Admission Requirements

Program Requirements for the B.S.E. in Special Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a program to prepare candidates for initial teacher licensure in Special Education. Graduates of the B.S.E. in Special Education will be prepared to teach students with disabilities from kindergarten to twelfth grade. Admission to the B.S.E. in Special Education is limited. The 120 credit hour program consists of a three-stage process following an 8-semester plan. Due to the competitive nature of the program, meeting all admission requirements does not ensure acceptance into the SPED program. Thus, students should be aware that their grade point average (GPA) is important both as an admission criteria and to their future performance as a special education teacher.

Stage I: Pre-Special Education (PSPED)

Freshman and Sophomore Years

All students are designated PSPED until they are accepted into the SPED program. PSPED students are assigned an Academic Counselor in their freshman year. Students will follow the 8-semester SPED Advising Worksheet (semesters 1-4).

Admission to the Special Education Program occurs after completion of all Pre-Special Education coursework listed within the first 60 hours. Upon completion of the PSPED coursework, students must apply for admission into the junior year of SPED program.

Stage II: Special Education (SPED)

Junior Year Coursework

Having completed the PSPED coursework, the student may apply for admission to the Special Education Program. Due to the competitive nature of the program, meeting all admission requirements does not ensure acceptance into the SPED program. All admission materials to Special Education must be submitted by Jan. 30. Notification of acceptance will be after March 30. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Use the following list to ensure your application is complete.

Admission Requirements to the Junior Year of the Special Education Program

  1. Submit completed application by Jan. 30.
  2. Earn a minimum of 3.0 GPA on the first 60 hours of coursework from the UA and on any coursework transferred into the program.
  3. Complete the following courses with a "C" or higher: MATH 1203, ENGL 1013, and ENGL 1023.
  4. Complete all CIED courses with a "B" or higher, and all SPED courses must have a "B" or higher.
  5. Submit the approved background check. Please note that Arkansas requires all teacher license applicants to successfully complete a criminal background check.
  6. Submit passing score on Math, Reading, and Writing sections of the Praxis Core or qualifying exemption scores on the ACT or SAT or GRE. See chart below.

    Required Praxis 1 Core Scores and/or ACT/SAT Exemption Scores
    Praxis 1 Core Academic Skills Exam   
Required Scores
ACT Required Scores
Must have overall
    composite of 24 to qualify    
SAT Required Scores
Must have overall
    composite of 1090 to qualify    
   Composite: 24  Composite: 1090
 Reading: 156  Reading: 22  Reading: 510
 Math: 150  Math: 22  Math: 510 
 Writing: 162  Writing: 22  Writing: 510


Responsibilities during the SPED Junior Year

After being admitted to the SPED program junior year, a SPED program advisor is assigned and student disengages with the Academic Counselor who was the initial advisor. During the junior year, students will be required to begin developing their Internship Admission Portfolio which is required for admission to their Senior Internship Year (semesters 7 and 8 of the 8-semester plan).

Stage III: Requirements for Progression to Internship Year

Senior Year

Having successfully completed the junior year coursework (semesters 5 and 6), the student may apply for admission to the Senior Year Internship. Due to the competitive nature of the program, meeting all admission requirements does not ensure acceptance into the Senior Year SPED program. All admission materials must be submitted by April 15. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Notification of acceptance will be after April 30. Use the following list to ensure your application is complete.

Admission Requirements for the Senior Year of the Special Education Program

  1. Submit application by April 15.
  2. Maintain a minimum of 3.0 for cumulative GPA (CGPA).
  3. Complete all coursework listed on the SPED Advising Worksheet for semesters 1-6 prior to senior year.
  4. Submit passing score on the Internship Admission Portfolio.
  5. Submit passing scores on the Praxis Exam: Principles of Teaching and Learning (Test 5622: k-6 qualifying score 160 or Test 5624: 7-12 with qualifying score 157).
  6. Submit passing scores for the Praxis II: Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications (Test code 5354—qualifying score 151).

During the SPED Senior Internship Year

  1. Complete 2 semesters of Teaching Internship with a B or higher and no more than 5 absences per semester.
  2. Complete all coursework in the SPED program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Complete Graduation Check in fall semester (semester 7).
  4. Complete the application for graduation in spring semester (semester 8).

For any questions about the application process, please contact academic counselors Cindy Folsom at clfolsom@uark.edu or Jordyn Henry at jnhenry@uark.edu or your Special Education advisor if one has been assigned.