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Rank 1

University of the Cumberlands Rank I program is for licensed Kentucky educators who seek to advance their career in education and obtain a rank change. This requires a variety of graduate courses totaling thirty credit hours.

The Rank I certification program may be completed while obtaining additional certification in Special Education or in a School Leadership role: School Principal, Director of Special Education, Supervisor of Instruction, Director of Pupil Personnel, or School Superintendent. The ability to earn Rank I status while simultaneously obtaining additional certification makes our program an excellent choice for those who wish to excel in the field of education.

Courses are offered in an online format to accommodate working educators and are available throughout the year in six eight-week terms, allowing you to complete a rank change in less than a year.

The Rank 1 program is designed to promote the development of a set of dispositions, pedagogical strategies, and technological skills that will enable you to meet the varied needs of diverse learners. The actualization of this vision is achieved through the attainment of conceptual, strategic, evaluative, and communicative knowledge.


Length of Study
The program can be completed in as little as 10 months. However, it is designed to provide convenience and flexibility, allowing you to study at a pace that meets your needs.

Certification Areas
A Kentucky teaching certificate is provided for the state of Kentucky through the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). Out-of-state candidates please contact your state’s certification office for reciprocity details.
View a list of states that accept certifications from Kentucky.

Elementary Education (P-5)
Middle School Education (5-9)
Secondary Education (8-12)
Special Education – Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12)

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Superintendent
Laurens County School District

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Teacher
MAT Program

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Founder & President
CIS

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Accountant
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries

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Controller
Baptist Regional Medical Center

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Elementary School Teacher

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Accountant
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

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PA Program Student

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