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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Instructional Coaching Program is offered by Lipscomb’s College of Education which is consistently ranked as one of the most effective educator preparation programs in the state of Tennessee and the nation.

Earn a certificate, M.Ed concentration, or Ed.S in Instructional Coaching that will serve classrooms, schools and districts. Take the lead in facilitating professional development, catalyzing collaboration and welcoming diversity. 

Use your skills and knowledge to support other educators and educational leaders. We’ll guide you in understanding the models and methods of coaching and presenting to adults, implementing collaborative learning practices at an organizational level, and leading crucial conversations about race, ethnicity and linguistics. 

Committed listening, presuming positive intent, asking powerful questions and delivering reflective feedback are invaluable tools that will set you apart in the educational realm. Our cutting-edge instructional strategies and seasoned faculty will ensure that those skills are developed at an advanced level so that you’ll have all you need to be a leader in your learning environment.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts for all degrees conferred and any other coursework post bachelors.
  • Personal statement:
    Explain your goals and your purpose for pursuing a graduate education degree at Lipscomb University and elaborate on how this degree would help you to make an impact on teaching and learning in your classroom or school in a concise, clear essay. (500 words)
  • Three Recommendations
    • Recommender #1 – Current Administrator/Supervisor (non-family member)
      If no direct supervisor, provide another academic reference (see Rec. #2)
    • Recommender #2 – Academic or Professional Colleague (non-family member)
    • Recommender #3 – Personal reference of integrity and/or faith (non-family member)
  • Resume
  • Lipscomb College of Education graduate programs do not generally require graduate exam scores such as the GRE or MAT unless required for state licensure, accreditation, or program specific reasons. If your most recent degree GPA is below 3.0, a program director may ask you to provide graduate exam scores to be considered as part of the supplementary materials to your application for admission. Check with the specific program you are interested in regarding exam scores that may be required for admission

View the College of Education's graduate programs application timeline.



Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • $953* per credit hour
  • $715 per credit hour with the 25% in-service discount

*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.

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

Flexible Schedule

Our courses are offered in 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. Certificates are 100% online.


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.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee, 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

  • Michelle Hasty headshot

    Michelle Hasty

    Associate Professor

    Michelle Hasty is a Nashville native and graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools. She received a B.A. in English from Auburn University, an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Vanderbilt...

    Meet Michelle Hasty
  • Rachael Milligan headshot

    Rachael Milligan

    Associate Professor

    Rachael was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She met her husband, Matt, when they were both undergraduates at Harding University, where Rachael studied History and Political Science. Rachael and...

    Meet Rachael Milligan
  • Julia Osteen headshot

    Julia Osteen

    Adjunct Faculty

    Dr. Julia Osteen is the Director of Professional Development for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Assistant Professor of Education at Lipscomb University. Prior to coming to the CTL,...

    Meet Julia Osteen

Career Paths

Teacher Leaders/Grade Level Leaders

Teacher leaders or grade level leaders support fellow teachers while remaining in the classroom teaching positions. They may facilitate professional learning communities (PLCs), grade level planning, data analysis meetings, professional learning, or individual coaching sessions with teachers.

Instructional Coaches

Instructional coaches are thinking partners for faculty and administration. They may support teachers and other educational leaders through professional learning sessions, individual coaching, data analysis meetings, and curriculum planning.


Administrators may use coaching skills and adult learning strategies and theories to support their faculties, fellow administrators, and in building relationships with the larger school community. The foundational tenets of coaching can equip administrators with strategies to ensure educational equity in their schools.

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