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College of Education


The best educators maintain the mindset of students: always curious, diligent and imaginative. At Lipscomb, we develop educators who are leaders, lifelong learners and are prepared to lead educational organizations through innovation, collaboration and strategic change. Those skills make our graduates exemplary. In fact, we are consistently ranked as having one of the most effective teaching programs in the state of Tennessee and the U.S., thanks to the difference our graduates make in the classroom. If you are ready to make an impact on the next generation, join one of Lipscomb College of Education’s academic programs and become a teacher and leader who inspires students and changes our world.

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Undergraduate Programs

PK-12 teachers are expected to have mastery of content and pedagogy necessary to meet the needs of students. The College of Education partners with other academic departments to achieve needed skill for a lifelong career in education.

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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs — certificates, master’s, education specialist and doctorate — develop leaders in the classroom and in the field of education. Ranked as one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in the state, Lipscomb’s College of Education will prepare to confidently lead with excellence and integrity from day one.

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Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation

The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning & Innovation was established as a partnership between the Ayers Foundation and Lipscomb University’s College of Education. We serve as a bridge between policy and practice, as well as between educators in PK-12 and higher education. Our mission is to support teachers and leaders in improving student outcomes through proven professional learning and to incubate innovative instructional ideas and resources.

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Pionero Scholars Program

Creating a local pipeline of teacher candidates who plan to teach in Davidson county communities. By providing scholarships to a number of these students who are passionate about teaching, our program prepares graduates to return to teach in their local communities and provide quality education to the next generation.

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Meet the key people that make up the College of Education.

  • Deborah Boyd

    Deborah Boyd

    Dean, College of Education

    Deborah Boyd has more than 40 years of experience in education including teaching and leadership at the K-12 and university levels. Currently dean of the Lipscomb University College of Education...

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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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  • Sarah Duncan

    Sarah Duncan

    Associate Professor

    Sarah Duncan was a language arts teacher and intervention coach in Mississippi before coming to Lipscomb. A former National Board Certified Teacher, she currently teaches literacy and clinical practice courses...

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  • Jeanne Gilliam Fain

    Jeanne Fain


    Jeanne Gilliam Fain is a Professor and Lead Faculty for Multilingual Learners at Lipscomb University, where she teaches ELL endorsement courses, classroom-based research, and literacy courses. She has worked as...

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  • Terry Sue Fanning

    Terry Sue Fanning

    Associate Professor

    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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  • Lance Forman

    Lance Forman

    Assistant Professor

    Lance Forman served for 13 years in the Metro Nashville School District as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and executive principal prior to joining the College of Education in 2017....

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  • Vanessa Garcia

    Vanessa Garcia

    Director of the Instructional Practice Program

    Vanessa Garcia is the Executive Officer of Elementary Schools for Metro Nashville Public Schools. She is an experienced educator who has held various leadership positions in her 20-year career. That...

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  • Suze Gilbert

    Suze Gilbert

    Assistant Professor

    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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  • Robbie Hampton

    Robbie Hampton

    Assistant Professor

    Robbie Hampton is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education. Her primary duties are with teacher candidates in Special Education. She teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate courses...

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  • Michelle Hasty

    Michelle Hasty

    Assistant Professor

    A Nashville native and graduate of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Michelle Hasty received a B.A. in English from Auburn University in 1995, an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Vanderbilt...

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  • 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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    Tracey Hebert

    Director, Doctoral Program in Education

    Trace Hebert holds a B.S. degree from Abilene Christian University, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University....

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  • Debi Hoggatt

    Debi Hoggatt

    Assistant Professor

    Deborah Hoggatt completed her undergraduate work in Michigan. She later earned her master's degree in Human Development at Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University....

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  • Kara Krinks

    Kara Krinks

    Assistant Professor

    Kara Krinks earned her undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University in Engineering Science. She later earned an M.A.T. in Secondary Science Education and a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education from...

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  • Annette Little

    Annette Little


    Annette Little taught special education classes in residential treatment centers, public schools, and alternative schools for eight years before moving into higher education. She then spent four years directing research...

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  • Karen Marklein

    Karen Marklein

    Program Director

    Karen Marklein is the program director for professional learning at the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation. She holds a master's in educational leadership from Bethel University, and served...

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  • Emily Medlock

    Emily Medlock

    Director of Undergraduate Education and Student Te

    Emily Medlock is an Associate Professor in the College of Education. She works with teacher candidates and facilitates undergraduate coursework in Clinical Practice II and Math Methods. Medlock works with...

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  • Rachael Milligan

    Rachael Milligan

    Assistant Dean, College of Education

    Originally from Huntsville, Ala., Rachael Milligan joined the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation at Lipscomb in August 2013 and served as a Program Director before becoming Managing Director....

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  • Emily Mofield

    Emily Mofield

    Assistant Professor

    Emily Mofield, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education teaching classes for the Doctor of Education Program and Gifted Education graduate studies. Her background includes 15 years...

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  • Keith Nikolaus

    Keith Nikolaus


    Living most of his life in Middle Tennessee, Keith Nikolaus is an alumnus of David Lipscomb Campus School (1971) and David Lipscomb College (1975). He earned both his M.Ed. in...

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  • Julia Osteen

    Julie Osteen

    Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and

    Julia Osteen joined the Ayers Institute Staff in August, 2013 with a focus in online learning. She coaches College of Education faculty on their use of technology for learning and...

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  • Megan Parker Peters

    Megan Parker Peters

    Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Researc

    Megan Parker Peters is an associate professor and the Director of Teacher Assessment at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and school psychologist who focuses on the needs of...

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  • Misty Parsley

    Misty Parsley

    Director, Master of Education/Special Education

    Misty Parsley has bachelors and masters degrees in Speech Language Pathology and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration. She has dedicated her career to students with disabilities, previously serving...

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    Andrea Pewitt


    Andrea Pewitt joined the College of Education faculty as the Program Director for the IDEAL program during the summer of 2017 after working for 18 years in a local school...

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  • Contessa Sanders

    Tessa Sanders

    Assistant Professor

    Contessa Sanders has served as an educational consultant in cities such as Detroit Mich., New Orleans La., Charlotte N.C., Fort Lauderdale Fla.. In Nashville, Tenn., she has served as a...

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  • Julie Simone

    Julie Simone


    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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  • Marcia Stewart

    Marcia Stewart


    Marcia Stewart has been a full-time member of the Lipscomb faculty since 1993. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and an Ed.D. in Curriculum...

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  • Roger Wiemers

    Roger Wiemers


    Roger Wiemers has taught at the graduate level for over 15 years with a speciality in research statistics. He earned both M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from Tennessee State University. Wiemers...

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Undergraduate Programs

At Lipscomb, we prepare, equip, serve and inspire our students so that they master the knowledge and skills needed to become compassionate and competent educators. Be prepared academically, professionally and spiritually to make a positive impact on the next generation.

Our four core degrees are listed below, followed by degrees which include a subject area teaching offering.

Graduate Programs

Things move fast in today's classrooms and educators must be adaptable and flexible. Our certificates, master’s, education specialist and doctoral degree programs prepare students who are passionate about doing and being more. Whether your focus is leadership, technology or behavior analysis, you’ll be trained in the latest research-based techniques and gain the field experience to put them into practice. Become the educator you feel called to be.