Graduate Certificate Programs

Qualifying Exam

The Qualifying Examination measures a student's knowledge and understanding of academic and professional responsibilities in his field of specialization.

Master of Education students and Non-degree Certification students must take and pass the SMU Qualifying Exam in their content area before receiving approval to take the state examination. After successfully passing the SMU qualifying exam, students should follow the directions on the State Board for Educator Certifications website for state examination dates, registration information, and other program services. (

For the qualifier calendar, click here.

To register for a qualifier, click here.