Prospective Students

Admission Information

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.

Admission Process

Complete the online application, https://www.applyweb.com/smued/. The staff will review applications to verify that all required materials and credentials have been received and minimum requirements for admission have been meet. Applicants will be notified by the Department once their application is complete. Applicants are encouraged, using the name they applied under, to email teacher@smu.edu to check the status of their application. 

The Department of Teaching and Learning keeps incomplete applications and transcripts on file for one academic year. Application files for individuals who do not respond to the Offer of Admission will also be retained for only one year from the date of application.

Rolling Admissions

The Department of Teaching and Learning is excited to bring you a new rolling admissions process.  This process is designed with students in mind.  Once all required materials have been received, applications will be submitted to the admissions committee for review.  The admissions committee reviews application files every month of the Fall and Spring Terms.  Accepted students will be notified by email and letter by the end of the month in which their file is reviewed.  To facilitate your education goals, apply early, and receive your admissions decision early. 

Final Deadlines for Admission Consideration

Apply by October 15th, 2014 if you would like to be considered for admission into the Master of Education program that begins Spring of 2015.

Apply by March 15th 2015 if you would like to be considered for admission into the Master of Education program or the Master of Education with Certification program that begins Summer 2015.

Apply by June 15th 2015 if you would like to be considered for admission into the Master of Education, Master of Bilingual Education, Master of Education in Reading & Writing, or the Master of Education in Special Education that begins Fall 2015.

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.

Graduate Readmission/Deferral Policy

  1. A matriculated student who formally withdraws in good standing from the university may request readmission within two years by completing only the cover page of the graduate application
  2. A newly accepted student dropped from a graduate program for failure to register may be re-admitted by submitting a new application cover page and fee with two years of acceptance date.
  3. A matriculated student who fails to maintain continuous enrollment and has not formally withdrawn may be readmitted by submitting a new application cover page and fee within two year of being dropped from the program.
  4. A student may request a deferment of enrollment up to one year beyond the date when he or she was scheduled to begin his or her graduate program. If the one-year time period is exceeded, the student must submit a new application and fee. Deferral must be requested before the start of the term for which the student is accepted.
  5. While all applicants will be reviewed as received, specific master cohort programs may have a set beginning term:

Admission Requirements by Level of Study:

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 $35, 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.
  • FOR MASTER OF EDUCATION WITH CERTIFICATION APPLICANTS - Personal Character and Professional Fitness Statement, submitted and notarized.

  • 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 with a minimum score of 26 on the speaking section for all applicants seeking teacher certification. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 6.5.
       
    • 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 and 4-8 grades, at least 6 credit hours each in English, math, history and science with no grade lower than a C (2.0)
  • For those applying for 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 no grade lower than a C (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). 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 with a minimum score of 26 on the speaking section for all applicants seeking teacher certification. The minimum IELTS score for admission is 6.5. 
  • An overall GPA of 2.75
  • 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 and submission of $35 application fee, payable by check or money order

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 and 4-8 grades, at least 6 credit hours each in English, math, history and science with no grade lower than a C (2.0)
  • For those applying for 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 2.75
  • 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