Educational Administration (Rank 1)

Admission Requirements

Graduates of the University of Louisville EdS in Educational Administration, are eligible to pursue this Rank 1 program.

Candidates who have completed a specialist’s degree in Educational Administration 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 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
  • For international students, TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo (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 the Graduate School.

If transcripts are sent electronically, please have them sent to the following email:

Please contact the Office of Educator Preparation Student Services at or 502-852-0411 for more information.

Program Requirements

Rank I Program in Educational Administration

Inquiry (Select one of the following)3
Applied Statistics
Research Concepts and Design
Qualitative Field Research Methods
Advocacy (Professional Leader)
Leadership: (Select one of the following)3
Administration and Supervision in Special Education
Fundamentals of School Leadership
District Leadership: The Contemporary Superintendent
Advanced Organizational Theory
Diversity: (Select one of the following)3
Collaboration and Communication for Effective Leadership
Creating Equitable & Reliable Learning Environments
Instructional Planning for Student Learning and Achievement
Social and Emotional Development in a Diverse Environment
Area of Emphasis (in consultation with advisor)12-18
Electives (in consultation with advisor)0-6
Action (select one of the following)3
Systems for Change: Continuous School Improvement-A Clinical Practicum
Reflective Practice for School Leaders
Minimum Total Hours30

Mid-Point Requirement: Candidates are required to submit a mid-point performance assessment to their faculty advisor at the completion of 15 credit hours of coursework and designed collaboratively with the faculty advisor. The faculty advisor will assess the candidate's performance assessment, which must be at the exemplary or accomplished level.  The performance assessment must address the PSEL standards and include a leadership profile and personal growth goal to be assessed in the exit portfolio and/or oral defense of the portfolio.

Exit Assessment:  Hallmark Assessment Task for LEAD 679 OR LEAD 782 or equivalent project that demonstrates proficiency in the PSEL Standards; Course project must address all of the PSEL Standards including artifacts associated with each standard submission. Additionally, an updated leadership profile and a reflection of personal progress toward the midpoint growth goal is required. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.  No course credit equivalent to a GPA of 2.5 or lower will be accepted.