There have been changes to certifications recently and with that new challenges and requirements. In the past, we had MCTS and MCITP or MCPD on a specific product and that was it, now the story is somewhat different. You will need to not only know the product (yes, I am one that still focuses on knowing a product not the test), but also the environment on which it sits or lives (therefore Windows Server and supporting services).
The requirements for MCSE: SharePoint now takes you through the MCSA: Windows Server 2012. Many have questioned this, I dont. Why? I have seen plenty of accidental SharePoint Farm Administrators that have no background with the Server OS, much less with the services (like DNS and IIS). Again, I am not saying this will guarantee knowledge, but it does in some way require exposure to it.
So, again, the next number of posts will be to provide guidance for the needed knowledge for the test requirements. If you have seen the way I go about this, you know I dont focus on exam questions, but rather providing guidance to the TechNet and MSDN documentation to get to know the product. I will also, in this case, go through the process to setup your virtual environment to play with the products and get to know them.
Now, the requirements themselves are:
MCSA: Windows Server 2012.
Exam 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
Exam 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
Exam 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
There is also an Upgrade Path which means only one exam. This requires you be Certified as an MCITP: SharePoint Administrator, and then pass the following exam:
Exam 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
SharePoint specific exams.
Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
Passing the 5 exams will grant you the MCSE: SharePoint credential.