Prospective Students

Admission Requirements

Overview

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.

Application Resources

Website to apply: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/smued/

There is an application checklist available for download here.

***Initial teacher certification applicants (Master's with Certification, Post-Baccalaureate) will also need to submit the Personal Character and Professional Fitness Statement, available for download here. This document must be notarized.

Admission to the graduate 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, and congruence between the applicant's objectives and the program interests.

Any application with missing pieces of information will be considered incomplete and will NOT be considered for admission until complete.

  • Online application
  • 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 Graduate Record Examination score).
  • Statement of Purpose, submitted via email to teacher@smu.edu. 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.  
  • Submission of a current resume, uploaded via online application system.

  • Additional Requirements for International Students:
    • 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) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). When requesting your official scores to be sent to SMU's School of Education and Human Development, please use code 7464. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 580 on a pencil and paper test or 92 on the internet-based test. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 92.
       
    • 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. For more information about admission of foreign students, click here.
  • Official transcript(s) showing degree confirmed. Transcripts from countries outside the USA must be accompanied by official evaluations of the transcript by a recognized SMU evaluation agency.
  • If the baccalaureate degree is conferred from an institution of higher education outside the United States, evidence must be provided to establish English language proficiency by one of the following: 1) Completion of a graduate degree at an institute of higher education in the United States or 2) Verification of satisfactory scores on an English language proficiency examination approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • For those applying for EC-6 grades, at least 3 credit hours each in English, math, history and science with no grade lower than a C (2.0)
  • For those applying for middle or high school, a major or at least 24 credit hours (half of which must be in upper division courses) in an approved teaching field with a GPA of at least 2.0
  • 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) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
  • An overall GPA of 2.50
  • Letter of reference from an employer or professor
  • Pass scores on the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) - Required scores: Reading - Minimum 260, Writing - Minimum 220, and Math - Minimum 230. THEA can be waived with a copy of SAT or ACT. SAT required scores of at least 1600 with equal parts of 500+ and ACT required scores of at least 23. Scores from any of these tests are acceptable if taken within the last 5 years.
  • Official interview with advisers in the Department of Teaching and Learning office
  • Written essay
  • Personal Character and Professional Fitness Statement
  • Completion of application packet of documents

Special Note: The required courses in the teacher education program at SMU are 5000-level courses. Education courses taken at other institutions generally are not eligible to fulfill SMU's program requirements.

  • Successful completion of 45 credit hours
  • Successful completion of prerequisite EDU 2350 - Educational Psychology with final grade no lower than a B- (2.7) 
  • For those applying for EC-6 grades, at least 3 credit hours each in English, math, history and science with no grade lower than a C (2.0)
  • For those applying for middle or high school, at least 12 credit hours in a declared teaching field major with no grade lower than a C (2.0)
  • Current unofficial transcript
  • An overall GPA of 2.50
  • Letter of reference from an employer or professor
  • Pass scores on the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) - Required scores: Reading - Minimum 260, Writing - Minimum 220, and Math - Minimum 230. THEA can be waived with a copy of SAT or ACT. SAT required scores of at least 1600 with equal parts of 500+ and ACT required scores of at least 23. Scores from any of these tests are accepted if taken within the last 5 years.
  • Official interview with advisers in the Department of Teaching and Learning office
  • Written essay
  • Personal Character and Professional Fitness Statement
  • Completion of application packet documents