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About the College of Education

Education changes lives. Your journey to inspire and impact others begins here.

We set the bar high for a reason. Whether you want to nurture young lives, counsel students to support their goals and dreams, or develop talent among school leaders, it starts with education. We believe that high-quality education provides the tools and opportunities for progress and positive change among students and school leaders.


Trace Herbert

Dr. Trace Herbert, Interim Dean, College of Education, and Director, Doctor of Education

Your educational experience at Lipscomb will equip you to confidently begin or continue your journey in the field of education. Our graduates are highly sought after by P-12 school districts, independent schools, graduate programs, non-profit organizations, and higher education organizations due to our reputation for practical knowledge, collaboration, community, and standards of excellence. We value experience, which is why field experiences are a part of all of our licensure courses; field experiences are intentionally positioned to parallel content that is learned in Lipscomb coursework. We want our students to absorb relevant practices and experience them in action. Our graduates consistently rank at the very top of teachers and leaders who produce strong achievement results in their students within their first two years of graduating. In addition, our alumni and employer surveys point to high satisfaction with their preparation and experiences.

In addition to our focus on both best practices and field experiences, our programs are grounded in a foundation of faith. We believe that faith, when intertwined with high-quality preparation, results in teachers, counselors, and leaders with not only strong pedagogical and leadership skills, but also greater empathy, better understanding of others, and a broader ability to support student differences and issues. Our intentionally holistic professional preparation is what has made us one of the country’s most outstanding choices for educator preparation.

If you want to be an educator or leader who inspires excellence, we welcome you to our program.

Dr. Trace Hebert

Interim Dean, College of Education, and Director, Doctor of Education

Key things to know about Lipscomb’s College of Education

  • The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) designated Lipscomb University’s College of Education as one of 26 providers from 17 states and the United Arab Emirates to be recognized for quality and excellence as recipients of the 2021 Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement. These institutions were recognized based on data trends to achieve accreditation with no stipulations or areas for improvement.
  • On the 2019 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
  • Lipscomb University’s undergraduate and graduate elementary teacher prep programs stand out as among only 17 elementary programs in the country that earned an A in both clinical practice and classroom management, and serve as a model of excellence for others according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. 
  • 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
  • The College of Education founded the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation to provide high quality, innovative teaching and learning training and resources to improve student achievement across the state of Tennessee. The 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.
  • The College of Education is the recipient of more than $2.5 million in competitive grant monies for in-service training for math and science teachers across Middle Tennessee.
  • The College of Education includes IDEAL, a two-year, inclusive postsecondary certificate program for students with disabilities.
  • The College of Education is partnered with the Ayers Foundation, Scarlett Family Foundation, and the Kern Family Foundation through generous grants to provide leadership development and pipeline opportunities in districts across the state with a focus on character development, business acumen, and conflict management. 
  • The College of Education has partnered with Teach for America since 2018 to provide leadership pipeline opportunities for Metro Nashville Public Schools through the Nashville Aspiring School Leaders Fellowship.
  • The College of Education has been the local education partner for Teach for America teaching corps since 2009.
  • We offer 28 areas of certification for an initial practitioner teaching license; 5 areas of certification for an add-on endorsement; initial school counseling license; and initial instructional leadership license.
  • We offer 13 graduate programs, including 8 Certificate level, 12 Masters, 10 Ed.S., 2 Non-degree Teaching programs, and 1 doctoral program.
  • More than 600 students enrolled in graduate education programs

Key things to know about Lipscomb's College of Education advanced programs

  • District partnerships include training over 350 MNPS teachers for ESL certification, over 150 Sumner County teachers and administrators in Instructional Coaching; more partnerships are coming for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Within 3 years of graduating, 33% of Advanced Program graduates report a promotion or higher position
    • Most graduates (86%) of Advanced Program have positions in the field of education (P-16); higher education positions are held by 10% of Advanced Program graduates
    • Advanced program graduates are hired by a diverse set of employers including Metro Nashville Public Schools, Williamson County Schools, Maury County Schools, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University, Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Rutherford County Schools, Franklin Special School District, Lipscomb Academy, Nashville Christian School, and Lipscomb University
  • Educational Leadership pipeline partnerships through the Tennessee Transformational Leadership Alliance, Kern Family Foundation Fellowship, and Ayers Foundation Fellowship representing 23 districts in four Tennessee CORE Regions: Mid-Cumberland, South Central, Southwest, and Northwest
  • More than half (60%) of Ayers Leadership Fellows are in positions of leadership or have been tapped for leadership
    • The average level of poverty for all schools that employ Ayers Leadership Fellows is 43%
    • Most (94%) Ayers Leadership Fellows remain with their district after graduation
    • All schools where the executive principal is an Ayers Leadership Fellows received a TVAAS score of 5 for literacy and overall growth; a TVAAS score of 3 is the average literacy score for Ayers Leadership Fellows in positions of school leadership
  • The ELL program is a district partner in professional development and EL Certification for over 350 Metro Nashville Public School teachers; the ELL program also partners with Rutherford County, Williamson, Franklin Special School District, and local charter schools
  • Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) has been a Reading Specialty partner
  • School Counseling partners with Ayers Foundation in the Ignite Conference and a grant from the federal government (GEAR UP). School Counseling candidates have also contributed to professional development at state and local nonprofit organizations (TN Counseling Association and Middle TN Counseling Association)
  • The Special Education Summer Intensive program hosts 20 students per summer to add a special education interventionist license to an existing teaching license

College of Education Enrollment

  • Undergraduate: 138
  • Masters & Ed.S.: 422
  • Certificate, Endorsement & Licensure: 190
  • Doctorate: 126


  • Average ACT Composite: 24.93
  • Average GPA: 3.61
  • Praxis Pass Rate: 100%


  • Average MAT Score: 400
  • Average GPA: 3.86
  • Praxis Pass Rate: 100%

*As of Fall 2020