Acquire the expertise to support families in early intervention, develop curricula for blended early childhood classrooms, assess program outcomes, and employ current research and theory as you earn a graduate certificate or Master of Education (M.Ed.).
Designed for working professionals, the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) program will prepare you for a career as an early interventionist, teacher, researcher, or administrator in early childhood or special education. Our graduates work in early intervention programs, preschools, kindergartens, child care facilities, and governmental agencies. As a graduate of our program you will be able to:
Students who are not certified in IECE must complete the certification program before beginning the Master’s program. The certification program consists of 33 credit hours and leads to Rank III certification in Kentucky. Students who are certified in IECE may complete the Master’s of Education (M.Ed.). The program has thesis (30 credit hours) and non-thesis (36 credit hours) options. The Master’s program includes practica, which are supervised by U.K. faculty. The practicum may be completed at location convenient for the student. Upon completion of the M. Ed. program, students may seek Rank II certification in Kentucky.
Admission to the program requires an bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.8 or higher.
College of Education
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education & Rehabilitation Counseling
Taylor Education Building, 621 South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the program is authorized in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.