Minimum Technical Specifications for Devices

Students in the Education Preparation programs must have a mobile device. This device cannot be a phone. Their device can be any of the following:

  • Apple iPad
  • Apple MacBook
  • PC Laptop
  • PC Tablet
  • Chromebook

The minimum specifications for each type of device are listed below.


  • 6th Generation (mid-2018) or later
  • 32GB or more

Recommendation: 10.2" iPad, 64GB

The compliant version starts at $329, or $309 with education pricing (as of August 28,2023)


  • Comes with MacOS when new
  • Apple M1 chip or higher
  • 8GB or more Memory
  • 256GB or more storage

Recommendation: 13” M1 MacBook Air

The compliant version starts at $999, or $899 with education pricing (as of August 28,2023)


  • Front and/or rear-facing camera
  • 10 hours or longer battery life
  • 32GB or more storage
  • 4GB or more RAM
  • WiFi

Recommendation 1: Acer Chromebook 311 C723T-K245

$349.99 (as of August 28,2023)

Recommendation 2: HP Chromebook 14" x360 Laptop - 14ct-cd000

$639.99 (as of August 28,2023)

Benefits of Recommendation 2:

  • Faster processor
  • More Storage

*Southeast Missouri State University recommends that Chromebooks not be used as a main or sole computer system because of their limitations.

PC Laptop or Tablet

  • Comes with Windows 10 or higher when new
  • Intel Core i5 or higher processor (Core i7 or Core i9)
  • 8GB or more RAM
  • 256GB or more solid-state storage (SSD, not HDD)
  • Built-in or external front and/or rear-facing camera
  • 9 hours or longer battery life
  • WiFi

Recommendation 1: HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 Laptop 15t-fe000, 15.6"

$599.99 (as of August 28,2023)

Recommendation 2: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 (14” Intel) Laptop

$1,249.99 (as of August 28,2023)

The recommendations on this page are only recommendations for devices compliant with the minimum specifications of the program. Students are free to select devices not mentioned in these recommendations as long as their device meets the specifications outlined here.

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