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B.S. in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education with Montessori Program Studies

The Montessori Method is a child-centered, scientifically based, educational program designed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It is a discovery oriented learning program that emphasizes hands on, collaborative exploration within beautifully prepared classroom environments that support the development of the whole child. Our Montessori course content covers child growth and development; education and service requirements for children with exceptionalities; assessment, curriculum, and instruction; the prepared learning environment; collaboration; and professionalism.

Course Offerings

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) with Montessori Program Studies: 99-101 Hours

Foundation Courses: 15 Hours

Take each course on this list:
ED 199 Entry to Teacher Preparation 0
ECE 111 Educational Foundations of Early Childhood 3
ECE 130 Child Development I 3
ECE 140 Guidance of the Young Child 3
ECE 230 Child Development II 3
IEC 301 The IECE Profession 3

Pedagogy Courses: 48 Hours

ECE 216 Introduction to Special Education in Early Childhood Education 3
ECE 270 Observation and Assessment 3
ECE 280 Approaches to Curriculum and Methods 3
IEC 360 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early Childhood Education 3
IEC 381 Language and Literacy Methodology 3
IEC 382 Arts and Humanities Methodology 3
IEC 383 Math, Science, and Social Studies Methodology 3
IEC 384 Interactive and Assistive Technologies 3
IEC 385 Infant and Toddler Methodology 3
IEC 416 Special Education Procedures and Strategies in IECE 3
IEC 420 Teaching Kindergarten 3
IEC 440 Positive Behavior Supports 3
IEC 460 Working with Families in Early Intervention 3
IEC 470 Advanced Assessment in IECE 3
IEC 480 Advanced Curriculum and Methods in IECE 3
IEC 400 Current Issues in Early Childhood Profession 3
(taken when topic is Global Perspectives)

Clinical Practice in Montessori: 15-18 Hours

ED 450 Student Teaching 12
IEC 498 Montessori Practicum/Seminars 3
IEC 499 Montessori Practicum/Seminars II 3
If ED 450 placement is in Montessori Public School Preschool & Kindergarten, IEC 499 is waived.

Montessori Area Foundation and Pedagogy Courses: 18 Hours

IEC 325 Foundations of Montessori Education 3
IEC 326 Practical Life/Culture Methodology 3
IEC 327 Sensorial Methodology 3
IEC 328 Language/Literacy Methodology 3
IEC 329 Math Methodology 3
IEC 450 Classroom Leadership – Montessori 3

Recommended Elective: 3 Hours

Courses Offered at:
  • Campbellsville
  • Elizabethtown
  • Louisville
  • Owensboro
  • Somerset