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English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Program Overview

Program Overview

Teaching candidates who are seeking initial licensure (PK-3, K-5, or 6-8 grades) can also seek an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement.  Learn how you can unlock academic achievement for all students by reducing language barriers.

Adding an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement provides evidence of your skills and can make you even more marketable as a teacher. You’ll be ready to teach in a wide variety of settings, sharing the content you love and making a difference in the lives of students and their families.




  • 8 hours of a foreign language
  • FL 4514 - Introduction to Teaching Foreign and Second Languages: Theory and Practice


Praxis II Required: In addition, students seeking the ESL add-on endorsement will have to pass the ESL Praxis II exam and complete a field placement in an ESL/ELL classroom during student teaching.

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

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    Megan Parker Peters

    Interim Associate Dean

    Dr. Megan Parker Peters is the Interim Associate Dean, an Associate Professor, and the Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Research at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and licensed...

    Meet Megan Parker Peters
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    Sarah Duncan

    Associate Professor

    Sarah Duncan was a language arts teacher and intervention coach in Mississippi before coming to Lipscomb. A former National Board Certified Teacher, she currently teaches literacy and clinical practice courses...

    Meet Sarah Duncan
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    Suze Gilbert

    Assistant Professor

    Suze Gilbert was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She met her husband, Eric, in high school and they married in 1993. Eric and Suze have 3 children. Suze earned...

    Meet Suze Gilbert
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    Robbie Hampton

    Assistant Professor

    Robbie was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in Nashville after moving here during elementary school. She attended MTSU and received a BS in Elementary and Special Education. She...

    Meet Robbie Hampton
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    Kara Krinks

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Kara Krinks is an assistant professor in the College of Education. She earned her undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University in Engineering Science. She later earned an M.A.T. in Secondary...

    Meet Kara Krinks
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    Emily Medlock

    Director of Undergraduate Education and Student Te

    Dr. Emily Medlock is the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Student Teaching as well as an associate professor in the College of Education. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University...

    Meet Emily Medlock
  • Marcia Stewart

    Marcia Stewart

    Adjunct Faculty

    Marcia Stewart has been a full-time member of the Lipscomb faculty since 1993. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and an Ed.D. in Curriculum...

    Meet Marcia Stewart

Career Paths

High School Teachers

High school teachers help prepare students for life after graduation. They teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

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.

Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers

Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects, such as math and reading, in order to prepare them for future schooling.

Career and Technical Education Teachers

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Special Education Teachers

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. They also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities.

Postsecondary Teachers

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.