Advanced Program Applicants


Advanced (certified) applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Minimum GPA 2.75 (including all undergraduate and graduate coursework)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for last 30 hours of coursework (including all undergraduate and graduate coursework). Classes used for the calculation will be considered based on the current OELE/EPSB regulations.
  • Applicants who hold a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning may be admitted without regard to undergraduate transcripts.
  • Applicants who have not earned a graduate degree, but who present a graduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution containing at least twelve (12) hours of coursework with a grade point average of 3.5 or better, may be considered for graduate admission on the basis of these grades in lieu of the undergraduate GPA.


Applicants who do not meet the above GPA requirements must successfully pass the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) with the following corresponding scores:

  • Verbal with a minimum score of 450 (old scale) or 150 (new scale)
  • Quantitative with a minimum score of 490 (old scale) or 143 (new scale)
  • Analytical Writing with a minimum score of 4.0.


For most advanced applicants, admission decisions can be made with an application, an official college transcript(s), a copy of a current teaching certificate, a writing sample verifying collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity, a completed Kentucky Code of Ethics form, and a FERPA form.



Moderate and Severe Disabilities Certification requires a KY teaching certificate in Learning & Behavior Disorders.

Master of Arts Instructional Leadership Level 1 and/or Level 2 requires additional materials.

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