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.
Applicants must possess:
- A bachelor’s degree
A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- A minimum 3.0 GPA
A minimum grade-point baccalaureate or master’s grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (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.)
Applicants must submit:
- A Graduate Application for Admission (Apply Online | Download PDF)
- A $45 nonrefundable application fee
- Letter to the dean (Download PDF)
A typewritten, 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.).
- A résumé (preferred) or statement of experience (Download PDF)
Please include most relevant work and volunteer experience.
- Three letters of recommendation (Download PDF)
Submitted by 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. Letters must assess competence and character. Please use the required forms provided in the Application for Graduate Admission; additional letters are optional.
- Two official transcripts
Request that two copies official transcripts be sent to APU's Graduate Center for all degrees, certificates, and credentials earned prior to application to APU. Learn more about APU's transcript policy.
- 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 Center. For more information, please contact the credential analyst at (626) 815-5346. Current Pre-Intern Permit or Emergency Permit also meets this requirement.
- Proof of Successful Passage of the CBEST
- Proof of Passage of the CBEST, CSET, or GRE
Applicants must provide proof of passage for one of the following exams:
- 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.or
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Minimum score of 1,000 for verbal and quantitative sections; must be taken within the 12 months prior to application
Graduate Program Codes (PDF)
Submit all materials to:Graduate Center: Admissions
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Fax: (626) 815-4545 • (626) 815-4571
What to Expect
After all above materials have been received by the Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate Center, the Department of Special Education reviews the file and will notify you by mail or phone to schedule an admission interview.
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.