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Program Overview

Program Overview

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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application
  • $50 application fee
  • 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).
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
     
Courses

Courses

18 credit hours of course work:

  • EG 5053 - Planning, Instruction & Assessment
  • EG 5063 - Building Classroom Communities
  • EG 5793 - Integrated Literacy
  • EG 5303 - Teaching Diverse Learners

Students will choose ONE of the following methods courses depending on area of certification:

  • EG 5143 - Methods in STEM K-5
  • EG 5153 - Methods for Adolescent Learners
  • EG 5163 - Early Childhood Methods
  • EG 5173 - Methods in Art Education
  • EG 5183 - Teaching of English Language Arts
  • EG 5193 - Teaching of History/Social Sciences
  • EG 5423 - Methods in STEM Content Areas 

Students will choose ONE of the following courses depending on area of certification: 

  • EG 5023 - Principles of Learning or
  • EG 5803 - Literacy Foundations and Standards

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. 

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

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

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.

Networking

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.

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Our Faculty

  • 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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  • Julie Simone

    Julie Simone

    Instructor

    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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  • 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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Career Paths

Middle School Teachers

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

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

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.