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Admission Requirements

  • Admission to SIUE
  • Completion of all general education requirements
  • Passage of the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency (formerly Basic Skills Test); no student will be allowed into special education course work beyond Special Education (SPE) 100 until he or she passes this test
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher from all secondary institutions attended
  • 42 semester hours of coursework
  • Grade of C or higher in all courses included in the 15 hours of foundations coursework
  • A grade of B or higher in SPE 100 or an equivalent professional level course
  • Good academic standing at SIUE (if applicable)
  • Application for admission to the special education program and transcript of all course work completed

Application Deadline

  • Fall admission - March 1
  • Spring admission - October 1
    Note: Application to the program is a competitive process. Applying to the program does not guarantee admission.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all specific program requirements
  • Complete all general education requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours (at least 30 of which must be completed at SIUE and at least 60 of which must be completed at a regionally accredited 4-year institution)
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Bachelor of Science requires completion of eight lecture courses in life, physical or social science, including two with labs (EL). Check the Course Equivalency Guides (CEG) at for approved courses.
  • File an application for graduation by the first day of the term in which you plan to graduate

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