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.
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.
The tuition cost for Rank I programs will be $400 per credit hour. The chosen endorsement may be completed
in five or six semesters attending two evenings per week OR one
evening and Saturday sessions.
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.
Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200 or 1.800.274.4723 x7200