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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Teacher Licensure 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.

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.

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed Online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts for all degrees conferred and any other coursework post bachelors.
  • 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)
  • Resume

View the College of Education's graduate programs application timeline.



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 teaching licensure requirements are described in the “Licensure Pathways” section of the program overview.

Candidates seeking a PreK-3 or a K-5 license

  • EGSE 5223 Building a Supportive Learning Environment
  • EG 5093 Cultural Perspectives
  • EGSE 5023 Special Ed disabilities
  • EGSE 5033 Special Ed Law
  • EGSE 5213 Collaboration and Coteaching
  • EG 5793 Integrated Literacy
  • EG 5053 Planning, Instruction, Assessment 
  • EG 5083 Literacy Foundations
  • And a blended K-5/SPED methods course.  EG 5143 Teaching Methods in a K-5 classroom
Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

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

*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.

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.


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.

Our Faculty

  • Ally Hauptman

    Ally Hauptman

    Associate 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....

    Meet Ally Hauptman
  • Julie Simone

    Julie Simone


    Ever since she was young, Julie Simone has always known she wanted to be a teacher. She earned her undergraduate and master degrees in elementary and special education from Vanderbilt...

    Meet Julie Simone
  • Kristin Baese headshot

    Kristin Baese

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Kristin Baese is a third generation Lipscomb alum and a third generation educator. She met her husband, Jon, while they were both undergraduate students serving on a spring break...

    Meet Kristin Baese

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.