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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Literacy 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.

Literacy is the foundation of all learning. Students who read confidently, comprehend deeply and write clearly open doors to worlds of discovery in all content. In the Literacy Graduate Program at Lipscomb University, you will learn how to use research-based practices to positively impact the lives of learners of all ages. The core strength of the program is a comprehensive approach to literacy where you focus on the most current research in the field and in-depth study of literacy development and strategies to support learner success.

All courses in the literacy program at Lipscomb will develop leadership competencies so you are confidently equipped to lead in the field. When you graduate, you will be prepared to add on the reading specialist endorsement and the ELL endorsement to your current teaching license, proving your ability to become an expert classroom teacher, literacy coach, ELL instructor, curriculum specialist and leader in the field.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts for all degrees conferred and any other post-bachelor’s coursework
  • 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)
  • Résumé
  • 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.



EG 5363/6363 Action Research
EG 5543/6543 Teaching Writing
EG 5653/6563 Introduction to Education Research
EG 5743/6743 Leadership and Coaching in Literacy
EG 5753/6753 Emergent Literacy
EG 5763/6763 Reading in the Content Area
EG 5773/6773 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties
EGEL 5013/6013 Theory and Practice in Second Language Acquisition
EGEL 5033/6033 Grammar for ELL Teachers
EGEL 5043/6043 Curriculum & Design and Instruction in the ELL Classroom
EGEL 5053/6053 Culture, Communication and Community in the ELL Classroom
EGEL 5203/6203 Global Literature in a Linguistically Diverse Classroom

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 as well as those pursuing a career as a teacher. 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


Students or Less in a Typical Cohort

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.

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.


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Our Faculty

  • Suze Gilbert headshot

    Suze Gilbert

    Assistant Professor

    Suze Gilbert holds a B.S. degree in elementary education from Freed-Hardeman University, the M.Ed. and Ed.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University, and the Ed.D. in...

    Meet Suze Gilbert
  • Jeanne Fain headshot

    Jeanne Fain

    Program Director of ELL

    Jeanne Gilliam Fain is a professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University and she is the Director of MLL/ELL program. Her scholarship agenda includes a focus on Literacy,...

    Meet Jeanne Fain

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