Students entering this program must have valid baccalaureate-level or master's level professional educator certification in a teaching field. Program requirements include:
1. Completing a minimum of 33 semester hours as outlined below, with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 ("B") on all work attempted. A minimum grade of "B" is required for all SPE courses, and a satisfactory performance is required in each of the internship experiences.
2. Passing a written comprehensive examination.
3. Passing the PRAXIS II. Initial certification in SPE requires satisfactory completion of Praxis II test in the following areas - SPE Core Knowledge (#0354 or #5354) and Elementary Education Multiple Subjects (#0031 or #5031). This Praxis II includes: Reading/Language Arts (#0032 or #5032), and Math (#0033 or #5033), and Social Studies (#0034 or #5034), and Science (#0035 or #5035). Depending on the area of SPE, certification requires satisfactory completion of Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) K-6 (#0622 or #5622) or PLT 6-12 (#0624 or #5624).