Mar 29, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching and Learning

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Professor Amy Rouse, Department Chair ad interim
Clinical Associate Professor
Francesca Jones, Assistant Department Chair

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

General Information

Home to undergraduate, postbaccalaureate and graduate programs for both aspiring and practicing educators, the Department of Teaching and Learning offers students a comprehensive curriculum of theory, research, cross-disciplinary studies and practica. 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, committed to high-quality teaching and practice, leaders in translating research into practice, and experts in differentiated instruction.

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 STEM, gifted education, special education, literacy, mathematics, bilingual education, urban education, English as a second language and learning therapy.

Contact Information

SMU Department of Teaching and Learning
6401 Airline Road
Harold Hall, Suite 301
PO Box 750455
Dallas TX 75275-0455
phone 214-768-2346

Requirements for Admission

Bachelor’s Degree. Before applying to the Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies degree program, students must declare a primary major and complete at least 12 credit hours in their grade level/teaching field. After meeting the requirements below, all students who wish to be admitted to the program must meet with a Teaching and Learning adviser to complete both an SMU B.S. in Educational Studies application and a Texas State application to participate in SMU’s State-approved educator-preparation program. State approval requires that students submit evidence of a 3.000 cumulative GPA, a transcript, an essay, a letter of recommendation, and appropriate standardized test results. In addition, students must interview with an adviser, complete a background check, complete the State of Texas Character and Dispositions Statement, and submit a signed copy of the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators. 

Required Before Applying for Admission

Credit Hours
Desired Teaching Grade Level 12
EC–6th Grade or 4th–8th Grade: At least 3 hours in each of the following fields, with no grade lower than a C (2.000): English, math, social studies, and science

7th–12th Grade and K-12 Subject Areas: At least 12 hours in the student’s teaching field, with no grade lower than a C (2.000)

Minimum Required Grade. Only education courses passed with a C or better will count toward the major in education studies. Students must repeat all required teacher education courses in a major if a grade below C is earned. A cumulative GPA of 3.000 required in educational studies courses to graduate and student teach.






      Early Childhood–Grade 6 EDU 2350, EDU 5121, EDU 5122, EDU 5123, EDU 5318, EDU 5327, EDU 5331, EDU 5349, EDU 5355, EDU 5357, EDU 5358, EDU 5363, EDU 5364, EDU 5385, EDU 5386

      Middle (Grades 4–8), High School (Grades 7–12), and K-12 Subject Areas
      Courses and Certification Areas

      EDU 2350, EDU 5124, EDU 5125, EDU 5126, EDU 5318, EDU 5327, EDU 5348, EDU 5349, EDU 5367, EDU 5371, EDU 5373, EDU  5374, EDU 5375, EDU 5376

      Elective Education Courses
      (These courses are not required by the state for teacher certification.)

      EDU 2355, EDU 3301


      Education Policy and Leadership

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