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College of Education


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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Secondary teacher prep by NCTQ


Years as Teach for America’s licensing partner


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

  • Trace Hebert headshot

    Trace Hebert

    Interim Dean, College of 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....

    Meet Trace Hebert
  • Megan Parker Peters headshot

    Megan Parker Peters

    Interim Associate Dean

    Dr. Megan Parker Peters is the Interim Associate Dean, an Associate Professor, and the Director of Accreditation, Assessment, and Research at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and licensed...

    Meet Megan Parker Peters
  • Rachael Milligan headshot

    Rachael Milligan

    Assistant Dean, College of Education

    Rachael was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She met her husband, Matt, when they were both undergraduates at Harding University, where Rachael studied History and Political Science. Rachael and...

    Meet Rachael Milligan
  • Kristin Blankenship headshot

    Kristin Blankenship

    Director of Graduate Enrollment, Education

    Kristin started as the administrative assistant supporting day to day operations of the institute in August 2014. Kristin graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2007 with a degree in Sports...

    Meet Kristin Blankenship
  • Deborah Boyd headshot

    Deborah Boyd

    Professor, Education Leadership

    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...

    Meet Deborah Boyd
  • Kristin Baese headshot

    Kristin Baese

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Kristin Baese is a third generation Lipscomb alum and a third generation educator. She met her husband, Jon, while they were both undergraduate students serving on a spring break...

    Meet Kristin Baese
  • Sarah Duncan headshot

    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...

    Meet Sarah Duncan
  • Jeanne Fain headshot

    Jeanne Fain


    Jeanne Gilliam Fain is a professor in the College of Education and lead faculty of Multilingual Learners at Lipscomb University. Her scholarship agenda includes a focus on Literacy, Literature, and...

    Meet Jeanne Fain
  • 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...

    Meet Terry Sue Fanning
  • Lance Forman headshot

    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....

    Meet Lance Forman
  • Vanessa Garcia headshot

    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...

    Meet Vanessa Garcia
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    Suze Gilbert

    Assistant Professor

    Suze Gilbert was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She met her husband, Eric, in high school and they married in 1993. Eric and Suze have 3 children. Suze earned...

    Meet Suze Gilbert
  • Robbie Hampton headshot

    Robbie Hampton

    Assistant Professor

    Robbie was born in Memphis, TN and grew up in Nashville after moving here during elementary school. She attended MTSU and received a BS in Elementary and Special Education. She...

    Meet Robbie Hampton
  • Michelle Hasty headshot

    Michelle Hasty

    Associate Professor

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

    Meet Michelle Hasty
  • 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....

    Meet Ally Hauptman
  • Debi Hoggatt headshot

    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....

    Meet Debi Hoggatt
  • Kara Krinks headshot

    Kara Krinks

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Kara Krinks is an assistant professor in the College of Education. She earned her undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University in Engineering Science. She later earned an M.A.T. in Secondary...

    Meet Kara Krinks
  • Annette Little headshot

    Annette Little


    Dr. Annette Little taught special education classes in residential treatment centers, public schools, and alternative schools for 8 years before moving into higher education. She then spent 4 years directing...

    Meet Annette Little
  • Karen Marklein headshot

    Karen Marklein

    Director of Programs, Ayers Institute

    Dr. Karen Marklein is director of programs for the Ayers Institute for Learning & Innovation and assistant professor in the College of Education. The first 20 years of Karen's professional...

    Meet Karen Marklein
  • Emily Medlock headshot

    Emily Medlock

    Director of Undergraduate Education and Student Te

    Dr. Emily Medlock is the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Student Teaching as well as an associate professor in the College of Education. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University...

    Meet Emily Medlock
  • Emily Mofield headshot

    Emily Mofield

    Assistant Professor

    Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education teaching courses in gifted education and in the Ed.D. Program for Leadership and Strategic Change. With over 20 years of experience...

    Meet Emily Mofield
  • Keith Nikolaus headshot

    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...

    Meet Keith Nikolaus
  • Julia Osteen headshot

    Julia Osteen

    Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and

    Julia Osteen is the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Instructor of Education at Lipscomb University. Prior to coming to the CTL, she worked as the...

    Meet Julia Osteen
  • Misty Parsley headshot

    Misty Parsley

    Director, Master of Education/Special Education

    Dr. Parsley has a bachelor and a master degrees in Speech Language Pathology and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration. She has dedicated her career to students with disabilities,...

    Meet Misty Parsley
  • Andrea Pewitt headshot

    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...

    Meet Andrea Pewitt
  • Tessa Sanders headshot

    Tessa Sanders

    Assistant Professor

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

    Meet Tessa Sanders
  • Julie Simone

    Julie Simone


    Ever since she was young, Julie Simone has always known she wanted to be a teacher. She earned her undergraduate and master degrees in elementary and special education from Vanderbilt...

    Meet Julie Simone
  • Marcia Stewart

    Marcia Stewart

    Adjunct Faculty

    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...

    Meet Marcia Stewart
  • Roger Wiemers

    Roger Wiemers

    Adjunct Faculty

    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...

    Meet Roger Wiemers

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.