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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood EducationInterdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Advising Plans
Childcare Assistant
(9 Credit Hours)
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Technical
(39 Credit Hours)
Kentucky Childcare Provider
(3 Credit Hours)
Kentucky Early Childhood Administrator
(12 Credit Hours)
School Age Certificate
(15 Credit Hours)
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
(48-51 Credit Hours)
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
(63-67 Credit Hours)
IEC AAS Advising Template
(63-67 Credit Hours)

Program Coordinator

photo of maria rutherford
Maria Rutherford, M.Ed.
Associate Professor
Office: 859-246-6616


Become a Student

Online Course Delivery

IECE courses are online except IEC 291 hybrid class, for which the student will be required to attend eight class meetings on a BCTC campus and complete 15 hours of work in an assigned classroom for 16 weeks.

Students in all IECE classes are required to complete observation activities and/or projects; the required hours are between 10-20, depending on the course.

Please contact the program coordinator for more information.

Program Details

a photo of a small group working at an eventThis program offers coursework that will develop or enhance a student s knowledge as an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) aide. Those who successfully complete an Associate in Applied Science degree in IECE can work as lead teacher in federally funded Head Start programs.

Degree graduates can also transfer to public or private universities and complete the IECE Certification program. Students with this certification can teach in public school, preschool, and kindergarten classes, or work as a Developmental Interventionist for the First Steps program in Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky University and Kentucky State University both have IEC articulation agreements with KCTCS.

Courses in the program offer insight into the theories of early childhood education and teach students the practical application of these theories. Students are taught developmentally appropriate practices and learn an understanding of the whole child. IECE graduates are qualified to open their own early childhood education program.

Most courses are available online with the remaining courses taught as hybrids. BCTC s IECE faculty offer courses that challenge and build the student s skills. All BCTC IEC online classes have the same course shell set up making the program easy to navigate as an online student. Each course is also set up to include tutorial videos on how to be an online student in the IEC program.

IEC Advising: Questions & Answers Forum

Come join Ms Maria Rutherford, IEC Coordinator for a time of Question and Answers about the IEC program and advising questions. This forum is not intended to replace your advising session with your advisor. This question and answer forum prepares you for your advising appointment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about specific IEC classes, the IEC schedule, IEC observation hours, and how to set up an appointment with your academic advisor.

If you are a new IEC student, this question and answer forum is a great way to get started in the program, meet Ms Maria, and discover the next step you need to take to be successful here at BCTC.

The dates are:

January 9, 2017
Lawrenceburg Campus
6:30-8:30 p.m. RM116
January 11, 2017
Newtown Campus, Lex KY
6:00-8:00 p.m. Meet in Lobby

New IEC Student Orientation

All new incoming IEC students must attend NEW IEC Student Orientation prior to semester starting dates. If you do not attend, you will be dropped from the class the day after the last IEC Orientation for the semester. There are no exceptions.

Please RSVP for Spring , 2017 IEC Orientation by emailing Maria Rutherford at

What to bring with you?

  1. A pencil
  2. Two US postage stamps
  3. Two envelopes
  4. Two copies of your photo identification
  5. Your PeopleSoft ID number
  6. A check or money order for $10 (BCTC CAN Background Check)
  7. A check or money order for $20 (BCTC KSP Background Check)

Dates for IEC Orientation for Summer, 2017 include:

April 17, 2017

Lawrenceburg Campus

6:00-8:00 p.m. Library

Dates for IEC Orientation for Fall, 2017 include:

August 7, 2017

Lawrenceburg Campus

6:00-8:00 p.m. Library

August 8, 2017
Newtown Campus, Lex KY

5:00-7:00 p.m. Meet MS
Maria is in the front foyer

Required Student Observation Information

Students enrolled in IECE courses must have the following forms on file and kept current for two years or as long as active in IECE courses. If a student skips a semester, the background checks must be renewed.

  • Confidentiality Statement
  • Hepatitis B form
  • T.B. (must be current)
  • Background Checks: BCTC CAN Check ($10) and BCTC KSP Check ($10)

Please contact: for Background Packet

Additional Information:

Early Childhood Development Scholarship*

Majors in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program working in public preschool or child care may qualify for a scholarship for fall or spring semester. Apply for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship at The deadline to apply is July 15th for fall and November 15th for spring. Financial aid application must also be filled out at

*The Early Childhood Development Scholarship is an award granted through KHEAA that will cover the cost of tuition only. Any additional fees are not covered by this grant and will need to be paid by other means. Please contact: Cassie or Leigh at 859 246 6796

BCTC KAECE Student Group

The BCTC KAECE Student Group is a student organization for early childhood professionals who are students at BCTC. The group meets every month during the fall and spring semesters. Mr. Jeffrey Herron, Adjunct IEC Professor, is the faculty representative. The student group has elected student officers and is active on and off campus in a variety of ways advocating for the education of young children across the state of Kentucky. Please make plans to join the group. There is a yearly due fee associated with this group as it is part of NAEYC. IEC Students pay the student rate to join this professional early childhood association. Please visit: for more information.

Also, please like the KAECE group on Facebook.

As a BCTC IEC student, you may join Kentucky Association of Early Childhood Education (KAECE) for ONLY $25 for a year. If you join, you will be a member of the Bluegrass Affiliate. KAECE is the state seat SECA, the national association.

To join, please go to