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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE)

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Coordinator:
Dr. Jo Robertson, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
3203 Alexander Hall • Murray, KY 42071
270-809-6845

Email: arobertson@murraystate.edu

Department Chair:
Dr. Jacqueline Hansen, Early Childhood and Elementary Education
3223 Alexander Hall • Murray, KY 42071
270-809-2500

Email: jhansen@murraystate.edu

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Certification to teach children Birth to Primary)
The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) NCATE accredited program prepares our graduates to provide early intervention, care and education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children with and without disabilities and their families. The program includes courses in early childhood special education, child development, early childhood, and professional education. Center-based early childhood programs, and public school preschool and kindergarten classrooms provide field and clinical experiences. Students will complete 200 field experience hours in these early childhood settings prior to student teaching.  

Our 2+2 Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) program, at MSU’s Madisonville, Henderson, Paducah and Hopkinsville Regional Campuses, provide course work and practicum experiences for students from around the West Kentucky region. The program requires you to participate in a semester long student teaching experience in appropriate settings. Completion of the IECE program leads to a birth to primary teaching certification. In addition, you must pass the IECE Praxis exam as part of the certification requirements.

If you are an undergraduate student in the IECE (early childhood) program, you will complete program of study in three general areas. You will complete the Murray State University’s required University Studies Program, professional education course sequences and content area requirements in the IECE early childhood emphasis. In addition, students must pass the IECE Praxis exam as part of the certification requirements.  For more information about the BA or BS program in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education contact the program coordinator, Dr. Jo Robertson, through link at the top of the page. 

For more information about the undergraduate programs, click on the program sheets below:
Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 2+2 Program in collaboration with Kentucky Community and Technical College

Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 2+2 Program in collaboration with Shawnee Community College

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth to Primary)
Appropriate undergraduate majors for program entry in the MA in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program are elementary education, early childhood education, special education, communication disorders, or other human service fields.  Courses include opportunities for applied activities, collaboration activities, research,  reflection and discussion.

Most coursework is taught online. Face to face courses are taught on campus and off campus in the evening. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required for completion of this NCATE approved program. For information, you may contact the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program coordinator, Dr. Jo Robertson, through links on the top of this page.

Students can choose from three tracks in the MA in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program.

Click below to download the program advising guide:
Master of Arts in Education Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Initial Certification)

This track is a 33 credit hour initial certification program designed for students seeking their first certification in any education field.  Students must meet all university requirements for admission to Teacher Education, pass clinical experiences (student teaching at the graduate level) in IECE as well as receiving a pass the IECE Praxis exam.  

 

Click below to download the program advising guide:
Master of Arts in Education Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Certification

The certification track is a 33 credit hour certification program and leads to eligibility for a certification in interdisciplinary early childhood education, birth to primary. Exit assessments for the certification programs include pass on practicum, an exit portfolio and the IECE Praxis exam.

 

Click below to download the program advising guide:
Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leadership Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

The third track is the Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leadership Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program.  This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and the IECE certification.  Completion of this 30 hour program leads to continuing certification in IECE, and Master’s Degree in Education, a Rank II change (for Kentucky), and the Teacher Leadership Endorsement (for Kentucky).

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