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Rank I Program in Special Education - Advanced Practitioner P-12

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

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.

Admission Requirements:

Students may apply to the program by first going to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies,

  • Official transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 in the Bachelor's degree and a GPA of 3.0 in the Master's degree.
  • Teaching certificate
  • TOEFL (Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.)


Inquiry (3 hours)

ELFH 600 Introduction to Research Methods & Statistics
EDAP 606  Orientation in Reading (take first semester of enrollment)  
EDSP 639  Research in Special Education     
Advocacy (6 hours)
Leadership (Select one of the following) (3 hours) 3
EDSP 597  Issues in Special Education  
EDAP 606  Orientation and Readings (take in first semester of enrollment)  
EDAP 607  Leadership and Change  
EDAP 624  Curriculum Theory  
EDAP 625  Social and Ethical Development of Teaching  
ELFH 603  Administrative Leadership in a Reform Environment  
ELFH 613  Administration and Supervision in Special Education  
Diversity (Select one of the following) (3 hours) 3
EDSP 537  Language Learning  
EDSP 545  Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom  
EDAP 642  Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences  
EDTP 626  Affirming Diversity  
EDTP 503  Developing Cross-Cultural Competence  
SOC 630   Sociology of Education  
WMST 532 History of American Sexualities  
WMST 556 Feminist Theory  
PAS 529   Teaching Institute on African-American Issues  
Action (3 hours)  
EDSP 669  Single Subject Research Design  
Area of Emphasis (at least 15 hours)
Electives (3 hours) 
Minimum Hours Required   

Midpoint Requirement:  M.Ed. candidates are required to submit a mid-program portfolio at the completion of 15 credit hours of coursework.  The faculty advisor will assess the candidate's portfolio, which must at the target or satisfactory level.  If this mid-point portfolio requirement is not met, a candidate will be prohibited from course registration beyond 15 credit hours.

Exit Requirement:  Portfolio or National Board Certification


1.  Minimum of 18 hours in 600-level courses is required.

2.  Transfer credit must be officially accepted by the advisor (maximum of 6 hours) - final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts

3.  A maximum of 6 hours taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a Masters degree (upon approval of advisor).

4.  To complete the program, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than "C".

5.  Successful completion of the appropriate PRAXIS Exam(s) is required if adding teacher certification in LBD or MSD.

6.  The Rank I classification shall require the completion of 60 semester hours approved graduate level credit including a Masters degree.

Praxis Disclaimer:  "Teacher certification requirements are subject to change.  Before registering for the test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at or for current requirements."

Departmental Faculty

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor, Assistive Technology

Ginevra Courtade

Assistant Professor, Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Monica Delano

Assistant Professor, Autism

Nicole Fenty

Assistant Professor, Reading Education

Tim Landrum
Associate Professor, Behavior Disorders

Director of Doctoral Program

Amy Lingo
Associate Professor, Learning and Behavior Disorders

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Sheri Moore

Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Special Education

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor, Autism

Terry Scott
Professor, Behavior Disorders

Chair of Special Education Department

Thomas Simmons
Associate Professor, Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Contact Information

Special Education

Teaching and Learning Department (Special Education)

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