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Program Overview

Program Overview

As a teacher, you want to provide an optimal learning environment for every student to succeed. We know that environment looks different for different learner groups. Equip yourself with the necessary strategies to effectively meet the needs of English Language Learners.

Diversity in the classroom is something to be acknowledged and celebrated. That’s why our program prepares you to intentionally differentiate teaching practice to specially serve students from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Learn research-based instructional practices to implement in your class. 

Our courses are carefully crafted to teach the praxis components and simultaneously lead to improved teaching practice for multilingual learners. You’ll get a chance to research an individualized topic in each of the four endorsement classes.

Once you’re finished, you’ll take what you’ve learned to uniquely serve a student population that is often overlooked. Get the degree that makes a difference.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • 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).
  • Official transcripts
  • Official GRE or MAT exam score
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

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


Hours of field placement experience

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered at a variety of convenient locations around Nashville or online, at times designed to work with your busy schedule. Our hybrid class model allows you the best of going to school as a working professional.

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.


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.

Our Faculty

  • Terry Sue Fanning

    Terry Sue Fanning

    Associate Professor of Education

    Terry Sue Fanning has an A.S. in Elementary Education for Motlow State Community College, a B.S. for MTSU in Elementary Education, and M.Ed. and Ed.S. from MTSU in Supervision and...

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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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  • Jeanne Gilliam Fain

    Jeanne Fain


    Jeanne Gilliam Fain is a Professor and Lead Faculty for Multilingual Learners at Lipscomb University, where she teaches ELL endorsement courses, classroom-based research, and literacy courses. She has worked as...

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Career Paths

Interpreters and Translators

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.

Adult Literacy and High School Equivalency Diploma Teachers

Adult literacy and high school equivalency diploma teachers instruct adults in basic skills, such as reading, writing, and speaking English. They also help students earn their high school equivalent diploma.

Middle School Teachers

Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.