Middle Grades Education (RANK1)

Rank 1 Program in Middle Grades Education Advanced Practitioner
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Advanced Teacher Certification Programs
Program Website 
Academic Plan Code(s): MSEDRK1MAP

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 60 credit 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 Graduate School 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.
  • 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 World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)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 Middle Grades Education and a master's degree/Rank II
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement

Please have transcripts sent to:

University of Louisville
Graduate School

Graduate Admissions
Houchens Building Room 105
Louisville, KY 40292

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

Rank 1 Requirements

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

Select one of the following:
Education Research in P-12 Setting
Applied Statistics (or research course equivalency approved by advisor)
Advocacy (Professional Leader)
Select one of the following:
Curriculum Theory
Using Assessment to Improve Student Achievement
Developing Collaborative Groups: Facilitating, Coaching and Mentoring
Shaping School Culture and Community
Select one of the following:
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 Emphasis12-18
Action (Problem Solver) 3
Teacher Leadership in Practice *
Minimum Total Hours30

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

Up to fifteen (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 masters 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 fifteen (15) credit hours of new graduate coursework must be taken at the University of Louisville.

To complete the program, students must have 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 to their faculty advisor 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, using an artifact (such as a video), to document professional learning.

Exit Requirements:  Hallmark Assessment Task for EDAP 681 or equivalent project that demonstrates proficiency in the Kentucky Teacher Performance Standards.