Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education


Admission Requirements

Credential Program Admission Requirements and Screening Procedures

Admission into the Education Credentialing Program is a two-step process, beginning with admittance into the University. The second step involves meeting credential program specific requirements.  In order to qualify for admission to the program, each candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Application for admission with graduate application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all college coursework verifying completion of a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (some programs may accept the evaluated equivalency), with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (2.75 for conditional acceptance). The presentation a passing score on CSET Exam may overcome a low grade point average.
  • Three recommendations from professional sources who can address your potential for success in education. Request recommendations using the Graduate Recommendation Request Form (PDF available upon request).
  • Prerequisites: EDU 302 Growth Development and Learning, EDU 300 American Public School, EDU 341/541 The Exceptional Child, ETC 305/505 Educational Computing Level I or Preliminary Education Technology CSET.
  • Essay of at least 500 words that includes: purpose for entering the program, why you are suited to be a teacher, reasons for choosing to study at CBU.
  • Verification of Certificate of Clearance (COC) granted  
  • Written literacy sample
  • Take the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Registration for at least one subtest of California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET)
  • Satisfactory interview with an Education Committee member


Student Status

Applicants admitted to the program will be considered according to the following classifications:

1. Unconditional Graduate Standing-Applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who have completed the necessary prerequisites and whose admission file is complete may be admitted as a student with full graduate standing.

2. Conditional Graduate Standing-Applicants with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0, or who possess undergraduate prerequisite deficiencies, or who show a deficiency in any of the admissions requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis, but must:

  • Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Remove prerequisite deficiencies.
  • Have the recommendation of the graduate program director in order to attain full graduate standing.
  • Provide Graduate Services with any lacking documents, forms or fees.

3. Special Student Status-Individuals may be permitted to enroll in up to two courses (6 units) before being accepted for admission to the graduate program in Education. Permission of the director of the graduate program in education is required. Enrollment in these classes does not guarantee or imply later admission to the program, but credit for these courses may be counted toward graduation requirements following admission to the program. Admission to the graduate program is required before the student is permitted to enroll in more than two courses (or six units). NOTE: Special students are not eligible for Financial Aid.

4. Denial-Denial may occur when a person does not qualify for admission in any of the above categories. California Baptist University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who is antagonistic with the philosophy and purpose of the University.


Appeals on any decision regarding admission should be made in writing, addressed to the Admission and Retention Committee, in care of the University.