Students who are majoring in Educational Studies may segue into a Master of Education degree with a clinical student teaching residency in the summer following their fall or spring baccalaureate graduation. The M.Ed. clinical residency curriculum can be completed over a 15-month period—two summers and one Academic Year.
The application deadline for the summer 2020 cohort is October 11, 2019; applicants interview with the residency committee in November. Those accepted into the Program will be notified by the end of the fall term. Some scholarship assistance is available to qualified candidates; a letter explaining the student's financial need should be submitted with the program’s online application that can be found at https://gradadmission.smu.edu/apply/.
Criteria for admission:
- Must be an Educational Studies major in good standing
- Must have an Educational Studies major GPA of 3.25
- Must have a CUM GPA of 3.00
- Must have 4 recommendation letters from the following list. Letters should be sent to Amy Ferrell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Department of Teaching and Learning Professor.
- Department of Teaching and Learning Field Experience Clinical Instructor.
- University Professor from primary major.
- Someone who can supply a Leadership/Character reference.
- A volunteer reference.
- A recommendation from a Host Teacher at a field experience school.
- Must complete application packet online in SLATE (https://gradadmission.smu.edu/apply/).
- Must interview with the residency committee in November.
- Must make a two-year commitment to teach in a high-needs school upon completion of the program
Students complete 12 hours of coursework during their first summer of instruction. During the fall and spring terms, students perform clinical student teaching 4 days a week (for which they earn 3 credits/term) and take two 3-credit courses (2 courses on the non-teaching day and 1 evening course). During the following summer, students take 2 additional courses (6 credits). Upon successful completion of the residency experience and all coursework, students receive State of Texas standard certification as a highly qualified teacher. Because of the complexity of the courses included in this program, students are prepared to take the ESL and Special Education Supplemental TExES exams on completion of the program.