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Rank I Post-Master's Program


The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education prepares caring, effective educators in the Catholic liberal arts tradition of Bellarmine University to teach and lead in diverse settings. The Rank I Non- Degree Post Masters online 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, disposition assessments, anchor assessments, and standardized exams.

“Educator as Reflective Learner”

As our theme “Educator as Reflective Learner” suggests, our candidates are integrally involved in on going reflective practice as master educators in their classrooms, 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, Disposition Assessments at specified transition points, 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.

NCATE Accreditation

All Bellarmine University Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education 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.


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The chosen endorsement may be completed in five or six semesters attending two evenings per week OR one evening and Saturday sessions.

Funding Assistance
Enrollment in the Rank I program identifies the student as non-degree seeking and, as such, the student is ineligible for traditional forms of federally supported student aid. Students are encouraged to work with the Bellarmine University Bursar’s Office in establishing a payment plan. Students enrolled in the Learning and Behavior Disorder’s certification may be eligible for support under the WHAS Crusade for Children Grant (contact the School of Education for more details at 502.272.8076). Private sources of funding may also be available.

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200 or 1.800.274.4723 x7200