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Program Overview

Program Overview

Make a significant difference in the lives of students every day. Our instructional practice master’s program is specifically and uniquely designed to meet the needs of educators. By building on what you already know, you'll be able to increase your knowledge complexity as you progress through the program. 

Applicability is our priority. You will hone a collection of effective, diverse strategies for instructional practice, including varied approaches to planning lessons, understanding learner needs and creating optimal learning environments.

We promise to practice what we teach. In every class, you will be put in the posture of the learner. We try to keep our lectures short and informational so that you have plenty of time for practice and discussion. 

Discover your potential and sharpen your ambition to become an excellent and professional practitioner by engaging in a challenging and comprehensive initial teacher training.

Lipscomb University follows all state guidelines for initial licensure candidates. This includes maintaining a specific conditional GPA for all incoming initial licensure candidates. All initial licensure candidates must have a 2.75 on their undergraduate degree in order to be considered for the program. For more information, please review the state GPA policy at the link below. If you would like to have your transcripts reviewed, prior to applying, please complete the form below.

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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
  • Official GRE or MAT exam score (only required for M.Ed. level; this requirement has been waived for Spring 2021 applicants)
    Lipscomb offers the MAT on campus.  (See details and registration link.)

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



Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

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

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

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.


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

  • 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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  • Kristin Baese

    Kristin Baese

    Assistant Professor

    Kristin Baese has an interest in and commitment to providing the best preparation for today's classroom teachers that is fueled by her personal experience as a classroom teacher. A graduate...

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  • Michelle Hasty

    Michelle Hasty

    Assistant Professor

    A Nashville native and graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Michelle Hasty received a B.A. in English from Auburn University in 1995, an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Vanderbilt...

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  • Ally Hauptman

    Ally Hauptman

    Assistant Professor

    Ally Hauptman is the lead faculty for Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University where she teaches graduate level courses in building classroom community, planning, and elementary and middle grades literacy instruction....

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  • Karen Marklein

    Karen Marklein

    Program Director, Ayers Institute

    Karen Marklein is the program director for professional learning at the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation. She holds a master's in educational leadership from Bethel University, and served...

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  • Rachael Milligan

    Rachael Milligan

    Assistant Dean, College of Education

    Originally from Huntsville, Ala., Rachael Milligan joined the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb in August 2013 and served as a Program Director before becoming Managing Director....

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  • Julia Osteen

    Julia Osteen

    Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

    Julia Osteen joined the Ayers Institute Staff in August, 2013 with a focus in online learning. She coaches College of Education faculty on their use of technology for learning and...

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  • Julie Simone

    Julie Simone


    Julie Simone earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in elementary and special education from Vanderbilt University.  Now in her 33rd year of teaching, Julie has taught everything from preschool to...

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Career Paths

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.

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.

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.