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Admission Requirements – Domestic Applicants

The university graduate and program admission requirements below must be met before an application is considered complete.

International students have a separate application procedure that precedes the standard admission process. View international requirements below or contact the International Center at +1-626-812-3055 or by email.

  1. A Graduate Application for Admission
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  2. Find your program code to complete the application:
    Graduate Program Codes (PDF)
  3. A $45 nonrefundable application fee
  4. Two copies of official transcripts from all institutions leading to and awarding the applicant’s baccalaureate degree (bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution) and all post-baccalaureate study. An official transcript is one which Azusa Pacific University receives unopened in an envelope sealed by the former institution and which bears the official seal of the college or university. A minimum baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0-scale is required. Provisional admittance may be granted to individuals with a grade-point average between 2.5 and 2.9 if competency can be shown using multiple measures.)
  5. Three recommendation forms that assess competence and character. (Download PDF)
    Appropriate recommendations include those who have supervised the applicant’s leadership and/or teaching experience with children/youth in public or private settings, an employer who directly supervised the applicant, or one faculty/academic reference. References from neighbors, friends, and relatives are not appropriate unless they have served as supervisors. Please use the required forms provided in the Application for Graduate Admission; additional letters are optional.
  6. A one- to two-page letter to the dean (Download PDF)
    Letters must address the following topics: experiences from the applicant’s background that may enhance the teaching experience; the most rewarding and challenging aspects of working with children; why the applicant wants to teach; preferred grade level and content areas and why; special interests, hobbies, or abilities; extracurricular activities; and previous residence or travel experiences (Written communication skills will be assessed along with the content.)
  7. Résumé (preferred) or statement of experience, including most relevant work and volunteer experience (Download PDF)
  8. Proof of Certificate of Clearance (Submit photocopy of the most current Pre-Intern Credential, Emergency Permit, or Certificate of Clearance [fingerprint check for CTC] application to the Graduate and Professional Center. For more information, please contact the credential analyst at (626) 815-5346. Current Pre-Intern Permit or Emergency Permit also meets this requirement.)
  9. Proof of successful passage of the CBEST
  10. Applicants must provide proof of passage for the following exams:
    • CBEST
    • CSET (one multiple subject subtest or a single subject exam)

      Please note: Once students pass a subtest of the CSET, they do not have to take that subtest again as long as they use the score to earn certification within five years of the test date on which it was achieved.

    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Minimum score of 1,000 for verbal and quantitative sections; must be taken within the 12 months prior to application

The candidate must be advised by a designated special education faculty member as part of an admissions interview prior to enrollment in the program. This is usually done by the SPED site coordinator at the regional center closest to the candidate.

Several programs are offered online and only at APU regional centers with sufficient enrollment.

After all above materials have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate and Professional Center, the Department of Special Education reviews the file and will notify you by mail or phone to schedule an admission interview. Plan to come dressed professionally and prepared to be interviewed before admission will be granted. In addition to the previously mentioned requirements, the following characteristics also are considered:

Students admitted with Provisional Program Acceptance must complete the first 12 units with a B or better in each course to remain eligible for continued enrollment at the university.)

The department reserves the right to change the admission process and requirements.

All materials should be sent to:

Graduate and Professional Center
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
(626) 815-4570
Fax: (626) 815-4571

International applicants send forms to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax +1-626-815-3801
Email IC

Admission Requirements—International Applicants

Azusa Pacific University is authorized under federal law by the U.S. CIS and the U.S. Department of State to enroll nonimmigrant, alien undergraduate and graduate students. APU issues and administers both the I-20 and DS 2019 (F-1 and J-1 status documents respectively).

To apply for a graduate program at APU, the following requirements must be fulfilled in addition to meeting the domestic applicant and program-specific admission requirements specified by the program.

International applicants must:

International applicants must also submit:

Submit all materials to:

International Center
Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave.
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: +1-626-815-3801
Email IC

What to Expect

After the International Center receives all admission materials, a committee of department faculty review the applicant’s file. The applicant is then notified of the committee’s decision.

Admissions Interview and Advising Requirement

The candidate must be advised by a designated special education faculty member as part of an admissions interview prior to enrollment in the program. This occurs after the admissions application has been completed and reviewed for any missing program required documentation. Candidates will be notified by the department when an interview appointment can be made.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.