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Rank 1 Certification Program

University of the Cumberlands' Rank I program is for licensed Kentucky educators who seek to advance their careers in education and obtain a rank change. This requires a variety of graduate courses totaling 30 credit hours.

This online teacher 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.

This online degree for Rank 1 administration leadership is designed to accommodate working educators. Courses are available throughout the year in six eight-week terms, allowing you to complete a rank change in less than a year.

The education 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
Our online rank 1 programs in Kentucky 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)

View the full list of course descriptions.

To learn more about concentrations, click here.

General Information
Course Catalog Graduate Education Handbook

Program of Study
All Rank I programs require completion of 30 credit hours and can be completed entirely online. A maximum of twelve hours of graduate credit may be transferred into the program.

Upcoming Term Dates
Jan 13, 2014
Mar 10, 2014
May 12, 2014
July 7, 2014

Credit hour $291
3 credit hour course $873
30 hour program $8,730
There is a $50 technology fee assessed each eight-week term that you are enrolled. Regardless of the number of courses you take per term it is a $50 flat fee.