Secondary Education (RANK1)

Rank 1 Program in Secondary Education (SE RK1SAP​)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Middle and Secondary Education Department
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/rank

Program Information

Rank 1 programs are not degree programs. 

Rank 1 programs are planned, graduate-level programs designed for Kentucky teachers seeking rank change for salary purposes.   They are recognized only in the state of Kentucky.  By state regulation, Rank 1 status is sixty (60) hours of approved graduate credit including a master's degree.

Teachers who complete a Rank 1 program may obtain a Rank change for salary purposes in Kentucky. Through a Rank 1 program, teachers may increase their depth of knowledge in their teaching areas or in additional areas of certification, as appropriate.

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply to the program by first going to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies web site.

Admission requirements include the following credentials:

  • Official transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 in the Bachelor's degree and a GPA of 3.0 in the master's degree.
  • Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators)Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
  • TOEFL (Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.)
  • Teaching certificate in grades 8-12, P-12, or 5-12 and a master's degree/Rank II
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement

Please have transcripts sent to:

School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
Graduate Admissions

University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292 

If transcripts are sent electronically, please have them sent to the following email: gradadm@louisville.edu

Rank 1 Program in Secondary Education Advanced Practitioner

(For students who have earned a master's degree)

Inquiry
Select one of the following:3
Education Research in P-12 Setting
Applied Statistics (or research course equivalency approved by advisor)
Advocacy
Leadership (Professional Leader)
Select one of the following:3
Curriculum Theory
Using Assessment to Improve Student Achievement
Developing Collaborative Groups: Facilitating, Coaching and Mentoring
Shaping School Culture and Community
Diversity
Select one of the following:3
Teaching English Learners in the Classroom
Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners
Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences
Developing Cross-Cultural Competence: Teaching Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Area of Emphasis12
Electives6
Action (Problem Solver)3
Teacher Leadership in Practice
Minimum Total Hours30

Minimum of 15 credit hours in 600-level courses is required.

Up to 15 credit hours of graduate credit may be transferred to the Rank 1 program, as long as the student will have completed 60 credit hours of approved graduate credit including a master's degree at the end of the Rank 1 program.  Transfer credit must be officially accepted by the advisor and final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts.

In the Rank 1 program, at least 15 credit hours of new graduate coursework must be taken at the University of Louisville.

To complete the program, students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  No grade lower than B-minus will be accepted.

Midpoint Requirement

Candidates are required to submit a mid-point performance assessment at the completion of 15 credit hours of coursework. The faculty advisor will assess the candidate's performance assessment, which must be at the exemplary or target level.  The performance assessment must address content, classroom environment, teaching, assessing, and reflection, through an artifact (such as a video), to document professional learning.

Exit Requirements:  Hallmark Assessment Task to be completed in EDAP 681 or equivalent project that demonstrates proficiency in the Kentucky Academic Standards.