Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Children sittingIf you love kids and want to make a difference in young lives, you might be a great preschool teacher. Research shows that providing high quality educational programs for our youngest children is an investment in the future. The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program at OCTC can give you the tools to have a big impact on little ones. Our graduates gain an understanding of the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development for working with young children. Our students benefit from excellent classroom instruction and practical experiences that prepare them for this rewarding field.

Available Credentials

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education: 66-69 credit hours


  • Child Care Assistant: 9 credit hours
  • Early Childhood Administrator: 12 credit hours
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Technical Certificate: 36 credit hours
  • Kentucky Child Care Provider: 3 credit hours
  • School Age: 15 credit hours


For course sequence, see the program card.
For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

IECE Scholarship

The Early Childhood Development Scholarship is available for students who meet certain eligibility requirements. This scholarship is a non-repayable tuition scholarship, and is only available to students in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program. For more information please go to

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.

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.

What is CDA?

The Child Development Associate (CDA) program is a national credentialing program initiated in 1971 for the recognition of early childhood professionals. A competency based assessment and credentialing process is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. More than 300,000 child care providers have earned the CDA credential.

Applying for the CDA Credential is a big commitment. However, working towards the credential can be a rewarding experience. It offers caregivers an opportunity to:

  • Take a look at their own work in relation to national standards.
  • Get feedback and support from people who have experience working with children and knowledge about early childhood education/child development.
  • Improve their skills in ways that are satisfying for themselves and beneficial for children.
  • Earn a professional credential that is recognized by early childhood educators nationwide.
  • For more information about the national CDA program, go to the Council's website,

Owensboro Community and Technical College offers course work specifically designed to address the requirements and standards of the CDA credential for center-based preschool and infant/toddler caregivers, family child care providers, and home visitors.

For more information

Michelle Edwards
Program Coordinator

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.

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood

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: developmental ages and stages, health and safety, curriculum planning, assessment, and family involvement. Use the contact info on the page to learn more!