This is a cohort structured program and only begins in the summer.

SMU's Master of Education (M.Ed.) with Teacher Preparation program is tailor-made for the individual who would like to teach and already has a bachelor's degree but who does not have the appropriate certification credentials. This program allows students to pursue a graduate degree while completing requirements toward teacher certification. The program can be an excellent choice for someone who is interested in making a career change to teaching young people.

The Master of Education with Teacher Preparation program allows the individual with a baccalaureate degree to earn a Master's degree while completing supporting coursework for teaching Early Childhood through Grade 6 (EC-6), Middle School, or High School. All applicants for the Master of Education with Teacher Preparation program are to apply for the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers.

M.Ed. Educator Preparation students in class

Program Structure

In the M.Ed. with Teacher Preparation, participants enter the program during the summer as a member of a cohort and progress through the program in a structured manner. Learning and working in a cohort builds on shared knowledge and experiences and develops a supportive peer group. The basic program consists of 36 hours of coursework. This degree program is designed for completion within one summer and one academic year. All program requirements for the graduate degree must be completed within six years.

The program is selective and intense, offering well-qualified and motivated individuals the opportunity to telescope Master's level courses and basic teacher preparation. Individuals who seek employment as teachers will have strong credentials with both a master's degree and a teaching certificate. In many cases, these qualifications will give applicants an advantage as they seek employment. Successful student teachers will graduate in December. Interns, on the other hand, are required by the state to be supervised for a full academic year, so interns typically graduate in May. Advisers will provide an orientation and information about certification testing required by the state.

At the SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development, we believe that teachers should be trained to create engaging and student-centered learning experiences in both technology-resourced environments as well as in contexts where technology is not available. Best practice for the use of technology is discussed in the context of each course as applicable to content and methodology, and is integrated in the course sequence throughout the program to meet the requirements for certification in the state of Texas. Content methods courses specifically address the use of technology for data analysis to improve teaching and learning in order to increase student achievement.

Requirements for Admission

Candidates pursuing Early Childhood through 6th grade (EC-6) certification preferably have completed at least 6 hours each in English, math, social studies (economics, history, government), and science with a final grade no lower than a C (2.0) and a content GPA of 3.0.

Candidates pursuing middle school (4-8) certification preferably have at least 6 credit hours in each of these areas of study: math, science, social studies, English. Candidates pursuing high school (grades 7-12) certification preferably have completed 24 credit hours in the subject they want to teach with at least half of those hours in upper division courses with a content GPA of 3.0. For both middle school and high school educator preparation, there can be no final grade lower than a C (2.0) on the transcript. Please check with a Simmons adviser to verify that the subject area is recognized by the Texas Education Agency. To schedule an appointment with an adviser, call 214-768-2346. Further admission details can be viewed at Graduate Admission Process.

All candidates pursuing recommendation for teacher certification must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching and employment as an educator. If a candidate has any reservations about their criminal background check, a preliminary evaluation can be obtained before applying to the SMU Educator Preparation Program. For further information, go to the Texas Education Agency sites, Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation and National Criminal History Checks.

Expectations During Program Participation

In addition to satisfactory performance in the coursework of the program, including satisfactory attendance, each participant will be required to pass a practice test before taking a Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) examination.

Many participants will choose to student teach in the second fall; others will prefer to seek a teaching position (internship) in Dallas County or in another approved teaching site. Individual school districts pay interns’ salaries. SMU’s clinical faculty provides supervision during the two-semester internship.

Participation in the program does not guarantee a teaching position. Students who do not obtain teaching positions (internships) may register for and complete a one-semester, unpaid student-teaching assignment in an area school in place of the internship. The university does not recommend anyone for initial certification who has not completed a full year internship as a teacher of record or completed 16 weeks of supervised student teaching and who has not passed their TExES content examination and any other required TExES examinations per Texas Administrative Code (TAC).

For additional information, the Master of Education Student Handbook outlines program requirements and policies, including steps and procedures if expectations are not met.

Applicable resources of the program, specific information for admitted students, as well as policies, program performance, and Texas educator employment projections can be found at Teacher Preparation Program.

Master of Music in Music Education

Students interested in an advanced degree in Music Education should pursue the Master of Music in Music Education (MMME) through the Meadows School of the Arts. The degree may be earned on a part-time or full-time basis. To learn more, please visit Meadows School Graduate Admissions and Graduate Catalog.