Oct 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching and Learning


Professor Tim Jacobbe, Department Chair

Professors:  Stephanie Al Otaiba, Jill Allor, Tim Jacobbe, Stephanie Knight, Anthony Petrosino, Paige Ware, Paul Yovanoff
Associate Professors: Ken Springer, Candace Walkington, Annie Wilhelm
Assistant Professors: Amy Gillespie Rouse, Quentin Sedlacek, Jeanna Wieselmann
Clinical Professors: Anthony Cuevas, Abigail Pruitt, Nancy Montgomery
Clinical Associate Professors: Ann Batenburg, Sherril English, Amy Ferrell, Diane Gifford, Francesca Jones, Robert Rouse
Clinical Assistant Professors: Johnitha Watkins Johnson, Karla del Rosal, Christine Woodbury
Research Assistant Professors: Jan Mallet, Brenna Rivas

Department Information

The Department of Teaching and Learning represents SMU’s commitment to the professional development of educators through innovative and research-based undergraduate and graduate programs.

The department’s teaching and research practices are grounded in multiple perspectives that encompass behaviorist, cognitive, social-constructivist and sociocultural approaches to scholarship. All programs serve to prepare educators who are scholars and leaders in professionalism, committed to high-quality teaching and practice, and who are leaders in translating research into practice and experts in differentiated instruction.

To facilitate achievement of its objectives, the department launched a Hybrid Learning Initiative in 2012. Hybrid learning refers to the integration of traditional classroom and online learning to enhance the classroom experience and to extend learning through the innovative application of technology. The Teaching and Learning Department offers several courses in a hybrid format as well as some courses fully online each term with an emphasis on quality classroom experiences supplemented with online learning to promote collaboration.

The Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree program assists students in obtaining credentials for teaching in elementary, secondary or all-level (EC through grade 12) settings. At the graduate level, a student may pursue an M.Ed., an M.Ed. with Educator Preparation, a Master of Bilingual Education, an M.Ed. in special education, or a Master of Music in music education, as well as specializations in areas such as gifted education, special education, reading, mathematics, bilingual education, English as a second language, urban education, and learning therapy.

The school promotes high-quality research that combines quantitative and qualitative methodologies, generates new hypotheses and influences pedagogical practices in early childhood (or “EC”) through grade-12 schools.

Note: Completion of any coursework in the Department of Teaching and Learning will not result in certification. Applicants are advised to visit the Texas Education Agency website at www.tea.state.tx.us (“Educator Certification” link) for more information on Texas teacher certification requirements.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education. The Ph.D. in education is a schoolwide degree. For more information on this degree, students should see the description of the Ph.D. program in this catalog or online at www.smu.edu/EducationPhD.



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