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College of Education Accreditation

Lipscomb University's Teacher Education program is fully accredited by both the Tennessee State Board of Education and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation with a recent stellar accreditation review conducted in spring 2020. In order to support CAEP's commitment to transparency, the College of Education makes the following reports available for review.

The following programs were reviewed and received full CAEP accreditation in March 2020.  These programs are expected to be evaluated again in 2026 as part of a 7-year CAEP accreditation cycle.

Undergraduate Programs Graduate Programs
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Music
  • English
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement
  • French
  • German
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Teaching
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Special Education Interventionist
  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Administrative Licensure
  • Educational Leadership
  • English Language Learning
  • Gifted Education
  • Gifted Education and Advanced Academics
  • Instructional Practice
  • Reading Specialty
  • School Counseling
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Licensure


CAEP Accountability Measures

I. Completer Effectiveness & Impact on P-12 Learning

Tennessee’s Teacher Preparation Report Card:

View the Teacher Preparation Report Card

  • Retention rates in the teaching field
  • Job placement rates
  • Observation and Teacher Effectiveness Scores
  • Value-added or growth model data on teacher effectiveness
  • Assessment Pass Rate
Tennessee’s Leader Preparation Report Card includes:

View the Leader Preparation Report Card

  • Completers Over Time
  • Completers by Race
  • Praxis Leader Licensure Pass Rate


II. Satisfaction of Employers & Stakeholder Involvement

Lipscomb's College of Education partners with many schools and districts across the state of Tennessee. Our primary partnership agreement is with Metro Nashville Public Schools. We involve stakeholders from both public and private schools in our advisory meetings, planning, field placements, and continuous improvement.


III. Candidate Competence at Completion

Title II Reporting

Title II Reports Include results of state licensure exams.


IV. Ability of Completers to be Hired in Areas of Licensure


Additional Accreditation Resources


Loan Default Information

The documents and websites linked to this section provide information about Lipscomb University's federal student loan default rates. The Federal Student Aid Loan Default Rate Search connects to the Federal Department of Education's website where you can search for official cohort default rates by entering Lipscomb University's OPE-ID 003486.

For your convenience, a copy of the current Lipscomb student loan default rate report is also attached below, including the university's default rates for fiscal years 2017, 2016, and 2015.

Please note that "type" in these reports refers to the "type of institution." Lipscomb offers master's and doctorate degrees, so the rate published here includes all students up to that "type" which would include both traditional undergraduate candidates and graduate candidates.