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College of Education among top in state for teacher prep program in report card for 11th straight year

Lipscomb is once again recognized for excellence in preparing teachers to be successful in the classroom.

Kim Chaudoin | 

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For the 11th consecutive year, Lipscomb University has once again been recognized as one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in Tennessee as it earned high marks on the 2022 Teacher Preparation Report Card recently released by the Tennessee State Board of Education.

The report card was released this month in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of how Tennessee colleges and universities that offer education programs and other teacher preparation providers are training new teachers for success in Tennessee’s classrooms. 

State data on the effectiveness of new Tennessee teachers once again indicates Lipscomb’s College of Education is one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in the state. Lipscomb’s teacher preparation program earned “exceeds expectations” in two of three categories and one “meets expectations” ratings in the three scored performance categories on the report. 

Leslie Cowell

Leslie Cowell

“The data show that Lipscomb’s College of Education is consistently one of the top programs for preparing teachers to be successful in the classroom,” said Leslie Cowell, dean of the college. “Our goal is to prepare educators at the highest level to make a positive impact on their students, and it is always satisfying and rewarding to have a measurement of how we are doing to meet that goal. This is a reflection of the hard work and talent of our education faculty as well as a measure of the high caliber of our teacher and leader candidates that come through our program every year. This is a very important way we can make a positive impact on our community and to serve education by equipping and preparing teachers with the tools and strategies they need to succeed.”

Report card scores are based on data compiled about an institution’s completers from the 2018-19, 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic cycles who are teaching in public schools systems in Tennessee. Due to COVID-19-related school closures, no teacher evaluation data is available from the 2019-20 school year.  The Teacher Preparation Report Card captures the abilities of Tennessee preparation providers to train new teachers for success in Tennessee’s classrooms and provides an overall picture of how well each provider is able to prepare effective teachers and meet state goals.

Tennessee has produced a Teacher Preparation Report Card since 2009. The 2022 Report Card contains three scored domains, along with two additional categories, satisfaction and provider impact, for which no scores were assigned by the state this year:

  • employment, which evaluates Lipscomb’s performance in preparing educators to begin and remain teaching in Tennessee public schools; 
  • candidate profile, which evaluates Lipscomb’s ability to recruit a strong, diverse cohort of candidates and prepare them to teach in the content area of greatest need; and
  • candidate assessment, which evaluates Lipscomb’s performance in preparing candidates to pass the pedagogical and content-area assessments to obtain a Tennessee teaching license.
Teacher reading to classroom

In the report, Lipscomb’s data reflected that its cohorts are among the most racially and ethnically diverse in the state. It also indicated that 56.6% of Lipscomb cohort members are filling high-need subject area staffing needs, which far exceeds the state average of 29.1%. Lipscomb’s College of Education also exceeded expectations on teacher licensure candidate pass rates with a 96.9% pedagogical assessment pass rate and a 92.4% content assessment pass rate. Lipscomb also posted a Praxis leader licensure pass rate of 99.5% for 2022. In the employment domain, Lipscomb also received high marks with 83.5% of its education graduates finding a job in a Tennessee public school within a year of graduation with 97.5% of those remaining in their teaching positions, which exceeds the state average. 

Each domain consists of two to six metrics, and the report includes three years of provider data. The 2023 teacher prep report included 557 Lipscomb completers, data showing Lipscomb to be the largest teacher preparation program among all private universities in the state and the fourth largest overall.

The goal of the Teacher Preparation Report Card is to create a user-friendly tool that provides focused information about providers, the effectiveness of graduates and promotes stakeholder conversations about continuous improvement. The 2022 Teacher Preparation Report Card is a tool for use by local school districts, Tennessee’s many teacher preparation providers, and aspiring teachers. It includes multiple measures to offer an overall picture of a college, university or preparation provider’s success in meeting Tennessee’s goals for instructing effective teachers.

The report card provides focused information about the effectiveness of graduates and is designed to promote continuous improvement of preparation programs and highlight the importance of strong partnership with school districts. To that end, the report card also provides transparency and metrics to show progress toward meeting key state needs, including a teacher workforce that better reflects the student population and addresses high-demand subject areas. The 2022 Teacher Preparation Report Card can be found online at

Lipscomb University’s College of Education offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in a variety of academic programs. It  is consistently recognized as one of the most effective teacher preparation programs in Tennessee and in the nation. In fall 2021, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) announced that Lipscomb University is 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. In 2019, the College of Education was also awarded a $2.49 million grant from the Kern Family Foundation to develop an innovative leadership development program for principals focused on character, academic excellence and business acumen in the rising generation of leaders. Since 2013, the National Council for Teacher Quality has consistently ranked Lipscomb’s College of Education programs among the top 25 in the nation, ranking them as high as No. 1 nationally in 2014.

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