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School of Teacher Education

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

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Certification

New Teacher Standards for Preparation and Certification:
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Birth to Primary
16 KAR 2:040

http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/kar/016/002/040.htm

 

Courses in the IECE  MAE initial certification concentration and the Planned Sixth Year (Rank I) program are based upon the IECE New Teacher Standards. Competencies are demonstrated via critical performances and are representative of the following standards.

Standard I: Designs/Plans Instruction
The Interdisciplinary Early Childhood (IECE) educator designs and plans experiences and instruction that support the development and learning of infants, toddlers, preschool children, and kindergarten children including those with disabilities.

Standard II: Creates/Maintains Environments
The IECE educator creates and maintains learning environments in a variety of settings that support the development and learning of infants, toddlers, preschool children, and kindergarten children including those with disabilities.

Standard III: Implements Instruction
The IECE educator introduces, implements, facilitates experiences and instruction that support development and learning for infants, toddlers, preschool children, and kindergarten children including those with disabilities.

Standard IV: Assesses & Communicates Learning Results
The IECE educator, in collaboration with others, assesses the development and ongoing learning of infants, toddlers, preschool children, and kindergarten children including those with disabilities and communicates those results with partners including families.

Standard V: Reflects/Evaluates Teaching/Learning
The IECE educator reflects on and evaluates professional practices that support the development and learning of infants, toddlers, preschool children, and kindergarten children including those with disabilities.

Standard VI: Collaborates with Colleagues/ Families/Others
The IECE educator collaborates and consults with team members including colleagues, families, primary caregivers, agency personnel, and other service personnel to design and implement experiences and instruction that support the development and learning of infants, toddlers, preschool children, and kindergarten children including those with disabilities.

Standard VII: Engages in Professional Development
The IECE educator engages in self-evaluation of professional practices and implements a professional development plan to improve his/her performance.

Standard VIII: Supports Families
The IECE educator supports families through family-centered services that promote independence and self-determination.

Standard IX: Demonstrates Implementation of Technology
The teacher uses technology to support instruction; access and manipulate data; enhance professional growth and productivity; communicate and collaborate with colleagues, families, and the community; and conduct research.

Requirements for an IECE Certificate:

  • minimum of a baccalaureate degree
  • completion of an IECE preparation program
  • passing score on the IECE Praxis II (0023) of a minimum of 166
  • completion of an internship during first year of teaching following completion of the certification program

If you have questions about requirements, contact the Education Professional Standards Board.


Questions and Answers

1. What is in the IECE specialty test? Where can I take the test?
The IECE specialty test is given at Kentucky universities at the same time as the National Teachers Exam (PRAXIS). Contact your local university’s Teacher Certification Office or the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) in Frankfort for a registration bulletin, or go to the ETS web page here.

2. What is the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP)?
In Kentucky, teachers are required to complete an internship as part of their first year of employment after completing the preparation program. Internships may be completed only in approved settings, generally those that hold regional or national accreditation. The internship involves mentoring from an internship committee made up of the principal or director, a resource teacher, and a university teacher educator. Check with the Education Professional Standards Board.

 

For more information contact your local university or The Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB)
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 573-4606, Toll Free number (888) 598-7667
Fax: (502) 573-1610
Web page: www.kyepsb.net

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 Last Modified 9/24/14