Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
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) is a CAEP-accredited program which
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, Henderson, Paducah, 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.
- B.A. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0-P)
- B.A. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0-P) Murray State/KY Community Colleges 2+2 Program
- B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0-P)
- B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0-P) Murray State/KY Community Colleges 2+2 Program
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth to Primary)
Appropriate undergraduate majors for program entry in the M.A. 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 CAEP-approved program. Students choose from two tracks in the MA in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program.
- M.A. 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.
- M.A. 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.
Possible Careers for IECE-Certified Educators
- Preschool Teacher
- Kindergarten Teacher
- Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
- Early Head Start Teacher
- Developmental Intervention (Birth to 2 years of age with developmental disabilities)
- Parent Educator
The TEACH grant program provides grants of up to $4000 a year to IECE students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.