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The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education prepares individuals with or without prior teacher preparation to work with young children from birth through kindergarten. It leads to teacher certification and a master's degree. No prior teaching experience is required to enroll in the program, and once admitted into the program you may be employed as a fully qualified teacher in Kentucky schools as you work on completing your degree. 

Program Requirements

The first step is admission to Morehead State University, see admission requirements.
For course lists and program requirements, please refer to the graduate catalog.
If you have questions about Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education MAT program requirements, contact Dr. April Miller at 606-783-2857 or

Complete the application packet below:

There are two routes through which you can complete IECE MAT Certification:
  • Option Six Program: A student is admitted to the Option Six program for middle grades  5-9 or secondary MAT when he/she obtains a full-time teaching position within a Kentucky accredited school. At that time a Temporary Provisional Certificate can be issued, which is valid for one year and must be renewed each additional year through the MAT program for a total of three years
  • Traditional Program: A student will be admitted to the Traditional Program for middle grades 5-9 or secondary MAT if he/she wishes to complete the student teaching requirement as per KY EPSB regulations.

Program admission requirements are based on state requirements for entrance to a teacher education/alternative track programs, as well as common elements for MSU teacher education programs. Applicants must meet the following admission criteria. (Students cannot be conditionally admitted to this program or admitted as unclassified.) To meet certification regulations, IECE MAT students must, depending on their employment and certification status, satisfy the practicum requirement in one of two ways:

  • Option 1 ( for students employed as the lead teacher in a public preschool or Head Start classroom with temporary provisional certification - Option 6 under state regulations ): Complete a minimum of four credit hours of  EDEC 600  (enrolled for one credit each semester). Under Option 1, students will complete the program with a minimum of 43 credit hours.
  • Option 2 ( for students NOT currently employed as a lead teacher - Traditional under state regulations ): Complete six credit hours of  EDUC 650  during final semester. Under Option 2, students will complete the program with a minimum of 45 credit hours.

GPA Requirements

You  must present an official transcript from an accredited institution verifying a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; or a GPA of 3.0 on a four point scale on the last 30 hours of coursework taken at either the graduate or undergraduate level.

Testing Requirements

Successful completion of pre-professional skills assessments tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (applicants in a teacher ed preparation program may have already met the PPST requirements, however the scores must have met the PPST scores in place set forth by KyOLE at the time, and those scores are valid for 10 years).

Each exam consists of a mathematics, reading and writing section.

Note: PPST exam scores and CASE exam scores are valid for 10 years.

GRE Requirements

The GRE consists of a writing, verbal and quantitative section.

Note: GRE scores are valid for 5 years.

Additional Requirements

  • Submission of a national and state criminal history background check by the Kentucky State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that meets the requirements of Kentucky House Bill 204
  • Proof of CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Central Registry Check from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Can Check Application

Students are responsible for keeping up to date with the testing requirements found on the Education Professional Standards Board website which are subject to change.

  • Completion of and successful evaluation by program faculty of an admission interview demonstrating 1) effective communication, 2) creativity, 3) critical thinking, 4) ability to effectively collaborate with others, and 5) an understanding of the professional dispositions required of teachers.
  • A signed statement that the applicant has read and understands the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel and Kentucky's fitness and character requirements for teachers.

Once a candidate is admitted to the MAT program, he/she must begin taking classes within 90-days and are immediately eligible to be employed as a highly qualified teacher with temporary provisional certification. At time of admission to the program, candidates will be eligible to be employed with temporary provisional certification.



For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information, visit the graduate catalog website. 

Foundation Courses- EDSP 601 and EDF 610 to be taken within the first 12 credit hours - 9 hours total

  • EDSP 601  Survey of Exceptional Children                                         3 credit hours
  • EDF 680 History and Philosophy of Education                                    3 credit hours
  • EDF 610 Advanced Human Growth and Development                       3 credit hours                                              

Methods: Specialization in IECE- 24 hours total

  • IECE 654 Administration in Early Childhood Programs                        3 credit hours
  • IECE 615 Families and Young Children                                                3 credit hours
  • IECE 655 Advanced Early Childhood Assessment                               3 credit hours
  • EDEC 637 Early Childhood Education                                                  3 credit hours
  • EDSP 605 Early Childhood Special Education                                     3 credit hours
  • IECE 631 Guidance for Young Children                                                3 credit hours
  • EDEC 627 Infant and Toddler Curriculum                                             3 credit hours
  • IECE 601 Early Intervention                                                                  3 credit hours

Practicum: 9 hours total

  • EDUC 651 Practicum II (Early Intervention, must take in the Spring)  6 credit hours
  • IECE 651 Seminar: Infant and Toddler                                                 3 credit hours

Student Teaching: 9 hours total

  • EDUC 650 Practicum I (Student Teaching, must complete in the fall)  6 credit hours
  • IECE 650 Seminar: Early Childhood Education                                    3 credit hours

Note: Traditional certification candidates who are not employed with temporary provisional certification are required to complete 200 hours of field experience (associated with program courses) and all coursework prior to registering for a full semester (or 70 days) of student teaching in EDUC 650.

Research Competency: 3 hours total

  •  EDF 600 Research Methods in Education                                           3 credit hours

Exit Criteria

  • Pass all coursework.
  • Pass appropriate Praxis exams.
  • maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Career Opportunities

IECE certification will qualify you to serve as one of the following in Kentucky:

  • Developmental Interventionist (DI) with First Steps, Kentucky’s early intervention system for infants and toddlers with disabilities/delays 
  • Preschool teacher in the public school system 
  • Kindergarten teacher in the public school system 

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