Program Overview

The University of Kentucky (UK) offers an online Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Certificate. This certificate program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standard Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Certificate program aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to work with families and young children (birth through age 5). Students who acquire this certificate are typically also able to work with children with disabilities. Graduates from this program may be employed in many areas including preschool, early intervention, kindergarten, childcare, state government, and more.

The curriculum provides students with a wide variety of courses and field experiences. Students may be prepared and qualified for numerous interdisciplinary early childhood careers after graduation because of the integration of classroom lectures and experiential activities. The curriculum also helps students learn to consume, critique and apply research as a foundation of leadership in the field.

Students that are accepted into the program must also apply to the Teacher Education Program after nine credit hours have been completed. Throughout the course of the program, students will maintain a professional portfolio that will be evaluated and assessed at three separate times; entry, mid-point and exit.

The University of Kentucky requires students to complete 33 credit hours to complete the program. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all courses to successfully complete the program. Students will take many courses including; Children and Families, Infant Development, and Administration and Supervision in IECE as well as practicum experiences. Graduates from this program will also need to take and pass the IECE Praxis II test before the university will recommend students to the Education Professional Standards Board for initial certification.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    This certificate program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standard Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


    Eligible students will have to apply to the graduate school and have a GPA of 2.75 or higher and have acceptable scores on the GRE. The University of Kentucky requires a minimum of 150 on the verbal section, 143 on quantitative and 4.0 on the analytical portion of the GRE. Applicants for the certificate program must have a BS from a related field such as social work or psychology. Interested students from an unrelated field will have to take 2 extra prerequisite courses.

    School Overview

    University of Kentucky is a four-year public school located in Lexington, Kentucky. UK was founded by John Bowman in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky. The school is the largest college/university in the state of Kentucky with 28,094 students as of Fall 2011. UK’s campus is about 80 miles south of Cincinnati and 200 miles northeast of Nashville. The campus lies on over 800 acres and has 15 libraries in that area. The campus is divided roughly into three parts: the North campus, the Central campus, and the South campus.

    University of Kentucky offers bachelor’s degrees, certificates, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Students are divided into 16 colleges, a graduate school, and hundreds of degree programs. 


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