May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education

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Leslie Cowell,  Dean
Megan Parker Peters, Associate Dean, Director of Accreditation & Research
Trace Hebert, Director of Doctoral Education
Emily Medlock, Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education 

The College of Education is composed of both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The college’s teacher education program, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, is nationally accredited at the highest level by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and serves an increasing number of students each year.

The College of Education plans to continue this tradition of excellence but has set an even greater mission - a mission that includes not only providing exceptional service to the local Lipscomb community, but also exceptional service to the broader community in which we live. At its core, the College of Education is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all students by educating teacher-leaders, engaging with the community and enriching the lives of future and current teachers. An example of this service for all students is the addition of the IDEAL program (Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb). IDEAL is a two-year program providing education and career development for students ages 18-26 with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

On a daily basis, the College of Education strives to educate teacher-leaders who know how to infuse best teaching practices into every classroom and use data to make instructional decisions and who can influence others to do the same. One of the primary focus areas of the college is community engagement. The college has been awarded multiple grants in recent years to work with current teachers to improve their knowledge and skills in the classroom. Off-site learning experiences (i.e. clinical, practicum, internship, etc.) are required in many courses of study at Lipscomb. Successful completion of these experiential courses is required for graduation and/or licensure.

Graduate Programs in Education

The College of Education offers master’s, education specialist, and doctoral programs. The master of education programs are appropriate for those who are already licensed educators and also those seeking a teaching license. The areas of emphasis for master’s degrees are Applied Behavior Analysis Specialty, Educational Leadership, English Language Learning, Instructional Practice, Reading Specialty, School Counseling, Special Education, Technology Integration Specialty, Gifted Education, and Teaching, Learning, & Leading.

Because of the diversity of programs offered, individuals holding bachelor’s degrees in a variety of disciplines may seek teaching licensure while pursuing their master’s degree. The education specialist degree offers programs in Educational Leadership, English Language Learning, Gifted Education, and Reading Specialty.

The Doctor of Education Program (Ed.D.) in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change is an accelerated degree program with a unique collaborative dissertation experience. The program is offered in a two-year face-to-face format or a three-year online format.

The Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy studies is an interdisciplinary degree that aims to prepare students for high-level careers in leadership and service across a range of professional sectors. The program is delivered in face-to-face, online or hybrid schedules.

Graduate education courses have convenient evening, weekend, and online classes. For further information, please contact our Outreach and Enrollment department at or (615) 966-6113.