Rank 1

Rank Programs for Certified Teachers

Rank I programs are planned graduate level programs designed for Kentucky teachers seeking rank change for salary purposes. Rank I programs are not degree programs. They are recognized only in the state of Kentucky. By state regulation, Rank I status is sixty (60) semester hours of approved graduate credit including a Master's degree.

Program List:

  • Rank I in Elementary Education
  • Rank I in Instructional Technology
  • Rank I in Middle Grades Education
  • Rank I in Secondary Education
  • Rank I in School Counseling
  • Rank I in Special Education (to enhance knowledge in a Special Education area for which the teacher is already certified; to add a Special Education area to the teaching license, a teacher would pursue the M.Ed. in Special Education).

Career Opportunities

Teachers who complete a Rank I program may obtain a Rank change for salary purposes in Kentucky. Through a Rank I program, teachers may increase their depth of knowledge in their teaching areas or in additional areas of certification, as appropriate.

***Please note:Individuals seeking certification or Rank I in Educational Administration should enroll in the Ed.S. program. Contact Phyllis Connelly for more information.

Coursework

Even though Rank I programs include some common coursework, they are flexible in terms of other course requirements within the program, depending on the teaching area and the student's interests. Please contact Aaron Phillips, 502-852-3214, in the Education Advising and Student Services Office to discuss your options.

Admissions Requirements

Students may apply to the program by first going to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies web site. 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 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
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292

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

  • 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 I program that you select. Please contact the Teaching and Learning Department for specific information.

Contact Us

Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
502-852-6431
Paula Gordon, Administrative Assistant

Department of Middle and Secondary Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Office: 502-852-6593
Desrie Nisbett, Program Coordinator

Department of Special Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Office: 502-852-6421
Barbara Bishop, Administrative Assistant

Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Counseling and College Student Personnel
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Office: 502-852-6884
Karen Barnes, Administrative Assistant

Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Office: 502-852-6667

Please note: Individuals seeking certification or Rank I in Educational Administration should enroll in the Education Specialist (Ed.S) program in Educational Administration.
Contact Dr. Phyllis Connelly for more information.

General Information

For general information on financial aid resources, please visit the University of Louisville's Student Financial Aid Office web site. The College of Education and Human Development has its own web page dedicated to financial aid that contains some extra information not listed here.

Please be aware that because the Rank I program is a Non-degree program and does not lead to a degree, there will be some financial aid sources for which the Rank I program will not qualify.

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) Scholarship

The CEHD has a long history of offering scholarships to prospective and current students pursuing an education degree program. The CEHD provides over $225,000 annually and selects recipients three times a year. Scholarship selection is competitive and applies to tuition only. Apply online for a CEHD Scholarship before the deadline (March 1st, June 1st and/or October 1st). Applicants should expect notification four to five weeks after the posted deadline.

Supervising and Resource Teachers

In recognition of valuable service to the preparation of teachers and the need for all teachers to have continual professional growth, a supervising teacher or a resource teacher for teacher interns may, with prior approval of the course-offering institution, take a maximum of six (6) credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution and pay no tuition. The postsecondary institution shall waive the tuition up to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.

To apply, you must complete the Tuition Waiver Certification for Supervising and Resource Teachers Application [PDF]. It should be completed by the supervising teacher, certified by their principal, and returned to our office. Return the form to the Student Financial Aid Office at UofL.

Please be aware that all applications must be received prior to the end of the registration period for the term you are requesting the credit be applied. Charges will NOT be paid for any forms received after the end of the registration period. Upcoming final registration dates are:
--Summer 2013 - May 13, 2013
--Fall 2013 - August 30, 2013

Additionally, forms received with signature dates earlier than the stated completion date will not be accepted.

Eligibility: Credit hours earned are calculated as follows (benefit is based on the duration of the role rather than the number of student teachers):
--Full supervisor: 7 - 8 weeks = 3 credit hours 14 - 15 weeks = 6 credit hours
--KTIP Resource Teachers: 15 weeks = 6 credit hours

Students may exercise the tuition waiver option up to twelve months following the assignment. Tuition benefits are paid directly to the University of Louisville. Tuition benefits cannot be paid to any other institutions, regardless of consortium, study abroad, and/or other programs for which tuition is not billed to the University.

1. If I move from the state of Kentucky, will my Rank I credit hours be recognized in other states?
No. The Rank I program is recognized only in the state of Kentucky. The credit hours earned while enrolled in the Rank I program will not transfer to another state for salary rank change purposes. The number of credit hours that may be transferred to an out-of-state institution may be limited as well.

2. I have been informed that I cannot receive financial aid while enrolled in a Rank I program. How can I obtain financial aid and complete the requirements for Rank I pay status?
Since a Rank I program is a Non-degree program and does not lead to a degree, federal regulations will not allow students enrolled in a Rank I program to obtain financial aid.
However, if you are enrolled in a degree program, you may be able to obtain financial aid. For example, you may complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) program or the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program (for Educational Administration) and also the requirements for Rank I pay status at the same time. Check with the Financial Aid Office to verify your specific status with regard to obtaining financial aid while enrolled in a second Master's degree program.

3. Is it possible to add an additional certification to my teaching license while enrolled in a Rank I program?
The Rank I program is fairly flexible, so depending on the certification you would like to add to your license, it may be possible to include additional certification in the Rank I program. Please consult your faculty advisor for options.

4. Can Rank I pay status be achieved through programs other than those in the Teaching and Learning Department?
Yes, the Educational and Counseling and Psychology Department offers the Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services with School Counseling certification. Rank I pay status can be achieved through this program.
Also, the Educational Leadership, Foundations and Human Resource Education Department offers the Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration with Principalship, Supervisor, Director of Special Education, or Superintendent certification. Rank I pay status can be achieved through this program as well.

5. How many hours can be transferred from a Rank I program to a Master's degree program?
Only six (6) hours taken in Non-degree Rank I status can be transferred to a Master's degree program.