The Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to providing a quality, cost-effective education that will further you in your career.

Cost to Attend

Graduate students in the program take advantage of SMU's "Master Educator" rate. The tuition rate for 2020-2021 is $725 per credit hour through summer 2021. The tuition rate typically increases slightly each academic year beginning fall term.

Parking fees are the only additional charges to consider. More information is available on the Bursar's website.

Scholarship Opportunities

To help defray the costs of a graduate education, the SMU Teaching and Learning Department offers several opportunities for scholarships. Except for the Master of Education with Educator Preparation scholarship, you do not apply for these awards; you receive automatic consideration for them upon admission to specific programs.

Mustang Scholars

Applicants to the following programs may receive scholarships that reduce tuition. Any award will be detailed on your letter of acceptance to the program.

Early Literacy Scholars Program

Visit Early Literacy Scholars Program for award details.

Master of Education with Educator Preparation

A limited number of scholarships are available for students who are admitted to this program. If you wish to be considered for one of these awards, please contact Amy Richardson.

Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

Additionally, you may apply for the Charles Butt Scholarship, which is a generous award available to undergraduates and admitted M.Ed. with Educator Preparation students who meet certain criteria and complete all of the application requirements.

Serena Simmons Connelly Montessori Master Scholars Program

Visit Montessori Master Scholars Program for award details.

Financial Aid

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.

For more information, view SMU Financial Aid.