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

Major: SPE
Degree Awarded: NON
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/rank

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 60 credit hours of approved graduate credit including a Master's degree.

Admission Requirements:

  • Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
  • Official transcripts with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • Kentucky teaching certificate and Rank II or Masters
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement


Course # DescriptionCredit Hours
Inquiry (Critical Thinker)
EDSP 639 Research in Special Education
ELFH 601 Applied Statistics (or research course equivalency approved by advisor)
Advocacy (Professional Leader)6
Leadership (Select one of the following)
EDSP 651 Professional and Ethical Practices of Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 652 Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention
EDAP 607 Leadership and Change
EDAP 624 Curriculum Theory
EDAP 637 Using Assessment to Achieve Student Achievement
ELFH 603 Administrative Leadership in a Reform Environment
ELFH 613 Administration and Supervision in Special Education
ELFH 636 Shaping School Culture
Diversity (Select one of the following)
EDSP 545 Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom
EDAP 521 Teaching English Learners in the Classroom
EDAP 638 Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners
EDAP 642 Literacy Learning and Cultural Differences
EDTP 503 Developing Cross-Cultural Competence
WMST 556 Feminist Theory
Action (Problem Solver) 3
EDSP 669 Single Subject Research Design
EDSP 650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
Or capstone course equivalency approved by advisor
Area of Emphasis (at least 15 credit hours) 15
Electives 3
Minimum Credit Hours Required

Midpoint Requirement: Candidates are required to submit a mid-program 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 exemplary or target 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 Requirement: Project that demonstrates proficiency in all of the Advanced-Level Kentucky Teacher Standards.


1. Minimum of 15 credit hours in 600-level courses is required.

2. Up to 15 hours of graduate credit may be transferred to the Rank I program, as long as the student will have completed 60 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.

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


Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Associate Professor

Monica Delano

Associate Professor

Erick Dubuque

Assistant Professor

Jessica Hardy

Assistant Professor

Regina Hirn

Assistant Professor

Timothy Landrum


Amy Lingo


Scott Patton


Robert Pennington

Associate Professor

Terry Scott


Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor