Dr. Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education


Admission Requirements

Application Requirements for the Graduate Program in Education:

  • Application for admission
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (some programs may accept the evaluated equivalency).
  • $45 application fee
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (2.75 for conditional acceptance). The presentation of a minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or passing score on CSET Exam to overcome a low grade point average.
  • Three recommendations using the online Recommendation Request form, from professional sources who can address your potential for success in education.
  • Prerequisites: Six (6) undergraduate or graduate semester hours in education (EDU 302 and EDU 300 or ETC 505).
  • Statement that includes your reasons for choosing teaching as a profession, your reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University and why you are personally suited for teaching.
  • Acceptance for admission by the director of the graduate program in education.
  • Those students applying for any credential/master’s option must also submit an official letter of acceptance into the credential program.

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.

Screening Procedures for Teacher Education Candidates

A student who is admitted to the University is not automatically admitted to the Teacher Education Program. In order to qualify for admission to the program, each candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete or be enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Take the state-administered California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a four-point scale, which is documented by official transcripts.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation indicating suitability for teaching. (Forms are available in the Teacher-Education Office.)
  • Have a satisfactory interview with an Education faculty member.