Return To Campus Plan
Lipscomb University's comprehensive plan to return to campus.Learn More
Kick off your career in education. Our alternative teaching licensure program is specifically and uniquely designed to meet the needs of the new teacher by providing you with a support system of veteran teachers and expert professors as you are in practice.
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.
View the College of Education's graduate programs application timeline.
Tennessee licensure requirements include an extended clinical experience. Candidates must take either EG 5417 Enhanced Student Teaching (seven hours) and EG 5402 Student Teaching Seminar (two hours) or EG 513V Mentoring (four hours minimum) and a non-credit edTPA course (for individuals with job-embedded licenses only) in order to complete licensure requirements.
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:
College of Education
One University Park Drive
Nashville, TN 37204
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.
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.
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.
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....Learn More
Julie Simone earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in elementary and special education from Vanderbilt University. Â Now in her 33rd year of teaching, Julie has taught everything from preschool to...Learn More
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...Learn More
Middle school teachers educate students, typically in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult curriculum they will face in high school.
Kindergarten and elementary school teachers instruct young students in basic subjects, such as math and reading, in order to prepare them for future schooling.
Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.