Prospective Students

Information for Prospective Students

Programs of Study

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Apply Now
The Master of Education degree is designed for the educator whose interest lies in broadening both academic preparation and classroom skills.

Master of Education with Certification (M.Ed.) Apply Now  ***Summer Cohort Program
A 36-credit-hour degree program that allows individuals with baccalaureate degrees who are not certified to teach to earn a Master's degree while completing teacher certification requirements in Early Childhood-6, Middle School, or High School.

Master of Education in Reading and Writing (M.Ed.) Apply Now  
The Master of Education degree in Reading and Writing at Southern Methodist University is uniquely designed to prepare teachers for leadership in the implementation of the multi-tiered model of reading instruction currently being put into effect in schools in Texas and across the country.

Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed.) Apply Now
Beginning in Fall 2013, the Master of Education in Special Education degree program will offer a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares currently certified teachers to be special educators and teacher leaders for school-aged students with special needs.

Master of Bilingual Education (M.B.E.) Apply Now
The 36-credit program is intended for Spanish/English bilingual educators who have a near native or native command of Spanish and English. There are three different M.B.E. programs offered, one that is a broad traditional program, one that focuses on gifted students who are limited in English proficiency, and a third program that offers a focus on special education.

Bilingual Education Supplemental Certification Apply Now
This 12-credit-hour program prepares teachers for the Texas supplemental certification exam in bilingual education. 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Supplemental Certification Apply Now
This 12-credit-hour program prepares teachers for the English as a Second Language (ESL) certification exam. 

Gifted & Talented Education Supplemental Certification Apply Now 
This 12-credit-hour program prepares teachers for the state certification exam in gifted education. The Gifted Students Institute offers a series of one- and two-day in-service seminars led by nationally recognized experts in the field of gifted education.

Learning Therapy Certification
A 22-hour professional certification program for individuals interested in working with children or adults who have dyslexia or related language learning disorders.

Master Mathematics Teacher (MMT) Apply Now
This 12-credit-hour program prepares teachers to earn the MMT certificate through the State Board of Educator Certification.

Master Reading Teacher (MRT) Apply Now
This 12-credit-hour program prepares teachers to earn the MRT certificate through the State Board of Educator Certification. 

Master Science Teacher (MST) Apply Now
This 12-credit-hour program prepares teachers to earn the MST certificate through the State Board of Educator Certification. 

The credential required to teach any grade from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in a Texas public school is a teaching certificate. The certificate identifies both the grade range and at the middle and high school levels the subject/content area. The Texas Education Agency provides a snapshot of this certification process, Becoming a Certified Texas Educator Through a University Program.

The Department of Teaching & Learning offers future educators three routes to certification and each of them concludes with student or intern teaching.

    1. Undergraduate: Current SMU students can apply to be in the Teacher Education Program, which prepares them to obtain a Standard Certificate to teach in the state of Texas. The prospective student must fulfill all entrance requirements in order to be admitted into the program. In the state of Texas, students cannot major in education. They can, however, earn a minor in education at SMU by completing the 24 credit hours of education course work for teacher certification. As a result, students have the advantage of pursuing a program of work which includes an academic major as well as preparing to teach, thus allowing students to have two career options. As early as possibly in your college career and as soon as you know that you might like to be a teacher, schedule an appointment with one of the Department of Teaching and Learning Advisers by calling (214)768-2346.
    2. Post-Baccalaureate:  This program is designed for the student who already possesses a baccalaureate degree and wants to become a certified Texas teacher. It is a 30 credit program and students can begin in any semester.

3. Master's:  This program gives students the opportunity to obtain a master's degree and become a certified Texas teacher after completing the 36 credit program. This is a cohort program that starts in the summer.

***Please reference the Teacher Certification page for more detailed information.

Financial Information


All graduate students who are registered or who are applying for the academic year are eligible for scholarship consideration. The Department of Teaching and Learning appreciates the generous private support of the donors who make these merit scholarship awards possible each year.

Annette Caldwell Simmons Scholarship

*For practicing and pre-service teachers

Annette Caldwell Simmons was born in Tyler, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Southern Methodist University in 1957. After graduating from SMU, she taught second and third grade at Maple Lawn Elementary School in Dallas and at Clark Field, a U.S. air base in the Philippines.

The Simmons Scholars Program was created to provide merit scholarships to students who are pre-service or practicing teachers pursuing coursework in any of our graduate programs.

Anne P. Herrscher Scholarship

*For practicing and pre-service teachers applying for Special Education or Reading and Writing programs

The Herrscher Family Endowed Fund in Education was established in 2006 in honor of Anne P. Herrscher to provide support for programs that train teachers of individuals with learning differences.

The Herrscher Scholarship fund was created to provide merit scholarships to students who are pre-service or practicing teachers pursuing coursework in the Special Education or Reading and Writing programs.

Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship

*For students applying for a Master of Bilingual Education in Fall 2014

The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship fund is a generous gift from Harold C. and Annette C. Simmons. This fund provides graduate fellowships in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs for students in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship is named in honor of Mr. Simmons’ mother, Fairess Simmons, who was a teacher. “I grew up in a home that valued education,” the late Harold Simmons said. “My father and mother both were educators, and they sacrificed so that I could attend college. I’ve been able to use my education to become successful in business and to support important efforts that have an impact on other people’s lives. This gift will represent our shared commitment to support teachers likes the ones who made a difference in our own lives.”

The Fairess Simmons Scholarship Program was created to provide merit scholarships to pre-service or practicing teachers interested in pursuing coursework in the Master of Bilingual Education program.

Walker Merit Scholarship

*For practicing teachers only

In 2000, Mrs. Margaret Wheeler established the endowment for the Arthur and Ruth Walker Scholarship Fun in memory of her brother and sister, Arthur and Ruth Walker. The Walker children (Arthur, Ruth, and Margaret) grew up on a Texas cotton farm during the early part of the last century and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. The Walker family struggled to survive during desperate times in the pre-depression era and succeeded despite the odds. Arthur Walker ultimately became a distinguished professor at a university in Virginia and an early innovator of the MBA curriculum. Ruth Walker taught economics during the Great Depression. Margaret Wheeler made her success in real estate development during the 1960s.
The Walker Merit Scholarship Program was created to provide merit scholarships to students who are practicing teachers and are interested in pursuing coursework in any of our graduate programs.

How to apply

All graduate students who are registered for the academic year are eligible. Access the scholarship application and full instructions online.

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship applications must be received by the priority admissions deadline. Those deadlines are listed here.

Graduate students in the program take advantage of SMU's "Master Educator" rate. The tuition rate for the 2013-2014 academic year is $541.00 per credit hour. The tuition rate for 2014-2015 will be $568 per credit hour.

Parking fees are the only additional charges to consider. More information is available on the Bursar's website.

Students who are admitted to a degree program (M.Ed., M.Ed. with Certification, M.Ed. in Reading and Writing, or the M.B.E.) and who enroll for a minimum of 6 hours in any one term may be eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Applicants may submit forms to financial aid before being accepted into the program. Students interested in applying for Direct Loans from the federal government can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The priority filing deadline for the summer term is March 1, fall term is April 1, and spring term is November 1.

Click here for more information about financial aid.