“Research Faculty combined with Clinical Professors provide a unique blend of knowledge, expertise and commitment to support the growth of SMU Simmons Graduates."
– Dr. Dawson Orr, Department Chair and Clinical Professor
Want to impact an entire campus, not just a classroom? With SMU’s School Leadership programs, you can earn your master’s or doctoral degree and principal or superintendent certification while focusing on the skills needed for campus-level and central office administration.
Learn more about our hands-on certification programs. These degrees are designed to make you a better coach and facilitator in addition to being a principal. Because being a leader is being a part of the community, our programs allow you to transform your community to create change every day.
This program is designed for educators, public officials, and non-profit administrators who are interested in expanding their leadership in service to Pre-K-to-12 students.
The curriculum includes study of ethics in leadership, legal concerns, community engagement, change management, technology, district complexities, talent management, educational policy and politics, and budgeting and finance.
This program is designed to prepare educators for a variety of leadership positions in pre-K through grade-12 public, charter, private secular, and religious schools.
Through classroom instruction, individual study, collaborative projects, and the application of research-based principles in field settings, students learn about the instructional, ethical, organizational, and administrative aspects of school leadership.
The M.Ed. in Urban School Leadership program is designed for educators who are interested in becoming leaders of urban schools.
Students learn the unique and complex academic and administrative skills and knowledge required to lead an urban school. The program is offered through a unique partnership between SMU and Teaching Trust, a nonprofit organization devoted to leadership development in urban schools.