Admission Requirements


  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate and graduate (if applicable)  grade point average of 2.5* (on a 4.0 scale). 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 2.5: Scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last five years, as well as other qualifications, such as long-term experience or expertise in a related specialized field as justification for consideration for admission. Please use the institution code 7464
  • 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 speaking score for admission is 26;
  • Commitment to being a school leader. In order to offer a low tuition for the program, our Teaching Trust participants must make a commitment to serving in a school leadership role for at least five years.
  • Work with one of Teaching Trusts partners.
  • Official copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts where a degree has been conferred or you have received 9 or more credit hours* 

  Official Transcripts must be sent directly by the institution to SMU.

         Electronic transcripts should be sent to:          

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

* calculated in accordance with current TEA guidelinesSimmons reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission should any misrepresentation occur. 

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 traditional 3-hour courses will be accepted for transfer. Requests for transfer credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students need to submit a transfer request as soon as they are accepted into the program in order to be considered for transfer credit.

Application Process

Step 1

Start Here at Teaching Trust's website. Upon acceptance from Teaching Trust you will need to complete the SMU application provided below, this is a separate and required process for admission.

Contact with any questions or technical difficulties.

Step 2

Applying to SMU is the first step in making your college experience one that defines your future success. We carefully consider each application with the goal of adding dimension to our diverse, challenging community of scholars.


We encourage all applicants to apply for our early deadline. We have a limited number of spots in our 2018-19 cohort.

Priority Deadline  
Teaching Trust Application Deadline  November 5, 2017
SMU Application Deadline  February 1, 2018
Regular Action Deadline  
Teaching Trust Application Deadline  February 11, 2018
SMU Application Deadline  April 15, 2018