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Special Education Interventionist

Program Overview

Program Overview

The Special Education Interventionist 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.

If you have a passion to teach students with disabilities, you’re in the right place. This program will provide you with the experience and credentials to do just this. 

You will write individualized education programs (IEPs), create behavior plans, and learn to collaborate with parents and other professionals. You will also receive general education training so that you will confidently be able to teach literacy and math skills to students in all sorts of settings. Hands-on experience will be readily available on-campus and off. You’ll work with Lipscomb’s IDEAL program and will continue on to student teach at a local school. 

Your degree will comply with Tennessee’s newest special education license requirements allowing you to teach in a variety of settings, both in the classroom and outside of it. You will be a sought after professional, and our 100 percent job placement rate continues to confirm the necessity of your skills. 




Job placement rate


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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.

Our Faculty

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    Misty Parsley

    Executive Director, Office of Accessibility and Learning Support

    Dr. Misty Vetter Parsley is a professor of Education and the Executive Director of the Office of Accessibility and Learning Supports at Lipscomb University. In her role, she oversees the...

    Meet Misty Parsley
  • Robbie Hampton headshot

    Robbie Hampton

    Associate 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
  • Katelyn Hadder headshot

    Katelyn Hadder

    Assistant Professor

    Katelyn was born in Memphis, TN and has lived in Tampa, FL, Virginia Beach, VA, and Knoxville, TN before residing here in Nashville. She attended the University of Tennessee where...

    Meet Katelyn Hadder
  • Kristan Shields headshot

    Kristan Shields

    Assistant Professor

    Meet Kristan Shields
  • Tia Pryor Graves headshot

    Tia Pryor-graves

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Matia Pryor Graves is an experienced educator who has held a wide range of leadership and teaching positions during her 15 years of experience in the field of education....

    Meet Tia Pryor-graves

Career Paths

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.

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, or emotional disabilities live independently. They work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, or psychological effects of disabilities on employment or independent living.

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