The credential required to teach any grade from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in a Texas public school is a teaching certificate. The certificate identifies both the grade range and at the middle and high school levels the subject/content area. The four grade ranges are:
This non-degree program incorporates 24 credit hours of education coursework and 6 credit hours of student teaching for a total of 30 credit hours.
Before enrolling in the Department of Teaching and Learning program, post baccalaureate students must provide the following:
Special Note: The required courses in the educator preparation program at SMU are 5000-level courses. Education courses taken at other institutions generally are not eligible to fulfill SMU's program requirements.
At the SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Development, we believe that teachers should be trained to create engaging and student-centered learning experiences in both technology-resourced environments as well as in contexts where technology is not available. Best practice for the use of technology is discussed in the context of each course as applicable to content and methodology, and is integrated in the course sequence throughout the program to meet the requirements for certification in the state of Texas. Content methods courses specifically address the use of technology for data analysis to improve teaching and learning in order to increase student achievement.
For more information, please contact Samia Siddiqui, the adviser for the Department of Teaching and Learning.