School Social Work (RANK1)

Rank 1 Program in School Social Work
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Special Education
Program Website 
Academic Plan Code(s): SW_ _RK1

Program Information

Rank 1 programs are not degree programs. 

The Rank 1 program in School Social Work includes the School Social Work Specialization. It is designed for the Advanced Practitioner P-12.

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) credit hours of approved graduate credit including a master's degree.

Admission Requirements

Students in this Rank-1 program are required to satisfy/provide the following:

  • Admission to Graduate School
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement
  • Completion of Official Program along with School Social Work specialization program sheet.

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

  • Teaching certificate
  • TOEFL (Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.)
  • There may be additional admission requirements, depending on the Rank 1 program that you select. Please contact the Teaching and Learning Department for specific information.
  • 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.

Please have transcripts sent to:

Graduate School
Graduate Admissions 

University of Louisville 
Louisville, KY 40292 

If transcripts are sent electronically, please have them sent to

Contact information:

Kent School of Social Work
Dr. Andy Frey
(502) 852-0431

CEHD Education Advising and Student Services
(502) 852-5597

Certification Requirements

Rank 1 Program in School Social Work

Inquiry (Critical Thinker)
SW 668Advanced Research Practice I3
SW 669Advanced Research Practice II3
Select one of the following:3
Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention
Psychometrics and Affective Instrument Development
Instructional Technology
or ELFH 575
Principles of Educational Leadership
or ELFH 607
Select one of the following: 1
EDSP 545Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom3
or EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children
Action (Problem Solver)
EDSP 669Single Subject Research Methods and Designs3
Area of Emphasis
Select at least 15 credit hours:15
School Social Work: Policy and Practice 2
Applied Behavior Analysis 2
Mental Health
Death & Grief
Human Development
Learning Theory and Human Growth and Development
Select 3 credit hours:3
Foundations of School Counseling
Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse
Counselor Education Seminar: Promoting Social Change-Leadership
Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders
Group Methods
Motivation and Change: The Process of Change and Strategies to Elicit Intrinsic Motivation.
Legal Issues in Special Education
Autism: Strategies and Techniques
Research Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Minimum Total Hours33

Exit Requirements

Hallmark Assessment Task for EDSP 669 or equivalent project that demonstrates proficiency in the Advanced-Level Kentucky Teacher Standards.

Course project must address all of the Advanced-Level Kentucky Teacher Standards. Successful completion of portfolio.

Additional Requirements

A minimum of 15 credit hours of 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 credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than a B-minus

Some courses are required for students completing the School Social Work specialization and Rank 1 program.

This degree program sheet must be accompanied by a signed School Social Work specialization program sheet as well.