Foundations for teaching and learning

Learn More About KEDC’s Rank Change Program

Learn about KEDC’s low-cost alternative to earning advanced degrees including the program benefits, how it works, timeline for completion, and frequently asked questions. If you are looking for additional information,  you can sign up to speak with a program expert.

Program Benefits

Low-Cost with Deferment

The program is a low-cost alternative to graduate courses. Payment can be deferred until your expected salary increase goes into effect. 

Salary Advancement

Completion of the program enables educators to earn a Rank Change and salary advancement!

Job-Embedded Learning

Micro-credentials are job-embedded and much of the learning is integrated into your existing classroom practice.

Personalized Pathways

Select micro-endorsements you want to complete based on your personal interests and professional goals. 

Good Day Kentucky

Tanya Queen, a teacher at Catlettsburg Elementary School, is among hundreds of Kentucky teachers who are on track to earn Rank II and Rank I through this new program. Good Day Kentucky spoke with Tanya about her experience.

Interview with Roxanne Mullins

“I really appreciate that this program allows you to work at your own pace, and that much of the work is job-embedded. The program is anchored in the 10 Kentucky Teacher Standards, and since it’s micro-credential-based, I have the opportunity to really demonstrate the skills and competencies I’m learning. I’m practicing new strategies with my students in real-time.”

WLEX Best of the Bluegrass

Tanya Queen, a teacher at Catlettsburg Elementary School, speaks with WLEX Best of the Bluegrass about her experience with BloomBoard and KEDC’s low-cost Rank Change program.

SmartBrief | A Learning-by-Doing Solution to Career Advancement

Tanya Queen, a teacher at Catlettsburg Elementary School, shared her experience in this SmartBrief article.

Being involved in this program has opened my eyes to the benefit and need for an affordable alternative pathway to the traditional master’s degree program.” – Tanya Queen

Financial Incentives

Kentucky Administrative Regulations now state that districts can develop their own Continuing Education Option for licensure rank change and certificate renewal. KEDC’s continuing education program has been approved for advancement to Rank II or Rank I.

Use the salary calculator on the right to see how earning a rank change will impact your salary.

Salary Calculator

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Program Structure & Supports


This Foundations in Teaching and Learning program is offered by KEDC, in partnership with BloomBoard.  Founded in 2010, BloomBoard is the leading platform for educator advancement via micro-credentials.  Our platform enables educators to earn micro-credentials by demonstrating competence in one specific skill at a time using a portfolio of evidence. Micro-credentials can be grouped together into micro-endorsements to offer educators tailored routes to improve their instructional practice, and qualify for rank change and compensation acceleration.

The program requires educators to complete 12 Foundations micro-credentials, 6 personalized micro-credentials that educators can select based on personal interests and a final Capstone Project. Micro-credentials are job-embedded, meaning the learning is integrated into classroom practice and there are no traditional university-like classes or exams. Micro-credentials are also self-paced learning experiences, which allows flexibility for you to progress as your schedule allows. 

KEDC and BloomBoard will provide regularly scheduled collaborative learning community sessions for each micro-credential, led by a certified facilitator.  


Once you’ve completed enrollment, you’ll be invited to a kickoff orientation with your program facilitator/coach and other educators in your cohort.

Success Academy

Following the orientation, attend KEDC/BloomBoard Success Academy to help support the first micro-credential submission.

1:1 Coaching

BloomBoard coaches are available for personalized 1:1 support during the program.

Asynchronous Discussions

Throughout the program, you can communicate with your coach and other educators in your cohort through the BloomBoard platform.

Program Guide

KEDC Program Guide

Talk with an Expert

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