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Program Overview

Program Overview

Gain the knowledge of a real-world, applicable approach to leadership development through authentic learning experiences. Our rigorous program challenges and equips you to be at the forefront of the changing educational landscape. 

Take courses taught by current practitioners at the school, district or state level with a first-hand perspective on school leadership. Pair with a school-based mentor, engaging in formative leadership conversations and participating in practical job-shadowing sessions. 

Shape the future of education and leave a large-scale impact on countless young lives.
Your graduate degree will propel you towards excellence and expertise in educational leadership.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • This program requires two completed years of educational experience prior to acceptance.
  • Online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Personal statement
    • Explain your goals and your purpose for pursuing a graduate education degree at Lipscomb University in a concise, clear essay (1-2 pages).
  • Application essay
  • Resume
  • Experience verification
  • Summative observation report
  • Three letters of recommendation


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • $953 per credit hour
  • 26% in-service scholarship for educators (M.Ed.)
  • 20% in-service scholarship for educators (Ed.S.)

Scholarship Information

As you give back to the community, Lipscomb University wants to give back to you. The College of Education offers significant scholarships to current educators and administrators. Those pursuing career as a teacher, you're not left out either! Check out the following information to see if you qualify for scholarships.

All completed applications should be mailed to:

Lipscomb University
College of Education

One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

Types of Aid


Student to faculty ratio


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Small Class Sizes

You’ll have opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion, receive one-on-one faculty mentorship and ask difficult questions in our small class sizes. Plus, you’ll feel supported in a tight-knit learning community.


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.


Field experience hours

Our Faculty

  • Lance Forman

    Lance Forman

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Lance Forman served for 13 years in the Metro Nashville School District as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and executive principal prior to joining the College of Education in 2017....

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  • Mike Hammond

    Mike Hammond


    Michael Hammond joined the Lipscomb University College of Education full-time in 2001, after he had already been teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses at Lipscomb, Trevecca and Tennessee...

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  • Reva Chatman-Buckley

    Reva Chatman-Buckley

    Associate Professor

    Reva Chatman-Buckley serves as an instructor for graduate research in nearly ten years as Associate Professor at Lipscomb. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from George Peabody College of...

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  • Vanessa Garcia

    Vanessa Garcia

    Director of the Instructional Practice Program

    Vanessa Garcia is the Executive Officer of Elementary Schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools. She is an experienced educator who has held various leadership positions in her 20-year career. That...

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Career Paths

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals

Elementary, middle, and high school principals manage all school operations, including daily school activities. They coordinate curriculums, oversee teachers and other school staff, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Postsecondary Education Administrators

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student life, or the registrar’s office.

Instructional Coordinators

Instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, coordinate its implementation with teachers and principals, and assess its effectiveness.