Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Education Leadership, M.Ed., (EC-Grade 12 Accelerated School Leadership Specialization)

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Includes Preparation for Principal Certification

This master’s degree in educational leadership prepares educators for leadership positions in early childhood through grade 12 schools, including public, charter, private, secular and religious schools. Through study and research in the areas of organizational leadership, academic leadership, and teacher effectiveness, graduates of the program are well prepared to develop and support effective teachers; to select and implement effective curricula and instructional programs; and to identify, implement and sustain effective organizational practices. The M.Ed. in educational leadership curriculum is designed in accordance with certification requirements established by the state of Texas and is consistent with national standards and empirical evidence on effective school leadership knowledge and skills.

The curriculum features:

• Instructional Leadership Courses with a focus on Literacy and STEM
• Field-based projects (internship experiences) integrated throughout the program and completed on each student’s campus of employment
• A cohort model allowing the student to complete the M.Ed. program in 13 months.
• A focus on ensuring that all graduates have the knowledge and skills to evaluate the impact of their leadership on the schools in which they serve. 

Degree Requirements

This 30-credit-hour program is designed for working professionals and can be completed within 13 months. The classes begin in June and end in June of the following year. During the summer, fall and spring academic terms, students take courses and an internship (Field Studies). The Field Studies course involves internship activities on the student’s campus of employment. During the final summer, students take one course and complete their Capstone paper. Candidates for Principal Certification in the state of Texas must take and pass the 268 Principal as Instructional Leader and 368 Performance Assessment for School Leaders (PASL), which are state-administered assessments required for principal certification.

While applicants may request consideration for transfer of up to six hours of graduate credit, students should note that this is a cohort program with a tightly structured and integrated design, and it is not likely that traditional three-credit courses will be accepted for transfer. Requests for transfer credit are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Students need to submit a transfer request as soon as they are accepted into the program in order to be considered. Only courses with a grade of B or above can be transferred. Generally, no credit is allowed toward the master’s degree for courses taken more than six years before acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete and submit an online application: https://gradadmission.smu.edu/apply/.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
  3. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.500* (on a 4.000 scale). Applicants not meeting this requirement must provide GRE scores (see below), as well as other qualifications, such as long-term experience or expertise in a related specialized field as justification for consideration for admission;
  4. For applicants with a GPA below 2.500: GRE scores within the last five years are required. Please use the institution code 6660.
  5. Copy of valid Texas teacher certification
  6. Copy of service record reflecting two years teaching experience in an accredited public, private or charter school;
  7. Applicants with a degree from countries where the predominant language is not English are required to supply scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum scores for admission speaking 24, listening/reading 22, and writing 21;
  8. Recommendations and evidence of a high degree of support from the school of employment, including a commitment on the part of the applicant’s principal (or an equivalent supervisor) to serve as a mentor for internship activities;
  9. Evidence of leadership capacity and demonstration of leadership role in the applicant’s school.
  10. The application includes essays, recommendations, and an interview with the Admissions Committee.
  11. Official Transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate institutions where a degree was conferred.

Graduate Application Processing
PO Box 518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518

* calculated in accordance with current TEA guidelines. Simmons reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission should any misrepresentation occur. 

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