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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education, M.Ed., with Specializations

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General Information *updated* 10/30/17

The M.Ed. program is offered in four formats–an M.Ed. for which students must specialize in one or two areas, an M.Ed. with a concentration in reading and writing, an M.Ed. in educator preparation, and an M.Ed. in special education. The admission requirements are the same for all four formats and appear at the end of this M.Ed. section.

The M.Ed. program with an option to specialize is designed to meet the needs of practicing teachers. The program offers maximum flexibility for the educator whose interest lies in broadening both academic preparation and classroom skills. The program can be individualized for teachers at all levels, kindergarten through grade 12.

All students must complete four core courses that focus on the areas of research, differentiation, diversity and psychology. Additional required courses expand or complement the core, specialization or master teaching assignment: either 1) 12 or 14 hours in one specialization module (i.e., bilingual education, ESL, gifted education, mathematics, Montessori, reading, or STEM) and 12 hours of EDU electives, or 2) two specialization modules.

Admission Requirements *updated* 10/30/17

Before enrolling in the M.Ed. program, all students must provide the following:

  1. An official sealed transcript of academic work that reflects a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.000 overall GPA. Transcripts from countries outside the U.S. must be accompanied by an official evaluation of the transcript by an SMU-recognized evaluation agency. No copies will be accepted. Applicants not meeting the 3.000 GPA requirement must request an exemption in writing and provide proof of other qualifications, such as long-term experience or expertise in a related specialized field, as a justification for admission.
  2. For applicants from countries where the predominant language is not English, official scores (earned within the previous five years) on the TOEFL English language proficiency test administered by the Educational Testing Service or the IELTS English competency test. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 550 on a pencil-and-paper test or 92 on the Internet-based test. The IELTS minimum score is 6.5. The M.Ed. program is a part-time program and as such does not qualify as a suitable educational experience for an international student on a student visa. As evidence of financial support, foreign students must provide a Certification of Finance Form/Letter of Financial Backing. (This applies to students who are not awarded a scholarship.) This should represent that sufficient money will be available to the applicant to cover all expenses while at the University. This letter may be signed by a parent or sponsor but must be certified by a bank. The document must be notarized and on file before the process for visas and passport can proceed.
  3. A completed application and a $35 nonrefundable application fee payable to SMU: Department of Teaching and Learning.
  4. Letters of recommendation and written essays may be required for admission to particular programs of study. Visit the Teaching and Learning website at for specific admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 36 hours of graduate study within six years of beginning the program.

Requirements for the Degree

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Specialization Modules

Choose one:


12 hours of transfer credit


12 hours

  • STEM-related EDU courses at the 6000 level or above

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Electives or Second Specialization Module

  • EDU courses or other approved courses, or an additional specialization module from the list above

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Total: 36 Credit Hours

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