Professor Lin Lin Lipsmeyer, Department Chair
Clinical Associate Professor Francesca Jones, Assistant Department Chair
Professors: Stephanie Al Otaiba, Jill Allor, Tim Jacobbe, Stephanie Knight, Lin Lin Lipsmeyer, Anthony Petrosino, Paige Ware
Associate Professors: Magdalena Pando, Amy Gillespie Rouse, Candace Walkington, Annie Wilhelm
Assistant Professors: Quentin Sedlacek, Jeanna Wieselmann
Clinical Professors: Anthony Cuevas, Abigail Pruitt
Clinical Associate Professors: Diane Gifford, Francesca Go, Amy Richardson, Robert Rouse
Clinical Assistant Professors: Johnitha Watkins Johnson, Karla del Rosal, Christine Woodbury
Research Assistant Professor: Brenna Rivas
Home to undergraduate, post baccalaureate 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.
SMU Department of Teaching and Learning
6401 Airline Road
Harold Hall, Suite 301
PO Box 750455
Dallas TX 75275-0455
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 outlined in the table 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
|Desired Teaching Grade Level
|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 (15 hours for Math and Science) 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.
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