Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is an interdisciplinary program which prepares educators to work with children birth through age five, in public pre-primary classes and non-public institutions including day care, private preschool, and private kindergarten. The program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board to prepare graduates to seek a state teaching certificate in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. Graduates are awarded the B.S. degree in Education with a major in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education.

In the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program, students will learn to apply behavioral principles for purposes of developing curricula, assessing child behavior, planning, implementing, and monitoring interventions, and assisting families.

The undergraduate Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Bachelor of Science degree leads to Rank III certification in Kentucky.

Program Faculty

The faculty of the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program are associated with the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling. The faculty believe that teaching young children involves viewing children holistically, using structured behavioral approaches.

The department recognizes that viewing children holistically requires considering all of the various settings of children’s environment (e.g., home, school, and neighborhood) as well as the reciprocal relationship between any two of the following variables: the immediate context the child is active in, the individual child, and all aspects of the child’s environment (including people).

Program Requirements

For the most current program requirements, please visit the UK Registrar’s page.

Admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)
The IECE Bachelor of Arts degree program requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. 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 (28 Credit hours)

  • EDC 317 Introduction to Instructional Media (1)
  • IEC 509 Intervention Planning for Children with Special Needs (3)
  • IEC 507 Assessment of Young Children (3)
  • IEC 510 Practicum in IECE (3)
  • IEC 508 Advanced Curriculum Planning in IECE (3)
  • IEC 512 Language & Literacy for young Children (3)
  • Student Teaching Semester (12 Credit hours – Spring Only)

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.


To apply to the program, students must complete an undergraduate admissions packet and declare interest in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Program. To apply you will need the following:

*Transfer and readmission applicants must include transcripts from each college or university attended.  Transient applicants must include an official letter of good standing or transcript from their home institution.