We understand what it means to have a calling.

Hartwell University strives to support amazing people that want to become impactful educators by providing a highly affordable online path to a teaching degree.

Our Mission is to prepare competent compassionate K-12 educators equipped to positively impact the lives of children from a biblical worldview through innovative, transformative, and affordable online higher education.

We are mission-driven to compassionately meet the education needs of our most vulnerable young citizens in a way that demonstrates the value God places in us all.

Our History

In 2018, Matthew Flippen, Founder and President of Hartwell University, forecasted that K-12 schools would face significant staffing challenges that would harm children’s ability to reach their God-given potential.  Enrollment rates in traditional university education programs had been declining at 5% per year for over a decade.  Unfilled teacher vacancies were growing to over 250,000 annually and hitting our least-resourced communities the hardest.  The rapidly rising cost of higher education was making it harder and harder to pay back student loans on a teacher’s salary, keeping people from becoming educators.

In 2021, after prayer, research and development, Matthew and a team of expert educators launched Hartwell University designed specifically to empower the 1.2 million non-certified staff already working in our school systems to become the solution to this critical need.  Since then, Hartwell has been equipping, encouraging, supporting, and preparing a rapidly growing number of future educators.

Facts about Hartwell University

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Hartwell is currently growing enrollment in the Bachelor’s of Transformational Christian Education designed specifically to provide a path for non-certified staff to earn an affordable online teaching degree and certification.  This program is taught exclusively by experienced K-12 educators that are experts in their subject.  Hartwell’s courses are taught in eight (8) week terms and offered five (5) times per year.  Hartwell’s tuition costs $10,656 for the entire 120 credit hour degree and is typically paid monthly ($222 per month).  A majority of Hartwell students due to their low income status qualify for a 50% institutional scholarship reducing their monthly payment to $111.

Hartwell University Board of Regents

Dr. Donetrus Hill – Chairman, Executive Leadership Consultant with RJH & Associates, LLC and Senior Consultant with Global Schools Consultants

Dr. Kelly Bingham – Secretary, Former Superintendent of Liberty University K-12 Online

Dr. Eddie Coulson, Partner in the education consulting firm N2 Learning

Dr. Rick Fernandez, Answers Consulting, Founder of the Path Forward Podcast

Dr. Jacqueline King, CEO of Black Women Empowerment, BWE Network and Black Women Empowered Safe Haven

Dr. Toby Travis, Founder of TrustED and Superintendent of The Village Christian Academy

Hartwell University Board of Advisors

Dr. Lindsie Almquist – Education Leadership, Human Resource Management, Austin Independent School District – Executive Director of School Leadership & Campus Support

Dr.  Marla Behler – Education Leadership, Education Technology, Edgenuity Inc – Academies Instructional Supervisor

Dr. Lillie Cox – Education Leadership, WE LEAD Women in Educational Leadership – Owner/Founder

Kevin Dougherty – Education Technology, Chief Strategy Officer with 806 Technologies

Dr. Alex Granados – Higher Education Leadership, Calvary University – President

Dr. Mark Haywood – Higher Education Leadership, Grace School of Theology – Provost

Dr. La’Keisha Newsome – Education Leadership, Special Education, Henry County Schools – Special Education Supervisor

Dr. Linda Parker – Education Leadership, Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD – Deputy Superintendent

Bishop Kevin Whitaker – Ministry, Presiding Prelate of Raising the Standard international Fellowship

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Strategic Partners

Black Women Empowered (BWE) is a Christian ministry that provides encouragement, motivation and inspiration.  Hartwell University is honored to partner with BWE in our mission to provide an affordable online teaching degree for those that need a path to becoming amazing educators.

What People Learn In Our Program

If you are seeking to become a teacher, we provide you with the skills necessary to thrive in the classroom. Topics you’ll cover include:

Excellent Instruction

Content Frameworks

Curriculum Development

Reading Strategies for All Ages

Being a Teacher that glorifies God

Culture and Learning

Research-Based Curriculum

We continually update our curriculum to provide the most effective and relevant material so that you can best serve the students you teach.


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Why we do what we do

Educators shape the hopes, dreams and aspirations of their students.  We believe that empowering passionate people with biblical-based skills and principles will bring out the best in the children you will teach.



If you have a heart to inspire all children and a desire to help them succeed, we’ll give you the tools needed to fulfill your calling.



You’ll be joining our family and creating another family in the classroom you lead. So many children need a healthy encouraging place that feels like home.



When you show a child that has lost hope that they have value and that God loves them, your impact will never be forgotten.



We'll guide to be able to lead your classroom with excellence. Children from all backgrounds and neighborhoods will be enriched because of your efforts and preparation.

Do you want to make an impact on others as a teacher? Apply for free today and we will guide you to fulfilling your goals.