Certified School Counselor (RANK1)

Rank 1 Program for Certified School Counselor (CPS RK1CSC )
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Counseling and Human Development

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

Admission Requirements

Graduates of the University of Louisville MEd in Counseling and Personnel Services program, with a concentration School Guidance Counseling, are eligible to pursue this Rank 1 program.

Candidates who have completed a master’s degree in School Guidance Counseling from other institutions must provide documentation, before applying for admission, that they have completed the requirements leading to the provisional and standard certificates in Kentucky.

Students may apply to the program by first going to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies website. 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
  • Kentucky certification as a School Counselor
  • For international students, TOEFL (students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.)

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.

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

Please contact the Director of Graduate Student Services in the Education Advising and Student Services Office for more information at (502) 852-5597.

Rank 1 Program in Certified School Counseling (P-12)

Inquiry
Select one of the following:
ELFH 600Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics3
or EDAP 639 Education Research in P-12 Setting
Advocacy (Professional Leader)
Leadership
Select one of the following:3
Human Development
Learning Systems: Theory and Practice
Assessment Methods for Counselors
Developing Collaborative Groups: Facilitating, Coaching and Mentoring
Research in Infancy and Early Childhood
Group Process and Practice
Diversity
Select one of the following:3
Using Assessment to Improve Student Achievement
Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners
Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences
Introduction to Gifted Education
Multicultural and Diversity Issues
Area of Emphasis
Select at least 12 credit hours; may be chosen from courses above that are NOT taken to meet the Advocacy requirement12
Electives
Select 9 credit hours from the following: 19
Introduction to Educational Technology: Integrating Technology into Instruction
Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse
Graduate Seminar in Educational and Counseling Psychology
Advanced Counseling Seminar
Introduction to Exceptional Children
Applied Behavior Analysis
Prior Masters degree in School Counseling
The number of semester hours required to complete Rank 1 2
Minimum Total Hours30

Exit Requirement

A portfolio is required for successful completion of this program.

Notes

  1. The candidate for Rank 1 should hold a School Counseling certificate and a master's degree in School Counseling which includes the requirements leading to both provisional and standard licensure.
  2. The Rank 1 classification shall require the completion of 60 semester hours of approved graduate level credit including a master's degree.
  3. Candidates will plan the Rank 1 program in consultation with a faculty advisor in the ECPY Department prior to enrolling in Rank 1 courses.
  4. Of the total number of hours on the Rank 1 program, at least 15 credit hours beyond the master's degree must be taken at the University of Louisville. The remaining credit hours may be taken at the University of Louisville, or upon approval of the faculty advisor, at other institutions. There is no stipulation as to recency of completion of Rank I credit.
  5. All coursework for Rank 1 must carry graduate credit, and no less than half must be earned in courses open only to graduate students.
  6. An academic average of 3.0 is required on the course hours submitted for Rank I, and no credit will be accepted for courses carrying a grade lower than C.
  7. The resulting School Counseling certification will include grades P-12.
  8. A portfolio is required for successful completion of this program.