The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development promotes excellence by engaging in and disseminating scientifically-based research, preparing exemplary professionals in education and human development, collaborating with other schools and institutions in the development of model programs and furthering positive learning experiences in all stages of life.
Admission to the Masters' programs for educators focuses on K-12 education in the areas of reading and writing literacy; language acquisition; math, science, and technology education; bilingual education; learning theory; and giftedness. Admission is based upon evaluation for academic success and commitment to intellectual inquiry in the field of education. Applications are also evaluated on the basis of undergraduate (and any prior graduate) preparation, academic writing, GRE scores, and congruence between the applicant's objectives and the program interests.
General Admission Requirements for All Masters' Degree Programs:
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**Pay close attention, additional requirements may be listed on the application for your specific degree program.
Any application with missing pieces of information will be considered incomplete and will NOT be considered for admission until complete.
- Application fee of $75, submitted via online payment. This fee is non-refundable. This fee is waived if you have previously applied to a program within the Simmons School of Education.
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university.
- Official transcript(s) showing degree confirmed. Transcripts from countries outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from a recognized SMU evaluation agency. You may find a list of those agencies here.
- A preferred minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Note: Applicants whose GPA falls below 3.0 may request an exemption to this requirement by attaching a letter explaining why an exception should be made (such as long-term experience, expertise in a related specialized field, or the required Graduate Record Examination score).
- Statement of Purpose, submitted via email to email@example.com. The Statement of Purpose demonstrates the applicant's competence in writing the English language and ability to think critically. The Statement of Purpose should be a 2-3 page (500-750 words) written statement of how an applicant's career goals would be enhanced by realizing the goals of the program. The goals of all programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning are stated in our Conceptual Framework, which can be found on the last page of the application or click here to view the Conceptual Framework on our website.
- Three letters of recommendation, submitted via online application system. Select respondents who can attest to your academic ability, your teaching abilities, and your personal qualities. If you are currently teaching, one recommendation must be from your principal or other supervisor.
Additional Requirements for International Students:
- Submission of a current resume, uploaded via online application system.
- International students applying from countries where English is not the native language are required to provide scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). When requesting your official scores to be sent to SMU's School of Education and Human Development, please use code 7464. The minimum score for admission is 550 on a pencil and paper test or 83 on the internet-based test. For more information about admission of foreign students, click here.
- As evidence of financial support, foreign students must provide a Certification of Finance Form/Letter of Financial Backing, once admitted into a program. This should represent that sufficient money will be available to the applicant to cover all expenses while at the University. This letter may be signed by a parent or sponsor but must be certified by a bank. The document must be notarized and on file before the process for visas and passport can proceed.