PK-12 School Leadership

PK-12 School Leadership

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 o 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.

“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 & Clinical Professor

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Whom does this program serve?

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.

What will I learn?

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.

Master of Education: Accelerated School Leadership

Whom does this program serve?

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.

What will I learn?

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.

Master of Education: Urban School Leadership

Whom does this program serve?

The M.Ed. in Urban School Leadership program is designed for educators who are interested in becoming leaders of urban schools. 

What will I learn?

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.