Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education – Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Admissions Requirements

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.
  1. Official transcript from an accredited institution verifying a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 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.
  2. Successful completion of the following PRAXIS pre-professional skills assessments:
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Reading (5712) – 156;
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Writing (5722) – 162; and
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE): Mathematics (5732) – 150, OR
Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with the following corresponding scores:
  • Verbal with a minimum score of 150,
  • Quantitative with a minimum score of 143, and
  • Analytical Writing with a minimum score of 4.0.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Submission of a graduate application form.
  4. 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.
  5. Proof of CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Central Registry Check from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Eligibility to Continue in the Program

In order to continue in the IECE MAT program, the student must achieve and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Exit Requirements

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Submission and review of the program completion portfolio demonstrating proficient performance of the competencies for early childhood educators.
  3. Attainment of state mandated pass scores on required PRAXIS examination(s). Current requirement is a score of 166 on Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0023).
  4. Complete the College of Education online training module on diversity. Degree candidates will be notified of this requirement at the time of admission and must complete prior to program completion.


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. In order to begin the KTIP year, candidates must pass the IECE PRAXIS. Candidates must complete the IECE certification program and KTIP within three years of initial hire with temporary provisional certification. If candidates fail to complete the program and KTIP, they will no longer be highly qualified for IECE.

Program Requirements


EDSP 601Survey of Exceptional Children


EDF 610Advanced Human Growth and Development


EDF 680History and Philosophy of Education


Total Credit Hours:0-9

EDSP 601: or a previously taken equivalent introduction to special education course taken at the graduate or the undergraduate level.

EDF 610, EDF 680: or a previously taken equivalent introduction to professional education course taken at the graduate or the undergraduate level.

Concentration in IECE


IECE 654Administration in Early Childhood Programs


IECE 615Families and Young Children


IECE 655Advanced Early Childhood Assessment


EDEC 637Early Childhood Education


EDSP 605Early Childhood Special Education


IECE 631Guidance for Young Children


EDEC 627Infant and Toddler Curriculum


IECE 601Early Intervention


Total Credit Hours:24

Sections of the supervised practicum courses designated for IECE candidates will be offered.


IECE 650Seminar: Early Childhood Education


EDUC 651Practicum II


IECE 651Seminar: Infant and Toddler


For candidates enrolled in Option 6 with temporary provisional certification
EDEC 600Workshop


Repeated each semester of employment with Temporary Provisional Certification.
For candidates enrolled in Traditional program
EDUC 650Practicum I


Total Credit Hours:16-18

Research Competency

EDF 600Research Methods in Education


Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 43-54