Prospective Students

Tuition and Scholarships

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

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.

ExcELs Scholarship - Graduate Professional Development Program

*For certified teachers interested in ESL certification

During a time when teachers need professional development support, this program provides activities for their educational career enhancement. The program seeks to address the needs of at-risk students by delivering and supporting the professional development of educators who teach in schools with high concentrations of English Language Learner (ELL) students. Teachers in the program will extend their knowledge of effective pedagogy and research-based principles for the teaching of minority students from diverse linguistic and ethnic backgrounds.

The objective of the program is to support students currently enrolled in a SMU Master’s Degree program or to non-degree seeking students whom will obtain their ESL Certification. For more information please contact The Center for Child and Community Development at

How to apply

All new applicants undergo a scholarship review process. During admission review, applicants are concurrently given scholarship consideration.
Notice of scholarship award status is mailed out along with the admission decision letter.

Graduate students in the program take advantage of SMU's "Master Educator" rate. 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 The priority filing deadline for the summer term is March 1, fall term is April 1, and spring term is November 1.

***The FAFSA must be submitted at least 60 days before the first day of class.

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