Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Coordinator:
Dr. Jeanetta Riley, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
3208 Alexander Hall • Murray, KY 42071
270-809-4045

Department Chair:
Dr. Jacqueline Hansen, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
3223 Alexander Hall • Murray, KY 42071
270-809-2500

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Certification to teach children Birth to Primary)
The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) NCATE accredited program prepares our graduates to provide early intervention, care and education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children with and without disabilities and their families. The program includes courses in early childhood special education, child development, early childhood, and professional education. Center-based early childhood programs, and public school preschool and kindergarten classrooms provide field and clinical experiences. Students will complete 200 field experience hours in these early childhood settings prior to student teaching.

Our 2+2 Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) program, at Murray State’s Madisonville, HendersonPaducah and Hopkinsville regional campuses, provides coursework and practicum experiences for students from around the Western Kentucky region. The program requires  participation in a semester long student teaching experience in appropriate settings. Completion of the IECE program leads to a birth to primary teaching certification.

Undergraduate students in the IECE program complete a program of study in three general areas: Murray State University’s required University Studies Program, professional education course sequences, and content area requirements in IECE. In addition, students must pass the IECE Praxis exam as part of the certification requirements.  For more information about the BA or BS program in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Jeanetta Riley, through link at the top of the page.

For more information about the undergraduate programs, click on the program sheets below:

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth to Primary)
Appropriate undergraduate majors for program entry in the MA in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program are elementary education, early childhood education, special education, communication disorders, or other human service fields.  Courses include opportunities for applied activities, collaboration activities, research,  reflection and discussion.

Most coursework is taught online. Face-to-face courses are taught on campus and off campus in the evening. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required for completion of this NCATE-approved program. For information, you may contact the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program coordinator, Dr. Jeanetta Riley, through link on the top of this page.
Students choose from three tracks in the MA in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program.

Click below to download the respective program advising guides:

  • MA in Education: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Initial Certification
    This track is a 33-credit-hour initial certification program designed for students seeking their first certification in any education field. Students must meet all university requirements for admission to Teacher Education, pass clinical experiences in IECE (student teaching at the graduate level), pass the exit portfolio, and attain a passing score on the IECE Praxis exam.
  • MA in Education: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Certification
    The track is a 33-credit-hour certification program that leads to eligibility for a certification in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, birth to primary. Exit assessments for the certification program include passing the practicum course, the exit portfolio, and the IECE Praxis exam.
  • MA in Education Teacher Leader: IECE
    The third track is the Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leadership Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program. This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and the IECE certification. Completion of this 30-hour-program leads to continuing certification in IECE, a master’s degree in education, a rank change (for Kentucky), and the Teacher Leadership Endorsement (for Kentucky).