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Education Pathway Guide


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Preparation for Transfer as an Educational Studies Major


The following sequences are suggested courses to take in your semesters prior to transferring to SMU as an educational studies major.  For students attending a Texas public community college or university, Texas Common Course Numbers (TCCNS) are listed.  If you are transferring from a college or university outside of Texas, click on the SMU course for a course description which may be used to select/compare courses at your current institution.

CC listings refer to SMU’s Common Curriculum, which all undergraduates are required to complete. Refer to the Common Curriculum Transfer Guide  for a list of courses satisfying CC components. Interactive equivalency guides organized by transfer institution are available on the Transfer and Transition Services’ website.

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Education courses may be transferable. Requests for transfer will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Director the of the Educator Preparation Program.

Admission to Educational Studies


Once students have declared a primary major and completed 12 credit hours of content classes, they may declare an Educational Studies major.  This application includes a background check, test scores from SAT, ACT, or THEA, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5.  Grades in content classes must be a C (2.0) or better. As soon as students have earned at least 45 credit hours, they may apply for the Educator Preparation Program which coordinates with the Texas Education Agency requirements for Texas teacher certification. 

Preparing for a Smooth Transition


Following are a few important points to remember for a smooth transfer:

  • The second language requirement of the Common Curriculum  may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.
  • SMU accepts AP scores of 4 or 5.
  • Work on the Common Curriculum  prior to transfer is suggested.
  • Because the Teaching and Learning Department courses are advanced level (5000), lower level education courses will not transfer.  It is recommended that transfer students concentrate on completing University Curriculum and content requirements prior to transfer instead.  
  • Compare Course Descriptions  found in SMU’s University Catalog to course descriptions at your current institution to maximize transfer credits awarded.
  • For additional information on the Education major, visit our department homepage or call 214-768-2346
  • For more information about transferring to SMU, click here or call 214-768-3417.

B.S. in Educational Studies - Early Childhood through 6th Grade


SCHs = Semester Credit Hours

First Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10XX - First Year Writing I ENGL 1301 3
STAT 2331 - Introduction to Statistical Methods    MATH 1324 3
CC Breadth Course - Creativity and Aesthetics Choose One: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316 , ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346, ARTS 2356, DRAM 1351, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1306 3
CC Breadth Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences Choose One: ANTH 2351, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2371, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, SOCI 1301 3
Primary major, minor or elective course*** 3
  SCHs 15
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing II  ENGL 1302 3
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315 3
CC Breadth Course - Exploring Science Choose One: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 1408, BIOL 1411, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, CHEM 1405, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, ENVR 1401, ENVR 1402, GEOL 1401, GEOL 1403, GEOL 1405, GEOL 1445, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1405, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1407, PHYS 1415, PHYS 1417, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426 4
Social Studies Course in history, economics or political science 3
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 3
  SCHs 16

Second Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical, Religious and Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
CC Breadth Course - Literary Analysis and Interpretation Choose One: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Historical Contexts Choose One: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2321, HIST 2322 3
CC Breadth Course - Technological Advances and Society Choose One: COSC 1301/1401, BCIS 1305, COSC 1309 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16

B.S. in Educational Studies - Grades 4-8


SCHs = Semester Credit Hours

First Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10XX - First Year Writing I ENGL 1301 3
STAT 2331 - Introduction to Statistical Methods     MATH 1324 3
CC Breadth Course - Creativity and Aesthetics Choose One: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316 , ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346, ARTS 2356, DRAM 1351, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1306 3
CC Breadth Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences Choose One: ANTH 2351, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2371, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, SOCI 1301 3
Primary major, minor or elective course*** 3
  SCHs 15
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing II ENGL 1302 3
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315 3
CC Breadth Course - Exploring Science Choose One: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 1408, BIOL 1411, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, CHEM 1405, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, ENVR 1401, ENVR 1402, GEOL 1401, GEOL 1403, GEOL 1405, GEOL 1445, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1405, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1407, PHYS 1415, PHYS 1417, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426 4
Social Studies Course in history, economics or political science 3
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 3
  SCHs 16

Second Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical, Religious and Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
CC Breadth Course - Literary Analysis and Interpretation Choose One: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Historical Contexts Choose One: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2321, HIST 2322 3
CC Breadth Course - Technological Advances and Society Choose One: COSC 1301/1401, BCIS 1305, COSC 1309 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16

B.S. in Educational Studies - Grades 7-12


SCHs = Semester Credit Hours

First Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10XX - First Year Writing I ENGL 1301 3
STAT 2331 - Introduction to Statistical Methods   MATH 1324 3
CC Breadth Course - Creativity and Aesthetics Choose One: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316 , ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346, ARTS 2356, DRAM 1351, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1306 3
CC Breadth Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences Choose One: ANTH 2351, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2371, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, SOCI 1301 3
Primary major, minor or elective course*** 3
  SCHs 15
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing II  ENGL 1302 3
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315 3
CC Breadth Course - Exploring Science Choose One: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 1408, BIOL 1411, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, CHEM 1405, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, ENVR 1401, ENVR 1402, GEOL 1401, GEOL 1403, GEOL 1405, GEOL 1445, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1405, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1407, PHYS 1415, PHYS 1417, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426 4
Social Studies Course in history, economics or political science 3
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 3
  SCHs 16

