involvement. Corresponding field experiences throughout the community help prepare students with the knowledge and competencies of research-based best practices. Check out our flyer.
ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN APPLIED SCIENCE
- Child Care Assistant
- Early Childhood Administrator
- Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Technical Studies | Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
- Kentucky Child Care Provider
- School Age Child Care
There are no special admission requirements for this program. Please consult WKCTC's general admission requirements.
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, 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.
Greta Henry, IECE Program Coordinator