IECE Master of Education Degree

The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Master of Education program prepares its graduates to consume, critique, produce, and apply research as a foundation to their leadership within their chosen professions. If an applicant already holds teacher certification in IECE, the graduate degree program leads to Rank II IECE certification in Kentucky. The Master of Education program does not lead to initial IECE certification. Students who want IECE certification, but have certification in another area or do not have any teacher certification, should first complete the graduate initial certification program in IECE, which leads to Rank III IECE certification.

Students entering the IECE Master’s program decide to either take the thesis (30 credit hours) or non-thesis (36 credit hours) option.

Thesis Program Requirements

Thesis Option Core Courses Credit Hours (15)
IEC 620 Assessment in IECE 3
IEC 621 Issues in IECE 3
IEC 623 Advanced Practicum in IECE 3
IEC 710 Advanced Instructional Methods in IECE 3
IEC 659 Advanced Child Development 3

 

Thesis Option Research Courses Credit hours (6)
EDS 601 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDS 633 or Single Subject Research Design 3
EPE 663 Field Studies in Educational Institutions 3
EPE 763 or Advanced Field Studies 3
EDP 557 Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Education Data 3
EDP 600 or EPE 619 or EDS 713 3

 

Thesis Option IECE Leadership Roles – Credit Hours (6)
(Courses to be selected in consultation with advisor from an approved menu of leadership courses)

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Curriculum Leadership and Technical Assistance
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Higher Education and Research

Thesis Hours – Credit Hours (3)

  • EDS 768: Resident Credit for Master’s Degree (3)

Total Credit Hours: 30


 

Non-Thesis Program Requirements

Graduate Core Credit Hours (21)
IEC 620 Assessment in IECE 3
IEC 621 Issues in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 3
IEC 623 Advanced Practicum in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 9
IEC 710 Advanced Instructional Methods in IECE 3
IEC 659 Advanced Child Development 3

 

Research Core Credit Hours (6)
EDS 601 Applied Behavioral Analysis 3
EDS 633 or Single Subject Research Design 3
EPE 663 Field Studies in Educational Institutions 3
EPE 763 or Advanced Field Studies in Education 3
EDP 557 Gathering, Analyzing, and Using Educational Data 3
EDP 660 or
EPE 619 or Research Design and Analysis in Education 3
EDS 713

 

A minimum of 9 credit hours in courses numbered 400G or above taken in an area
of leadership:

  • Administration & Program Development
  • Curriculum Leadership & Technical Assistance
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Higher Education & Research

Total Credit Hours: 36


Admission

Apply for admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School and indicate you are interested in the IECE Master’s Program.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • 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: