Middle Grades Education (RANK1)

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply to the program by first going to the Graduate School website. Admission requirements include the following credentials:

  • Graduate application.
  • 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.
  • All applicants for whom English is a second language must also submit official TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 213 or higher on the computer-based test. English proficiency can also be met by submitting official IELTS scores of at least 6.5 overall band score from the academic module exam or official Duolingo overall score of 105.  Students holding a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the United States may be 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, 
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
Advocacy (Professional Leader)
Select one of the following:
Curriculum Theory
Using Assessment to Improve Student Achievement
Developing Collaborative Groups: Facilitating, Coaching and Mentoring
Creating Equitable & Reliable Learning Environments
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 fifteen (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.


 Course project must address all of the Kentucky Academic Standards.