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Program Overview

Program Overview

Earn the licensure to make a difference in literacy. We’ve designed our program with a special focus on instructional leadership, collaboration and expertise in the national English and Language Arts academic standards to allow teachers to add a reading specialist endorsement to their license. 

Our program intentionally balances pedagogical theories and implementable practices to create a comprehensive approach to training literacy specialists. The program is grounded in the five components of literacy as set forth by the National Reading Panel. 

The need to increase literacy in schools has never been more pressing. When you finish our program, we expect you’ll pass the praxis—just like every single one of our graduates—and go on to help readers of any age succeed through mentoring and coaching.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form, $50 application fee
  • Standardized exam score
  • References
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Health form
  • Resume
  • 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).
  • Standard writing sample
  • Interview
  • TOEFL where applicable
  • Resume


Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

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


Praxis pass rate

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.

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.


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.


Student to faculty ratio

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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  • Suze Gilbert

    Suze Gilbert

    Assistant Professor of Education

    Suze Gilbert has always wanted to be a school teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree from Freed-Hardeman University, learning from professors who affirmed her desire to become a teacher. She...

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Career Paths

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.

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.

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.