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Criteria for Admission

Admission into the Mild/Moderate (M/M) or Moderate/Severe (M/S) Special Education Clear Credential requires that a candidate have:


  1. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for admission to the program. A Change of Program is processed for those already in an APU program. Otherwise, full admission procedures must be followed (see below).
  2. Once the file is received, the candidate will be contacted as to whom to meet with for program advising. This is usually the SPED site coordinator closest to them by regional center.

Note: Candidates may not begin any Level II coursework until the above steps are completed and the admission requirements are met.

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.

After attending the mandatory information meeting to receive initial group advising, submit the following directly to the Graduate and Professional Center:

  1. A Graduate Application for Admission
    (Apply Online | Download PDF)
  2. Use the following program code when applying: SPED11
  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 (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 addressing 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
  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 or proof of paid registration for the next CBEST (Proof of the successful completion must be submitted no later than the date of Application for Student Teaching/Intern Teaching.)
  10. The program admits only those candidates who meet one of the following criteria.
    Reference: Education Code Section 44227(a).*
    • The candidate provides evidence of having passed the appropriate subject-matter examination(s) - e.g., CSET/SSAT/PRAXIS
    • The candidate provides evidence of having attempted the appropriate subject-matter examination(s) - e.g., CSET/SSAT/PRAXIS.
    • The candidate provides evidence of registration for the next scheduled examination - e.g., CSET/SSAT/PRAXIS.
    • The candidate provides evidence of having completed a CTC-approved subject-matter preparation program.
    • The candidate provides evidence of continuous progress toward meeting the CTC-approved subject-matter requirement.
    • The candidate provides evidence of enrollment in an organized subject-matter examination preparation program.

After all above materials have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate and Professional Center, the Department of Teacher 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

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 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. The department will notify candidates 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. As the information pertaining to this program in the Academic Catalog is incorrect, please refer to the university website for more information.