Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

School Administration, Rank 1 (121)


Program Coordinator

Janet L. Applin, janet.applin@wku.edu, (000) 000-0000

The School Administration, Rank I program is specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below). 

Director of Pupil Personnel Services (KDP1)

The Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP) is one of the two legally mandated positions for a school district. The DPP usually deals with such issues as student attendance, student conduct codes, school calendars, and student services.

Director of Special Education (KDS1)

This 30 hour program leads to eligibility for administrative certification as a Level I Director of Special Education and a Rank I.

School Principal (KP1)

The Principal Preparation Program is a certification program involving a minimum of 30 hours of studies beyond the master's degree or Rank 2. Completion of the Rank I program leads to eligibility for initial principal certification (Level I, KP1).

WKU also offers an EPSB-approved alternative route to principal certification, with eligibility and application procedures as follows:

1.     Candidates must first apply to the WKU Graduate School for admission to the university -  https://www.wku.edu/graduate/.

 2.     Following university admission, candidates should contact the Department of Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research for program-specific admissions guidelines and application by calling 270-745-4890.

3.  After program admission the candidate will work with an advisor to submit a program of study to the Office of Professional Educators Services for approval.

4.  A letter is then issued by WKU stating that the student is currently enrolled in the principal program; at this time the candidate may be offered a principal or assistant principal position by a district and is then eligible to participate in the Option 6 alternative route program. 

5. If the candidate is offered the position, the district superintendent must provide verification of employment to WKU and the candidate. 

6. The candidate will submit the verification of employment to EALR and a CA-TP to the Office of Professional Educator Services. EALR will issue the student a mentor agreement that must be completed by the student, the student's university mentor and the student's district mentor. This can be emailed along with the completed CA-TP application to teacher.certification@wku.edu

7. The Office of Professional Educator Services will sign and verify the enrollment of the candidate in the Alternate Route to Principal Certification program. The completed application will be uploaded to EPSB and the student will be notified when it has been processed and their certificate is ready to download/print.  

8.  The student must request that an electronic transcript be sent directly to EPSB.  The transcript request can be completed through TOPNET.  All transcript request questions need to be directed to the registrar's office.

Supervisor of Instruction (ILV1)

Applicants seeking certification for Supervisor of Instruction should be aware that reciprocity may not be offered by all states.

Program Admission

Admission to the School Administration, Rank I program is specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below). 

Director of Pupil Personnel Services (KDP1)

  • Completion of at least three years full-time appropriate teaching experience
  • Master's degree or Rank 2 from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA or above for all graduate course work

Director of Special Education (KDS1)

  • Submit a copy of current, valid teaching certificate for exceptional children or as a school psychologist.
  • Submit documentation of a master's degree or Rank 2 from an accredited institution.
  • Submit current vitae/resume and letter of application indicating goals, and a statement verifying that he/she has completed at least 3 years of full-time appropriate teaching experience with exceptional children or as a school psychologist.
  • 3.0 GPA or above on all graduate coursework.

School Principal (KP1)

  • Master's degree or Rank 2 from an accredited institution
  • Three years of documented teaching experience in a public school or a nonpublic school that meets the state performance standards as established in KRS 156.160
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on all graduate work
  • Complete a program admission packet requiring:
    • Letters of reference
    • Professional portfolio
    • Deficiency course assessments
    • School district agreement of support;
  • Be recommended based on an interview with district practitioners and department faculty

Supervisor of Instruction (ILV1)

  • Completion of at least three years full-time appropriate teaching experience
  • Master's degree or Rank 2 from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher on all graduate work

Program Requirements (30 hours)

Program requirements for the School Administration, Rank I program are specific to the concentration selected (concentration codes shown in parentheses below). 

Director of Pupil Personnel Services (KDP1)

Required Courses
EDFN 576Issues and Trends in Education3
EDAD 602Intro to School Leadership3
EDAD 603School Law and Policy3
EDAD 604Creating a Culture of Achievement3
EDAD 605Leading a Community of Leaders3
EDAD 606Leading Learning Systems3
EDAD 610Clinical Experiences in the Principalship3
EDAD 583Accounting for Pupil Personnel3
EDAD 686Principles of Supervision3
SPED 516The Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues3
or SPED 533 Seminar: Curriculum for Learning and Behavior Disorders
or SPED 535 Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Total Hours30

Completion of a planned Fifth/Sixth-Year program may not be counted by states other than Kentucky in determining pay status.  The Director of Pupil Personnel Services position is unique to Kentucky, and Kentucky's manifestation is not found in other places. Other states seek a counseling or social work type background for student services, not a Director of Pupil Personnel Services with attendance duties as in Kentucky.

Filing a TC-1 requesting Rank I requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit including the master's degree. Within these total hours the student must complete the required professional courses as outlined in a planned program designed to provide the student with appropriate administrative competencies and courses required for certification.

Director of Special Education (KDS1)

Required Courses
EDAD 602Intro to School Leadership3
EDAD 603School Law and Policy3
EDAD 604Creating a Culture of Achievement3
EDAD 605Leading a Community of Leaders3
or SPED 532 Families, Professionals and Exceptionalities
EDAD 606Leading Learning Systems3
EDAD 610Clinical Experiences in the Principalship3
EDAD 686Principles of Supervision3
SPED 630Special Education Law and Finance3
SPED 518Seminar: Contemporary Challenges in Special Education3
SPED 625Practicum in the Administration of Special Education3
Total Hours30

Completion of a planned Fifth/Sixth-Year program may not be counted by states other than Kentucky in determining pay status.  The Director of Pupil Personnel Services position is unique to Kentucky, and Kentucky's manifestation is not found in other places. Other states seek a counseling or social work type background for student services, not a Director of Pupil Personnel Services with attendance duties as in Kentucky.

Filing a TC-1 requesting Rank I requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit including the master's degree. Within these total hours the student must complete the required professional courses as outlined in a planned program designed to provide the student with appropriate administrative competencies and courses required for certification.

School Principal (KP1)

A minimum of 30 semester hours is required; at least 15 hours must be WKU credit.  Students must have previously completed a master's degree program, which would qualify for Rank II salary classification.

Required Courses
EDAD 602Intro to School Leadership3
EDAD 603School Law and Policy3
EDAD 604Creating a Culture of Achievement3
EDAD 605Leading a Community of Leaders3
EDAD 606Leading Learning Systems3
EDAD 607Developing Teacher Capacity3
EDAD 608Resource Management for Equitable Outcomes3
EDAD 609Leading School Improvement3
EDAD 610Clinical Experiences in the Principalship6
Total Hours30

Supervisor of Instruction (ILV1)

Required Courses
EDAD 594Seminar on Leadership: Auxiliary Programs in Education3
EDAD 602Intro to School Leadership3
EDAD 603School Law and Policy3
EDAD 604Creating a Culture of Achievement3
EDAD 605Leading a Community of Leaders3
EDAD 606Leading Learning Systems3
EDAD 610Clinical Experiences in the Principalship3
EDFN 576Issues and Trends in Education3
EDAD 686Principles of Supervision3
SPED 516The Exceptional Child: Perspectives and Issues3
or SPED 533 Seminar: Curriculum for Learning and Behavior Disorders
or SPED 535 Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Total Hours30

Filing a TC-1 requesting Rank I requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate credit including at least 30 hours beyond the master's degree.  Within these total hours the student must complete the required professional courses as outlined in a planned program designed to provide the student with appropriate administrative competencies and courses required for certification.