Early Childhood Education (Pre-K) | GCTC

Early Childhood Education (Pre-K)

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?

The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) Program is designed to provide students 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.

What are my career options?

Employment opportunities are available in public and private preschools, early care educational settings, early intervention programs, Head Start, hospitals, campus child development centers, rehabilitation clinics and recreation centers.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education: 60-64 Total credit hours Academic Plan
Kentucky Child Care Provider - Certificate: 3 Total Credit Hours  Academic Plan
Child Care Assistant - Certificate: 9 Total Credit Hours  Academic Plan
Early Childhood Administrator - Certificate: 12 Total Credit Hours Academic Plan
School Age Child Care - Certificate: 15 Total Credit Hours Academic Plan

Length of Program

The Associate in Applied Science degree can be completed in two years if students enter without prior experience or course credits and take five classes in the fall and spring semesters. The time to degree may vary. Students with a CDA can be awarded six credit hours toward the program. Students can complete the certificate programs in one to two semesters and along the way to the associate degree.

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.

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Early Childhood Development Scholarship Information

Students pursuing a certificate or degree in Early Childhood Education at Gateway may be eligible for a full tuition scholarship through the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). Additional information can be found on KHEAA. Please contact Hallie Barth, Early Care and Education Coach, at hallie.barth@uky.edu or (859) 442-4161 for more information.

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Program Contact

Dr. Beth VanWassenhove

Early Childhood Education

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

(859) 442-1185