The Department of Teaching & Learning

Scholarship Information

How much will the program cost?

Graduate students in the program take advantage of SMU's "Master Educator" rate. The tuition rate for the 2013-2014 academic year is $541.00 per credit hour. For the upcoming 2014-2015 academic year, the new tuition rate is $568 per credit hour.

All graduate students who are registered or who are applying for the academic year are eligible for scholarship consideration. The Department of Teaching and Learning appreciates the generous private support of the donors who make these merit scholarship awards possible each year.

Annette Caldwell Simmons Scholarship

*For practicing and pre-service teachers

Annette Caldwell Simmons was born in Tyler, Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Southern Methodist University in 1957. After graduating from SMU, she taught second and third grade at Maple Lawn Elementary School in Dallas and at Clark Field, a U.S. air base in the Philippines.

The Annette Caldwell Simmons Scholarship was created to provide merit scholarships to students who are pre-service or practicing teachers pursuing coursework in any of our graduate programs.

Anne P. Herrscher Scholarship

*For practicing and pre-service teachers applying for Special Education or Reading and Writing programs

The Herrscher Family Endowed Fund in Education was established in 2006 in honor of Anne P. Herrscher to provide support for programs that train teachers of individuals with learning differences.

The Anne P. Herrscher Scholarship was created to provide merit scholarships to students who are pre-service or practicing teachers pursuing coursework in the Special Education or Reading and Writing programs.

Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship

*For students applying for a Master of Bilingual Education in Fall 2014

The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship is a generous gift from Harold C. and Annette C. Simmons. This fund provides graduate fellowships in the Master’s and Ph.D. programs for students in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship is named in honor of Mr. Simmons’ mother, Fairess Simmons, who was a teacher. “I grew up in a home that valued education,” Harold Simmons said. “My father and mother both were educators, and they sacrificed so that I could attend college. I’ve been able to use my education to become successful in business and to support important efforts that have an impact on other people’s lives. This gift will represent our shared commitment to support teachers likes the ones who made a difference in our own lives.”

The Fairess Simmons Graduate Fellowship was created to provide merit scholarships to pre-service or practicing teachers interested in pursuing coursework in the Master of Bilingual Education program.

Walker Merit Scholarship

*For practicing teachers only

In 2000, Mrs. Margaret Wheeler established the endowment for the Arthur and Ruth Walker Scholarship Fund in memory of her brother and sister, Arthur and Ruth Walker. The Walker children (Arthur, Ruth, and Margaret) grew up on a Texas cotton farm during the early part of the last century and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. The Walker family struggled to survive during desperate times in the pre-depression era and succeeded despite the odds. Arthur Walker ultimately became a distinguished professor at a university in Virginia and an early innovator of the MBA curriculum. Ruth Walker taught economics during the Great Depression. Margaret Wheeler made her success in real estate development during the 1960s.
The Walker Merit Scholarship was created to provide merit scholarships to students who are practicing teachers and are interested in pursuing coursework in any of our graduate programs.

How to apply

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship applications must be received by the priority admissions deadline. Those deadlines are listed here.


Scholarship Application

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please fill out the information below. All prospective students interested in applying for a scholarship must first submit a completed application packet (e.g. online application, statement of purpose, three letters of recommendation, official transcript(s), resume, and official TOEFL/IELTS score(s) for international students). Please contact the Department of Teaching & Learning at 214-768-2346 or teacher@smu.edu with any questions.

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