Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

IECE - Early Childhood Development Career Pathways


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.

IEC Tutoring Hours:

Bluegrass Community and Technical College IEC course tutoring is available during the fall and spring semesters.  

If you need support in your IEC learning experience at BCTC, you will enjoy IEC Tutoring with Mrs. Bonnie Rutherford.   Mrs. Bonnie is an IEC graduate of the IEC program here at BCTC.   She has served as a preschool teacher, and Administrator of a child development center for 20 plus years.

IEC tutoring is delivered in a variety of formats to meet the student's need.   Mrs. Bonnie has in person hours with set times either on the Newtown Campus or Lawrenceburg Campus.    She is also available using SKYPE, ZOOM, FACETIME, or email via appointment.

For more information, please email Professor Maria Rutherford at or Mrs. Bonnie Rutherford's email at

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 the upcoming 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)

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