The graduate certification only program in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) is a 33 credit hour program that leads to Rank III certification in Kentucky.

Program Requirements

Pre-Admission Professional Courses (12 Credit hours)

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
IEC 552 Children and Families 3
IEC 557 Infant Development 3
IEC 659 Advanced Child Development 3
EDS 600 Survey of Special Education 3

Admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)

The Graduate Rank III Certification Only program requires admission to the Teacher Education Program after 12 hours of pre-admission coursework. To be admitted into the TEP program applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 2.75 GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 30 credit hours
  • Minimum PRAXIS I or GRE examination scores
  • Code of Ethics and Character and Fitness Review
  • Completed Admissions Portfolio
  • Successful TEP Interview

Courses Taken After Admission to TEP (21 Credit hours)

Course # Course Title Credit Hours
IEC 507 Assessment in IECE 3
IEC 508 Curriculum Planning in IECE 3
IEC 509 Intervention Planning in IECE 3
IEC 552 Administration and Supervision 3
IEC 623 Practicum in IECE 3
IEC 623 Practicum in IECE 3
IEC 623 Practicum in IECE 3

In addition to successful completion of required coursework, candidates must take and pass the IECE Praxis II Test before the University will recommend the candidate to the Education Professional Standards Board for initial certification.


Apply for admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School and indicate you are interested in the Graduate Rank III Certification Only IECE Program.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • Passing GRE or Praxis test scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores for all applicants whose native language is not English
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Philosophy of Education and Goals Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines

  • March 15 (Summer or Fall enrollment)
  • July 15 (Fall enrollment)
  • October 15 (Spring enrollment)

Additional Application Information