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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Inspire a love of learning. You’ll learn about children's growth from birth through age five and prepare to work in preschools, Head Start programs or childcare centers.

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What Is Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education?

In the IECE program, you will gain an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of children from birth through age five. Topics of discussion include growth and development, health, safety, curriculum planning, assessment, and family involvement.

What are my career choices?

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 childcare facilities.

Graduates of the program with the Associate in Applied Science may earn as much as $20 per hour at regional and local Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. 

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (45-48 credit hours)


  • Child Care Assistant (9 credit hours)
  • Early Childhood Administrator (12 credit hours)
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Technical Studies (33 credit hours)
  • Kentucky Child Care Provider (3 credit hours)

Additional Information

Kentucky Child Care Provider: 3 Total credit hours
Child Care Assistant: 9 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Early Childhood Administrator: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
School Age Child Care: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Technical Studies: 63 - 67 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education: 63 - 67 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult MCC's general admission requirements.

IECE Scholarship

Students who work 20 hours or more in a licensed early childhood setting/child care are eligible to apply for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship (ECDS) following the directions below.

If you live in Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Caldwell, or Crittenden Counties, and need assistance or more information, please contact Debbie Sisco ( If you reside in Webster County, contact Stephanie Koeller (  

Scholarship applications for the fall are accepted between April 16, 2024, and July 15, 2024.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Sign In
  3. Enter your User ID and Password
    If you do not have an account, click on Need to Register
    - Enter e-mail
    - Will receive a security code to verify e-mail
    - Create profile
    - Register
  4. After logged in, click on MyKHEAA
  5. Apply online for scholarship
  6. Early Childhood Development Scholarship
  7. Answer all six scholarship questions and click on Continue 
  8. Type in the EXACT name of the college or university that the scholar is planning to attend. Scholars can also search for a school by just typing the name of the city or town where the home campus is located in the “City box” (note: this is usually the easiest way to locate the school) Also, the following school has changed its name recently:
    Paducah Community College is now West Kentucky Community & Technical College
  9. After you have located your school on the Search for your school page click the Select Button and click on Continue
  10. Complete all required student information boxes and click on Continue
  11. Complete all required program of study, credit hour (Note: 1 college class normally = 3 credit hours), academic term & age group information and click on Continue

The next page is the “Congratulations! You have successfully applied for: Early Childhood Development Scholarship”. At this point the scholar MUST click on the employer certification form and print the form for their employer to complete and sign. ***Please keep in mind that if you exit the application without printing the form you will have to go back through each screen and fill in missing information again to get to the last page to print it***

After having your employer complete and sign the paper “Employer Certification Form” you should return the form to:
ATTN: Debbie Sisco, Early Care and Education Coach

All scholarship applicants must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship. The application for Federal Student Aid should be filled out as soon as possible. If you do not qualify for financial aid, you will still be eligible for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship if you meet all the other requirements of the ECDS. Please remember that no scholarship money is awarded without the FAFSA on file. It is a requirement. 

Go to to fill out the FAFSA. If you need help, contact your school’s financial aid office.

The 2024-2025 FAFSA will be good for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025.


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.

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.

I walked into the office of April Grace in the Spring of 2016. I vividlypaula-tabor remember being so nervous because I was working 2 jobs, raising 2 boys, single full-time mom. But I knew I had to make a change. I couldn’t continue with where I was in life. I grew up in extreme poverty and my ACT score was a 10.  

It took me a while to openly admit that and not be afraid to say it. I endured a lot in my childhood, as a teenage mom, and dropped out of college twice. Life had become extremely hard. I wanted so much more for my boys and my life. I felt it in my heart as well, God put a calling on my life for this.  

So, as I sat there with Miss April, she talked with me about where I was in life and what I wanted to get out of this. I wanted my Associate in IECE (Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education). April and I talked more. She knew my concerns, and she knew I was in a hard place in life. In order for me to go back to college, I had to quit my second job. I knew I was in for a long, bumpy road, but I always told myself, “The time will pass anyway, so you might as well make use of it.”

April looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to finish this, and I have a feeling you’re going to keep going.” She spoke life into me before I even saw it in myself. I started MCC that fall. The IECE program helped me grow in so many ways, especially the way April Grace taught us. She was present; she was hands-on; she cared. It made all the difference. We were taught with passion, and as students, we began to see and understand what Early Childhood Development really was.  

As a mother of two young boys, it really opened my eyes. It’s like I began to see life through new lenses. I connected the dots of my childhood and completely started to understand how my early years of life impacted me as a person, friend, sister, and especially a mother.  

I wanted to break the generational curses that plagued my family for decades. Slowly, but surely, I crawled my way through each semester. I had to take it slow because being a full-time mom with 2 active boys was hard. I worked and would tote my homework with me to their baseball and basketball games. We struggled together, but our bond became stronger.

I truly implemented what was taught to me in my classes at MCC with Miss April. It worked, and it worked in the classroom with the kiddos I had the privilege to teach. I grew each semester, and the program couldn’t have had a better teacher for the job. April allowed us to lead and make mistakes. She helped shape all of us during those semesters to be the absolute best teachers we could be.  

I would have never dreamed that I would have gone on for my Bachelors, but with the love and support of my family, the support of the IECE program at MCC, the support from April Grace, and the determination to give my boys the life I never had, I kept going. And I can honestly say, had it not been for that day in the office of April Grace, making those decisions and having the support of the program, I would not be where I am today.  

I went on to graduate with my Bachelors in IECE at Northern Kentucky University. It took me 5 ½ years to complete my Associates and Bachelors, but it was absolutely worth every second. It changed the lives of myself and my boys. I beat the odds, and I am now in a role where I am a Home Base Educator. I teach, but I go to the homes and develop relationships with these families.  

Many of the families are single-family homes and Impoverished, something I can absolutely relate to. I dove in and dug deeper with my families. Almost all of them were in the same boat I was in, stuck but didn’t know where to start to make a change.  

Want to know what I explained to them? The time will pass anyway. My families took that and ran. They knew my story, and I wasn’t giving up on them just like Miss April did with me. I know what it’s like to be where they're at. In this school year, I have gotten 3 single moms into college. One graduates this spring. They are doing it! They are breaking their generational curses, and this is where we can begin to change the world and the lives of so many children and families.

It is such a blessing that I am given this chance to teach and build these relationships with these amazing families. This is why God put this calling on my life. My oldest son took the initiative because he saw that hard work pays off. He is in the early graduation program and will graduate this year, a year early and start MCC in the fall. He is going into the medical field. He told me that he was ready to get his education and get his career going, because ‘The time will pass anyway.’  

In the pictures that you see, it is me at my office which I always dreamed of having. On my desk are the pictures of my amazing boys when I graduatedpaula-tabor-desk with my Associates and Bachelors. The apple is extremely sentimental because I will never forget the day Miss April gave it to me. She had switched to the new building and said, “Hey you want that; you can put it on your desk one day.” with a big smile on her face. I kept it in my kitchen for years as a reminder of why I’m doing this. Six years later, it sits on my desk. I am so grateful for the IECE Program, for MCC, and for April Grace. It all changed my life, and it HAS had a ripple effect, because now I am speaking life into these families just like Miss April did with us, and they are shooting for the stars!  

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Program Contact

April Grace

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Program Coordinator