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Rank 1 Program in Middle Grades Education

Major: MSED
Degree Awarded: NON
Unit: GE
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Program Information

Admission Requirements:  

Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and certification in 8-12, P-12, 5-12, or 5-9 and a Masters degree or Rank II.


Rank I Program in Middle and Secondary Education 

Inquiry (Select one of the following) (3 credit hours) 3
EDAP 639  Education Research in P-12 Setting  
ELFH 601 Applied Statistics (or research course equivalency approved by advisor)  
Leadership (Select one of the following) (3 credit hours) 3
EDAP 624  Curriculum Theory  
EDAP 637  Using Assessments to Improve Student Achievement  
EDAP 677  Teacher Leadership:  Coaching and Mentoring  
ELFH 636  Shaping School Culture (or other leadership course in consultation with advisor)  
Diversity (Select one of the following) (3 credit hours) 3
EDAP 521  Teaching English Learners  
EDAP 638  Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners  
EDAP 642  Literacy, Learning and Cultural Differences (or other diversity course in consultation with advisor)  
EDTP 503  Developing Cross Cultural Competence  
Area of Emphasis (12-18 credit hours) 12-18
Electives (0-6 credit hours) 0-6
Action (Problem Solver) (3 credit hours) 3
EDAP 607  Teacher Leadership in Practice (or capstone course equivalency approved by advisor*)                        
Minimum Credit Hours Required: 30

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 target or satisfactory level.  The performance assessment must address content, classroom environment, teaching, assessing, and reflection, and an artifact such as a video, to document professional learning.

Exit Requirements:  Hallmark Assessment Task for EDAP 607 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.
  1. Minimum of 15 credit hours in 600-level courses is required.
  2. Up to 15 credit hours of graduate credit may be transferred to the Rank I 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 I program.  Transfer credit must be officially accepted by the advisor and final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts.
  3. In the Rank I program, at least 15 credit hours of new graduate coursework must be taken at the University of Louisville.  No course credit equivalent to a GPA of 2.0 or lower will be accepted.


Departmental Faculty

Jenny Bay-Williams

Chair of Middle/Secondary Education Department

Peggy Brooks

Kentucky Teacher Internship Program Coordinator

William Bush


Janet Calvert

Coordinator of Alternative Certification Program

Penny Howell

Associate Professor

Ann Larson


Maggie McGatha

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Patton
Assistant Professor

Assistant Chair of Middle/Secondary Education Department

Susan Peters

Assistant Professor

Caroline Sheffield

Assistant Professor

Amy Stevens


Steve Swan


Shelley Thomas

Associate Professor

Thomas Tretter

Director of Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium

Jean Wolph
Director of Louisville Writing Project

Contact Information

Middle Grades Education

Department of Teaching and Learning

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