Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide you with an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development for working with young children. Opportunities to apply this knowledge in practical experiences are incorporated in the curriculum. Curriculum topics include, but are not limited to developmental ages and stages, health and safety, curriculum planning, assessment and family involvement.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education


  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education


  • Child Care Assistant
  • Early Childhood Administrator
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Technical Studies
  • Kentucky Child Care Provider
  • School Age Child Care

MAPS for AAS, Diplomas, & Certificates

For definitions of AAS, Diploma, and Certificates.


Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities for persons with a CDA credential or an AAS degree are available in public and private preschools, Early Start, Head Start, early intervention programs, and corporate-sponsored child care facilities. You can also transfer after completing your degree to a four-year institution to work towards a teaching degree.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements. See the college's general admission requirements. However, if you want to transfer your IECE AAS to a four-year teacher education program, you will find that these programs require at least a 21 or 22 on your ACT--regardless of your degree completion at HCC.

Length of Program

The program can be completed in two years if you take 15 to 18 credit hours per semester. General education classes should be taken along with curriculum classes.

Opportunities for More Education

Your AAS degree can act as two years of a four-year program by transferring your degree to another institution (2+2). Agreements exist with several institutions. Speak with your program coordinator about your transfer options.


Dr. Vernell Larkin, Program Coordinator
Office: Hopkinsville Campus, Academic Building 154
Phone:(270) 707-3875

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog . You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.