Award-winning educator Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin has 2 doctorates: a Ph.D. in Education, as well as an honorary doctorate L.H.D. She is enthusiast about life-long learning and regularly takes classes (such as from Stanford University and Yale University) to expand her knowledge and skills. Dr. Rankin also has an extensive list of credentials and certifications.

This page features Dr. Rankin's:

Credentials & Degrees

 2019   Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.)

  • Honorary Doctorate Awarded June 1, 2019

  • University of La Verne (LaFetra College of Education), 1950 3rd St, La Verne, CA 91750,

  • Awarded when Dr. Rankin gave the commencement speech at the university’s graduation ceremony

2018   The Science of Well-Being (Yale University)

2016   Statistical Learning (Stanford University)

  • Completed April 14, 2016 “with Distinction”

  • Stanford University (Online), Stanford, 650-723-2300,

  • Attended January 12, 2016 to April 14, 2016

  • Within Humanities and Sciences Department


  • This is an introductory-level course in supervised learning, with a focus on regression and classification methods (using R).

  • The “with distinction” completion required a score of 90 or more of the 100 points attainable.

2013   Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education

  • Completed September 13, 2013

  • Northcentral University, San Diego, CA 866-776-0331,

  • Attended February 1, 2009 to September 13, 2013; Doctoral Candidacy February 20, 2012; successfully completed oral defense September 13, 2013

  • Specialization: School Improvement Leadership

  • 4.0 GPA

  • Dissertation (published by ProQuest) and Study Focus: “over-the-counter” data, an approach to improving educators' data analysis accuracy by embedding analysis guidance within the data system and its reports (much like over-the-counter medication communicates usage guidelines, risks/warnings, etc. through comprehensive labeling and supports)

2010   Administrative Services Credential (Clear Credential)

  • Preliminary Credential Issued August 31, 2007; Clear Credential Issued June 21, 2010; Expiration for Renewal November 1, 2018

  • University of California, Irvine, 949-824-5011,

  • Attended June 1, 2008 to October 31, 2008

  • 4.0 GPA

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Document #: 101178717

  • Obtained Tier I of credential through School Leaders Licensure Assessment (92%, and finished Tier II of credential (clearing credential) through UCI (4.0 GPA), which culminated in a summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, through UCI’s Leadership Innovation International Program for School Leaders

2008   Single Subject Teaching Credential in English (Clear Credential) and Cross-Cultural Language & Academic Development (CLAD) Certification

  • Teaching Permit Issued June 13, 2000; Preliminary Credential Issued October 15, 2003; Clear Credential Issued October 29, 2008; Expiration for Renewal November 1, 2018

  • National University, Costa Mesa, 858-642-8000,

  • Attended August 28, 2000 to June 3, 2008

  • 4.0 GPA

  • California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Document #: 081103735

  • Units for a Masters were also obtained and applied elsewhere toward a Ph.D.

  • Obtained credential through NCU courses and California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) for NCLB Compliancy in English (passing all 5 subtests simultaneously on 1st try) May 17, 2003, and cleared credential through NCU courses

1994   Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Art Studio

  • Attended January 1, 1991 to December 1, 1994

  • University of California, Santa Barbara, 805-893-8000,

  • Degree completed within UCSB’s College of Letters and Science

  • 3.11 GPA

  • Also studied Communications at UCSB, but minors were not officially offered to students who enrolled in 1990

  • Education largely paid for by art scholarships (with the requirement that an art degree was consistently pursued) and academic scholarships

Certifications & Assessments


  • 2018 Elsevier Researcher Academy Author Workshop Certificate of Completion

  • 2014 Mensa Admissions Test (SRA Pictorial Reasoning Test); passed in top 2%

  • 2009 California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Trainer of Trainers Certificate of Completion; May 27, 2009

  • 2008 Educational Leadership: International Leadership Certificate (Leadership Innovation); July 30, 2008

  • 2007 Administrative Services Credential (Clear Credential), August 31, 2007 (Preliminary) and June 21, 2010 (Clear)

  • 2007 School Leaders Licensure Assessment; passed with score of 184, 92%, on 1st try; June 9, 2007

  • 2003 Single Subject Teaching Credential in English (Clear Credential); October 15, 2003 (Preliminary) and October 29, 2008 (Clear)

  • 2003 Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certification; October 15, 2003

  • 2003 California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) for NCLB Compliancy in English; passed all 5 subtests simultaneously on 1st try; May 17, 2003

  • 2001 Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Certification (2001 AVID San Diego Summer Institute); English/Language Arts 2 (1-M-ENG) emphasis

  • 2001 Developing Capable Young People Facilitator Certification

  • 2001 Power Pacing (Spin Cycling) Instructor Certification (YMCA)

  • 1999 Principals of Health and Fitness Certification (YMCA)

  • 1999 Group Fitness Instructor Certification (YMCA)

  • 1998 Healthy Back Instructor Certification (YMCA)

  • 1997 California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST); earned “Highest Results” status in each category and score of 198 on 1st try; August 9, 1997

  • 1990 Aerobics Instructor Certification (Irvine Valley College); scored 98% on both exams

  • 1985 First Aid Certification (Life Line Emergency Training and American Life and Health Foundation); renewed regularly through 2009

  • 1985 Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and Emergency Cardiac Care Certification (American Heart Association); renewed regularly through 2009


Technical Proficiencies


Act; Adobe Acrobat Pro; Adobe AfterEffects; Adobe Go Live (and Creative Suite); Adobe Illustrator; Adobe PageMaker; Adobe Photoshop; Adobe Photoshop Elements; Adobe Premiere; Adobe Reader; AERIES (SIS); AssessmentMaster (Formerly StandardsMaster); Basecamp; Blackboard; Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate/Wimba); Blackboard Connect; Compass Learning; DataDirector; Edmodo; Educator's Assessment Data Management System (EADMS); EduSoft; Get Satisfaction; Google Calendar, Docs, Forms, Etc.; GoToMeeting; GradeCam; Haiku; Holt Test Generators; Illuminate Activate; Illuminate Data and Assessment Management System; Illuminate ItemBank; Illuminate Special Education System; Illuminate Student Information System (SIS); IntelAssess; iPhone apps; iReport; iTunes; JasperSoft; Key Data Systems INSPECT; Longitudinal Assessment Reporting System (LARS); MailChimp; McDougall Littel Test Generators; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft FrontPage; Microsoft Image Composer; Microsoft Outlook; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Word; Multiple Measures Online Assessment Reporting System (MMARS); ParSCORE/Scantron; Plato; Reflections (SIS); Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader; Sassy (SIS); SquareSpace; SchoolCity SchoolCharts; ScreenSteps (Blue Mango Learning Systems); Skype; Sugar SE; SurveyMonkey; TeleParent; Trac; Various custom programs; Various distance learning interfaces (e.g., Drawbridge); Various research engines and library databases (e.g., ERIC, ProQuest, etc.); Various staff portal apps; Various web apps (e.g., Dropbox); Vidyo; Windows Live Movie Maker; Zangle (SIS); ZenDesk

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