Second Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical, Religious and Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
CC Breadth Course - Literary Analysis and Interpretation Choose One: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Historical Contexts Choose One: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2321, HIST 2322 3
CC Breadth Course - Technological Advances and Society Choose One: COSC 1301/1401, BCIS 1305, COSC 1309 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16

B.S. in Educational Studies - Grades Kindergarten - 12


SCHs = Semester Credit Hours

First Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10XX - First Year Writing I ENGL 1301 3
STAT 2331 - Introduction to Statistical Methods   MATH 1324 3
CC Breadth Course - Creativity and Aesthetics Choose One: ARTS 1301, ARTS 1316, ARTS 2316 , ARTS 2326, ARTS 2333, ARTS 2346, ARTS 2356, DRAM 1351, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1306 3
CC Breadth Course - Social and Behavioral Sciences Choose One: ANTH 2351, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2371, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, SOCI 1301 3
Primary major, minor or elective course*** 3
  SCHs 15
Spring TCCN SCHs
WRTR 10YY - First Year Writing II ENGL 1302 3
SPCH 10XX SPCH 1315 3
CC Breadth Course - Exploring Science Choose One: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, BIOL 1408, BIOL 1411, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, CHEM 1405, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, ENVR 1401, ENVR 1402, GEOL 1401, GEOL 1403, GEOL 1405, GEOL 1445, PHYS 1401, PHYS 1402, PHYS 1403, PHYS 1405, PHYS 1404, PHYS 1407, PHYS 1415, PHYS 1417, PHYS 2425, PHYS 2426 4
Social Studies Course in history, economics or political science 3
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 3
  SCHs 16

Second Year

Fall TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Philosophical, Religious and Ethical Inquiry Choose One: PHIL 1301, PHIL 1304, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306 3
CC Breadth Course - Literary Analysis and Interpretation Choose One: ENGL 2321, ENGL 2322, ENGL 2323, ENGL 2326, ENGL 2327, ENGL 2328, ENGL 2331, ENGL 2332, ENGL 2333 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16
Spring TCCN SCHs
CC Breadth Course - Historical Contexts Choose One: ARTS 1303, ARTS 1304, HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2321, HIST 2322 3
CC Breadth Course - Technological Advances and Society Choose One: COSC 1301/1401, BCIS 1305, COSC 1309 3
World Language* 4
Primary major, minor or elective courses*** 6
  SCHs 16

Notes


*The second language requirement may be satisfied by 1) transferring two terms of college courses in the same world language, 2) placing out of four terms of a world language by taking an SMU placement test or through AP or IB credit, or 3) being literate in a native language other than English.

***Three additional courses in one core area to be used as a specialization.

Educational Studies


Educational Studies  majors focus on the preparation of highly-qualified teachers to meet the ever-increasing demand in public and private schools. Outside evaluators, including the Texas Education Agency and the National Council on Teacher Quality, have validated the high academic quality of SMU’s teacher education programs, and departmental faculty are committed to regularly revising courses based on new research and best practices.

The Teaching and Learning Department  at SMU is part of Simmons School of Education and Human Development . The department offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate studies in education. Our tenured and clinical faculty members are engaged in academic research in a variety of fields. The content of the courses is research based and applicable to the challenges of today’s classrooms.

The Teaching and Learning Community


Educational Studies majors are involved outside of the classroom as well.  The faculty supports student projects, such as Engaged Learning, and provides opportunities for students to participate in tutoring programs through our community enrichment partnership with The Budd Center and with faculty conducting research. 

Educational Studies Field Experiences


The Department of Teaching and Learning  requires students to complete at least three field experience courses in preparation for a successful transition into classroom teaching.  These classes are in public schools in Dallas area school districts.  Educational Studies students will experience opportunities to interact with students and teachers in various grade levels from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.  Students are supervised by SMU clinical faculty.

Majoring in Educational Studies


The Department of Teaching and Learning offers the Educational Studies Major as a second major with four degree plans: 

Degree requirements include 30-33 credit hours in education courses as well as additional content-specific courses.

Educational Studies majors EC-6 and 4-8 grades concentrate on core subjects, such as Science, Social Studies, Math, and English language arts, in addition to EC-6 fine arts.

Minoring in Educational Studies


The Minor in Educational Studies  requires 15 total credit hours.  These hours may be applied to the degree program if the student decides to pursue the Educator Preparation Program. 

Approved Teaching Fields


Educational Studies 7-12 and K-12 concentrate on an approved specific teaching field:

  • 7 - 12: Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dance, English Language Arts and Reading, History, Journalism, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics/Mathematics or Physical Science
  • K - 12: Art, German, French, Music, Spanish or Theatre

SMU Degree


A degree from SMU is typically comprised of:

  • Courses in your primary and/or secondary major
  • Courses required for the Common Curriculum (CC)  
  • Elective courses

The Common Curriculum (CC)


The Common Curriculum is required of all undergraduate students and consists of three main components: 

  1. Foundations - 6 hours of Writing courses, 3 hours of Quantitative Reasoning courses, proficiency in a second language. 
  2. Breadth - 7 Breadth courses which may double count with majors and minors.
  3. Proficiencies and Experiences - 8 Proficiencies and Experiences requirements, met through coursework or approved, noncredit activities.

NOTE: If you transfer with 23 or fewer credit hours and/or transfer in your first year out of high school, transfer work earned prior to high school graduation (dual/concurrent credit) will not satisfy CC requirements.

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