Rank I Post-Master's Program (non-degree program)

Chair or Program Director: 

Robert B. Cooter, Jr., Ed.D., Dean
Bellarmine Office Building 326, Phone 502.272.8076, rcooter@bellarmine.edu

John Sizemore, M.Ed., Interim Chair of Advanced Graduate Education Programs
Bellarmine Office Building 320, Phone 502.272.7982, jmsizemore@bellarmine.edu


Jean Green, Placement Director
Bellarmine Office Building 332, Phone 502.452.8191, jgreen@bellarmine.edu


Anne B. Bucalos, Ed.D.; Sarah Bush, M.Ed.; Kathleen Cooter, Ph.D.; Christy McGee, Ed.D.; Theresa Magpuri-Lavell, Ed.D.; Corrie Orthober, PhD.; David Paige, Ed.D.; Lauren Pohl, M.A.; Belinda Richardson, Ed.D.; Kevin Thomas, Ph.D.; Chris Walsh, Ed.D.; Carl Williams, MAT; Dottie Willis, Ed.D.

The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education at Bellarmine University prepares caring, effective educators in the Catholic liberal arts tradition to teach and lead in diverse settings. The Rank I and/or Non Degree Post-Masters programs offer a best practice, research-based curriculum with a foundation in the liberal arts. Candidates demonstrate proficient to distinguished performance through the following criteria: individual course assessments, field and clinical evaluations, dispositional assessments, anchor assessments, and standardized exams.

“Educator as Reflective Learner”
As our theme, “Educator as Reflective Learner” suggests, our candidates are integrally involved in ongoing reflective practice as master educators in their classroom, schools and communities. Reflective teachers use the world of practice, knowledge of pedagogy, knowledge of the learner, and knowledge of content personally to evaluate their effectiveness. This continuous process provides master teachers
with a basis for self-evaluation that results in leadership development for school improvement.  Advanced teacher candidates will participate in ongoing evaluation through the use of an individualized Professional Growth Plan, Anchor Assessments within identified courses, Dispositions Assessments and a final culminating project within the candidate’s emphasis or endorsement area. Each candidate will work closely with his/her faculty advisor to regularly review progress toward program completion.


All teacher education programs at the advanced level recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; and approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

Requirements for Admission

  • Valid Professional Teaching Certificate.
  • A written descriptive professional development plan based on self-identified goals and objectives.
  • Two completed recommendation forms: one from the current school principal or his/her designee; and one from an individual
    who has supervised the applicant in some capacity attesting to the applicants potential as an advanced graduate student, such as teaching colleague, department chair, current/past employers, or former professors.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For more information on the GRE, visit www.ets.org/gre.
  • If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States, or English is your second language, you will be required to submit an official TOEFLiBT (internet-based test) score and receive a total score
    of 80 or higher. We will also consider an equivalent score on the IELTS or MELAB tests. The School of Education Admission,
    Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL score from any applicant.
  • Additional information is required from international applicants; see the Rank I admission application form for more information.

Required Test
In addition to the GRE, the Rank I and/or Non Degree Post-Masters program may require passing PRAXIS scores for a chosen endorsement. These scores are not used to determine admission status.  For more information on the PRAXIS, visit www.ets.org/praxis or the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board at www.kyepsb.net.

For application information contact the  Office of Graduate Admission at 1.800.274.4723 x 8258, 502.272.7200, or gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu

Degree Requirements