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If you want to have the state of Kentucky teaching license to work with children (birth through five years) with and without special needs, the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) program is for you! You will learn how to develop engaging, hands-on activities and collaborate with adults (families and other professionals) to help young children develop and learn.

What You Can Teach

You can:

  • Be a lead Preschool or Kindergarten classroom teacher in public schools
  • Be an early interventionist working with children under age 3 with disabilities in First Steps (Kentucky’s early intervention system) or Help Me Grow (Ohio)
  • Teach at Head Start and Early Head Start
  • Teach in community child care programs
  • Teach in private preschool and kindergarten classrooms
  • Work in a home visitation program
  • Be a child care program director
  • Be a program evaluator
  • Be an early childhood trainer
  • Be a parent educator

Program Contact Information

Dr. Jaesook Gilbert




Our 51 Teacher Education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Our 51 Early Childhood Programs were rated one of the most affordable by Discover Early Childhood EDU in 2021.

Beyond the Classroom

You will have opportunities to spend time in a variety of early childhood settings, getting to know what it is like to be a classroom teacher, home visitor and so much more.

In your courses, you will interview early childhood teachers and administrators, observe children ages birth – 5 years, and conduct projects with young children.