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About the College of Education

Chances are you have a very clear memory of a great teacher who made a life-changing impression on you.

You may even have memories of more than one such teacher. Lipscomb's College of Education is ready to help you be exactly that kind of teacher for someone else.

Deborah Boyd

Deborah Boyd, Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Education

Your education here will prepare you well to walk into a classroom and begin the awe-inspiring work of teaching students on day one. We know this is true because our graduates and employers regularly say as much. In fact, our graduates consistently rank at the very top of those teachers who produce achievement results in their students in their first two years of teaching. Plus, our graduate and employer surveys point to high satisfaction with their preparation and experiences. Beyond initial preparation, our opportunities for continued teacher and leadership development at the graduate level are varied and include doctoral level preparation.

Yes, you will be ready for teaching—or even better teaching if you are an experienced teacher. You will also be ready for leadership, for innovation in teaching, and for discerning and addressing students’ needs—because we pattern ourselves on the Great Teacher. We believe that faith, when intertwined with professional preparation, results in teachers with greater empathy, better understanding of others, and a broader ability to embrace student differences and issues. A keen focus on this kind of holistic professional preparation is what has made us one of the country’s most outstanding choices for teacher preparation.

If you want to be a teacher who consistently creates a positive classroom climate that supports academic excellence, we welcome you to our program.

Deborah Boyd, Ed.D.
Dean and Professor of Education

Key things to know about Lipscomb’s College of Education

  • On the 2018 Teacher Preparation Report Card, the Tennessee Department of Education awarded the college the highest overall performance rating for Education Preparation Programs in the state of Tennessee.
  • On the 2018 Teacher Preparation Report Card, the College of Education earned 84.7% of available points; the highest percentage of available points earned of any private university preparation program in the state of Tennessee.
  • The National Council on Teacher Quality recently ranked the College of Education's undergraduate secondary teacher prep program at the 99th percentile in the nation in 2017.
  • Lipscomb was highlighted for consistently producing teachers that outperform other teachers in the state based on the 3-year analysis of the Tennessee Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs. 
  • Founded the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation with the Ayers Foundation to provide high quality, innovative teaching and learning training and resources to improve student achievement across the state of Tennessee
  • Ayers Institute has received more than $2 million in grant funds to support both educator training and resource creation for higher education and for various school district partners across the state.
  • Recipient of more than $2.5 million in competitive grant monies for in-service training for math and science teachers across Middle Tennessee
  • Local education partner for Teach for America teaching corps since 2009
  • District partner for training over 350 MNPS teachers for ESL certification, over 60 Sumner County educators as Teacher Leaders, and more upcoming partnerships for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • 24 subject area certification options
  • 15 graduate programs with six specialized Ed.S. programs and a doctoral program
  • More than 600 students enrolled in graduate education programs
  • Three off-campus locations
  • Professional development provider in the first public-school-to-charter-school transformation in Tennessee with Nashville’s Cameron Middle School

College of Education Enrollment

  • Undergraduate: 128
  • Masters & Ed.S.: 332
  • Certificate, Endorsement & Licensure: 214
  • Doctorate: 116


  • Average ACT Composite: 24.51
  • Average GPA: 3.59
  • Average High School GPA: 3.72
  • Praxis Pass Rate: 100%


  • Average MAT Score: 402.4
  • Average GPA: 3.85
  • Praxis Pass Rate: 100%

*As of Fall 2019