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

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.

Once all required materials have been received, applications will be submitted to admissions committee for review. Accepted students will be notified by email and letter by the end of the month in which their file is reviewed.

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.

Admission Timelines

To allow prospective graduate students time for long range planning, the Department of Teaching and Learning has a rolling admissions policy beginning in the academic year of 2014-2015. All completed applications will be reviewed by the admissions committee which will meet ten times in an academic year. Applicants are urged to submit the completed application and credentials well in advance of the term for which they seek admission.

Even with rolling admissions, students still need to complete their application at least three months prior to the term in which they seek to begin graduate study. Completed applications must be submitted by:

Starting Semester
Deadline
Master of Education
*Accepted students may enroll in any term in the Master of Education plan. 
Fall June 15
Spring October 15
Summer March 15
Master of Bilingual Education
Fall June 15
Master of Education in Reading and Writing
Fall June 15
Master of Education in Special Education
Fall June 15
Master of Education with Certification 
Summer March 15

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