SMU's Master of Education with Certification program is tailor-made for the individual who would like to teach and already has a bachelor's degree but who does not have the appropriate certification credentials. This program allows students to pursue a graduate degree and a teaching credential simultaneously. The program can be an excellent choice for someone who is interested in making a career change to teaching or for someone who is ready to resume a career after being at home with children and would like that career to involve young people.
The Master of Education with Certification program allows the individual with a baccalaureate degree to earn a Master's degree while completing teacher certification requirements in Early Childhood - Grade 6 (EC-6), Middle School, or High School.
In the M.Ed. with Certification, participants enter the program during the summer as a member of a cohort and progress through the program in a structured manner. Learning and working in a cohort builds on shared knowledge and experiences and develops a supportive peer group. The basic program consists of 36 hours of coursework. The program is selective and intense, offering well-qualified and motivated individuals the opportunity to telescope Master's level courses and basic educator preparation. Individuals who seek employment as teachers will have strong credentials with both a master's degree and a teaching certificate. In many cases, these qualifications will give applicants an advantage as they seek employment. Successful student teachers will graduate in December. Interns, on the other hand, are required by the state to be supervised for a full academic year, so interns typically graduate in May. Advisers will provide an orientation and information about certification testing required by the state.
Requirements for Admission
All candidates for the Early Childhood through 6th grade (EC-6) certification must have completed at least 6 hours each in English, math, social studies (economics, history, government), and science with a final grade no lower than a C (2.0).
All candidates for middle school (4-8) certification must have at least 6 credit hours in each of these areas of study: math, science, social studies, English. All candidates for high school (grades 7-12) certification must have completed at least 24 credit hours in the subject they want to teach with at least half of those hours in upper division courses. In both certification areas, there can be no final grade lower than a C (2.0) on the transcript. Please check with a Simmons adviser to verify that the subject area is recognized by the Texas Education Agency. Please call 214-768-2346 to schedule an appointment to meet with an adviser.
Please read over additional admission requirements here.
Programs of Study
Expectations during program participation
In addition to satisfactory performance in the coursework of the program, including satisfactory attendance, each participant will be required to attend Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) review sessions prior to taking any TExES examination.
Many participants will choose to student teach in the second fall; others will prefer to seek a teaching position (internship) in Dallas County or in another approved teaching site. Individual school districts pay interns’ salaries. SMU’s clinical faculty provides supervision during the two-semester internship.
Participation in the program does not guarantee a teaching position. Students who do not obtain teaching positions (internships) may register for and complete a one-semester, unpaid student-teaching assignment in an area school in place of the internship. The University does not recommend anyone for regular initial certification who has not completed six hours of internship (one full year as teacher of record) or six hours of student teaching (15 weeks of supervised student teaching) and passed both the content area TExES and the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) TExES examinations.