The Department of Teaching & Learning

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  • Special Education

    Our Masters in Special Education has launched! Many scholarships are available to support teachers who want to learn with our internationally recognized faculty. Evening classes are hands-on, embedded in local schools, and based on the latest evidence-based practices. Our faculty have over $9 million in funded research projects.

  • Bilingual Education

    Scholarships are available for Spanish-English bilingual teachers to earn a Masters in Bilingual Education. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on second language learning, teaching, and research. Our international faculty are embedded in local communities and schools to ensure active, hands-on, and real-world learning. Become a bilingual teacher leader with us!

  • Teacher Certification

    Give HOPE! Become a teacher! The Simmons school offers you the opportunity to become a leader and scholar in the educational field. Follow your dream and make a difference in the world.

  • Community Outreach

    All our programs have significant outreach in local schools and communities. Depending on whether you are a STEM teacher, reading specialist, or brand-new teacher, you will practice innovative teaching throughout the Dallas community: Perot Museum, Rory Meyer Children’s Garden, local area schools, diverse community centers, and engaging after-school programs.

  • Early Literacy

    This unique program is designed for teachers of young children in kindergarten through second grade. All teachers accepted into this scholarship program form a cohort and receive 93% off of full tuition. The Early Literacy Program empowers teachers to help their students read at or above grade level by the end of second grade.

Our students are already making many positive changes in their communities. They are educators who challenge ideas and expand minds. Our small class sizes and individual attention allow our students to create lasting relationships with our faculty. Our community outreach programs foster connections between our students and the community. Our emphasis on theory and on research-based practices provides our students with the tools they need to make a difference in the world. Are you ready to join us? Welcome.  


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Major in Educational Studies!

Invest in education as a career option and put a teaching credential in your back pocket. Our NEW 30-33 credit program is designed as a major for SMU undergraduates who have already declared a primary major.

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