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Disability Studies

Program Overview

Program Overview

If you want to work with individuals with disabilities outside the classroom, this is the degree for you. Our unique degree will provide you the opportunity to experience working in a nonprofit or therapy setting — and even start your own business. 

You'll increase in confidence as you work with Lipscomb's IDEAL students. And you'll apply what you've learned off-site in a practicum with a nonprofit agency for people with disabilities. Our accomplished faculty will counsel you in your mission along the way.



  • ED 2313 - Schooling in America
  • ED 3343 - Cultural Perspectives in Education
  • ED 3353 - Characteristics and Assessment of Students with Disabilities
  • ED 3373 - Supporting Behavior of Students with Disabilities
  • ED 4043 - Complex Disabilities
  • ED 4213 - Collaboration and Co-teaching
  • ED 4223 - Communication, Language and Social Development
  • ED 4233 - Special Education Law and Ethics
  • ED 4xx6 - Disability Studies Practicum
  • HI 2213 - History of the United States I OR HI 2223 - History of the United States II
  • HI 3323 - Cultural Geography
  • SW 3313 - Child Welfare
  • LJS 3303 - Influencing Change through Civic Engagement
  • LJS 3403 - Conflict Management
  • EN 3013 - Advanced Composition and Rhetoric
  • PS 3243 - Human Development and Learning
  • Choose one class in Fine Arts.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Misty Parsley

    Misty Parsley

    Director, Master of Education/Special Education

    Misty Parsley has bachelors and masters degrees in Speech Language Pathology and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration. She has dedicated her career to students with disabilities, previously serving...

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  • Robbie Hampton

    Robbie Hampton

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Robbie Hampton is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. Her primary duties are with teacher candidates in Special Education. She teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate courses...

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Career Paths

Social and Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage workers who provide social services to the public.

Top Executives

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.