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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
  • 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

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: 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