Course Descriptions

IEC 101

  • Orientation to Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Provides a practical and realistic introduction to the early childhood profession. Satisfies the requirements for the Kentucky Commonwealth Child Care Credential and satisfies a portion of the training component of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
  • Required: 20 hours of field experience.

IEC 102

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Builds on a student’s knowledge of appropriate practices for children birth to eight (8) years of age. Satisfies a portion of the training component of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
  • Required: 20 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)

IEC 120

  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: This course develops an understanding of components and skills necessary for maintaining a healthy and safe environment for young children.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience.

IEC 130

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Addresses the physical, language, cognitive, social and emotional development of children beginning with conception. Includes methods of observation that are practiced during field experiences.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)

IEC 170

  • Observation and Assessment
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Presents the process of observation, documentation, and assessment. Includes assessment skills, identification of appropriate methods and instruments, and linking results to planning, guidance, and instruction. Emphasizes recommended practices, ethical and legal responsibilities for educators, and the role of the family in the process.
  • Required: 20 hours of field experience.
  • Prerequisite: IECE 101, IECE 102, IECE 130 or coordinator’s approval. Not available via distance learning.

IEC 180

  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education Curriculum
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Introduces theoretical perspectives for curriculum in early childhood programs. Teaches the design of curriculum and examines the societal factors that impact programming for young children.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience.
  • Prerequisite: IECE 101, IECE 102, IECE 130 or coordinator’s approval.

IEC 190

  • Applied Experiences in Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Students will participate in supervised teaching experiences in early childhood settings. Skills will include observing, planning, implementing and assessing learning experiences based on developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Lecture: 1 hour,
  • Laboratory: 6 hours (100 hours of field experience).
  • Prerequisite: Any 100 level IECE course or coordinator’s approval.

IEC 200

  • Child Guidance
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Examines appropriate methods for guiding children and promoting the development of prosocial behaviors.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)
  • Prerequisite: IECE 130 or coordinator’s approval.

IEC 210

  • Families and Communities in Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Examines community programs that focus on forming partnerships with families to support child development and family well-being. Builds an awareness of family in context of a diverse society to create respect, build reciprocal relationships, and empower families.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience.

IEC 216

  • Literacy & Language in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: This course will aid the student in bringing together language theory with classroom instruction techniques to promote language and literacy development in young children.
  • Required:10 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)
  • Prerequisite: IECE 180 or coordinator’s approval. Not available via distance learning.

IEC 221

  • Creative Expressions in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Addresses the role of creativity as it relates to the development of young children. Studies a variety of art, music, drama, and movement experiences that encourage creative expression in young children. Implementation of appropriate creative activities in a child-centered environment is included.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)
  • Prerequisite: IECE 180 or coordinator’s approval. Not available via distance learning.

IEC 230

  • Business Administration of ECE Programs
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Students are introduced to the many facets of establishing, operating and/or owning an early childhood program. Topics include legal forms for early childhood programs, finance, accounting, insurance, governmental regulations and assistance, economics, marketing and management principles.

IEC 235

  • Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Introduces and sensitizes the student to exceptionalities that occur in the development of children. Includes the law as related to serving children with exceptionalities and their families, various disabling conditions, the gifted, advocacy, home-based intervention, referral sources and the process of diagnosing, treating, and educating children with exceptionalities.
  • Required: 20 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)
  • Prerequisite: IECE 180 or coordinator’s approval. Not available via distance learning.

IEC 240

  • Administration of Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Focuses on the administrative responsibilities of creating and implementing quality education programs for young children and their families. Develops an understanding of administrative, organizational, and legal responsibilities in operating early childhood programs.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)

IEC 246

  • Sciences and Math in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Applies the concepts and principles of sciences, social studies, mathematics and health in learning experiences for young children. Students will plan and prepare developmentally appropriate curriculum including activities, materials, and units.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience. . (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)
  • Prerequisite: IECE 180 or coordinator’s approval. Not available via distance learning.

IEC 250

  • School Age Child Care
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: This course provides the student with specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities for working with school age children.

IEC 260

  • Infant/Toddler Programming
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Examines the developmental and educational needs of children from birth to age three. Provides an opportunity for students to plan, prepare, and implement the care and educational environment for children birth to age three by integrating an understanding of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development with developmentally appropriate practices for each stage.
  • Required: 10 hours of field experience. (Faculty may waive this requirement for students that are concurrently enrolled in IECE 291.)

IEC 291

  • Practicum/Cooperative Education in IECE
  • Credits: 3
  • Descriptions: Requires participation in supervised teaching experiences in early childhood settings where practical skills are applied. Includes observing, planning, implementing, and assessing learning experiences based on developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Required: 225 field hours of experience.
  • Prerequisite: IECE 101, IECE 102, IECE 120, IECE 130, IECE 140, IECE 180, or coordinator’s approval. Not available via distance learning.

IEC 299

  • Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Credits: 1-3
  • Descriptions: An in-depth knowledge of a selected topic in early childhood education is the goal of this course. The topic of study may be the student’s choice per instructor’s approval or an issue or topic developed by an instructor for course presentation.
  • Prerequisite: Coordinator’s Approval