Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants not meeting this requirement must provide GRE scores (see below), as well as other qualifications, such as long-term experience or expertise in a related specialized field as justification for consideration for admission;
  • For applicants with a GPA below 3.0: Scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last five years. To ensure that we receive your GRE scores, please use the institution code 7464 for the ACSSEHD. For the GRE taken after August 1, 2011:Preferred scores are 144 or higher for Quantitative Reasoning, 153 or higher for Verbal Reasoning, and 4.5 or higher for Analytical Writing.
  • Copy of valid Texas teacher certification
  • Copy of service record reflecting two years teaching experience in an accredited public, private or charter school;
  • Applicants with a degree from countries where the predominant language is not English are required to supply scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum scores for admission speaking 26, listening/reading 22, and writing 21.
  • Recommendations and evidence of a high degree of support from the school of employment, including a commitment on the part of the applicant's principal (or an equivalent supervisor) to serve as a mentor for internship activities;
  • Evidence of leadership capacity and demonstration of leadership role in the applicant's school.
  • The application includes essays, recommendations, and an interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • Official Transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts where a degree has been conferred.

Electronic transcripts should be sent to:
gradappmaterials@smu.edu

Paper transcripts should be sent to: 
Graduate Application Processing
PO Box 518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518

Transfer Credit

While applicants may request consideration for transfer of up to six hours of graduate credit, please note that this is a cohort program with a tightly structured and integrated design, and it is not likely that courses will be accepted for transfer.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When does the program begin? The program begins in June of each year.
  2. How do I apply? The Department of Education Policy and Leadership has an online application. The application fee is $50, and a schedule of courses is available for review on the Curriculum & Modules webpage.

Application Deadlines for the Summer 2020-2021 Cohort

 Applications for 2020-2021 will open  August 1, 2019
Priority Admissions Deadline    March 1, 2020
Students notified by  March 16, 2020
Final Admissions Deadline April 15, 2020
Scholarship Application Deadline  May 1, 2020
Students notified by  May 15, 2020