Admissions Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: *May 1 (Early Action), July 1 (Regular)
  • Spring: *October 1 (Early Action), November 1 (Regular)

*Meeting these deadlines will help applicants qualify for the School of Education department scholarships and likely more financial aid.

If you’ve missed the deadline, we may be able to help expedite your file. Please start your application and contact us right away.

Steps to Apply

1. Apply for Financial Aid

Fill out the FAFSA.  This is the starting point for determining all financial aid. The FAFSA is available in December of each year and should be submitted as early as possible after January 1. Completing the FAFSA does not obligate you to take out a loan. Priority deadline to file is March 1. A FAFSA can be turned in later than this, but please note that it can take 8-10 weeks for processing. A financial aid estimate will not occur until after acceptance. Biola University and the school code (001122) should be included on the appropriate sections. Also consider completing the Graduate Financial Assistance Application, due June 1 (fall semester) and November 1 (spring semester) and meet the early action deadline listed above.  

2. Apply Online

An application fee of $65 (non-refundable) must accompany the application. Pay online through the online application or submit a check payable to Biola University. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete a portion and finish at a later time, your information will be saved. You will be asked to create a user name and a password when you apply to guarantee confidentiality, and you will also receive a personalized identification number.

3.  Log into your Application Portal

Click on supplemental application items to track your application progress. Via the portal you can:

  • Send out Recommendation Forms
  • Track Transcripts
  • Upload Essays & Other Items

4.  Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. If enrolled at the time application is filed, be sure to request transcripts of work finished to date and final transcripts upon completion of your course of study. Transcripts must be official, that is, mailed directly from your college or university in a sealed envelope or sent electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse. Send to: Biola University Office of Graduate Admissions, 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90638. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript.

All International transcripts need U.S. grade equivalencies noted, so you must have them evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Be sure to choose "course by course report." This process takes an average of 4-6 weeks and costs approximately US $300. These records should include the grading system, grades earned, courses, and/or examination marks.

5. Submit 2 Recommendation Forms

  • Pastor Recommendation
  • Character/Employer/Academic Recommendation

After you have applied, send out the two recommendation forms by logging in to your profile  and going to the supplemental items section. After you send, your recommenders can submit the recommendation form electronically. 

6. Complete essays as indicated in the application

  • Christian Testimony Essay

Please submit a 1-2 page essay explaining in your own words: 1) the circumstances surrounding your decision to become a follower of Christ, 2) the scriptural basis for your salvation, 3) your contribution to a local church community and 4) a description of how you display attributes of a mature Christian faith.

  • Vocational Objective Essay

Please submit a 750-word typed essay which will be assessed for writing proficiency.  This essay should summarize your spiritual journey, educational experience and goals.

7.  Non-native English speakers must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam or 7.5 on the IELTS exam

8.  Complete program-specific admissions requirements as listed below:

Degrees

Credentials

Permits & Certificates

Requirements for Online Programs and International Students

 


 

Multiple Subject (Elementary) Credential

  • Present letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter program or evidence of passing at least one subtest of the CSET
  • Take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

Single Subject (Secondary) Credential

  • Present letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter program or evidence of passing at least one subtest of the CSET
  • Take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program (Mild/Moderate)

  • Present evidence of passing at least one subtest of the CSET or present letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter program*
  • Take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)*
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing*

*If teacher candidate holds a valid California Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential or Single Subject Credential in the subjects of Art, English, Foundational Level Mathematics, Mathematics, Music, Social Science, Foundational Level General Science or Specialized Science, the requirements for CSET, Basic Skills Requirement, and Certificate of Clearance are met.

Clear Credential Program

  • Hold a California SB2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Be employed as a full-time teacher of record at a California-based school – public, private, or charter.
  • Have access to English learners as well as GATE and/or special needs students.
  • Complete Coach and Placement Information Form
  • For early completion option only: have at least 3 years of documentable teaching experience as teacher of record, have positive administrator recommendations, and have an extensive record of professional development in various sections of the CSTPs.

Child Development Permits

  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of fieldwork (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)
  • Fieldwork requirements must be completed in California

Special Education Certificate (Institution-Sponsored)

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

Curriculum & Instruction Certificate (Institution-Sponsored)

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale

Master of Arts in Teaching with Multiple Subject Credential

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Present letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter program or evidence of passing at least one subtest of the CSET
  • Take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of Teacher Preparation coursework (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

Master of Arts in Teaching with Single Subject Credential

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Present letter verifying completion of a state-approved subject matter program or evidence of passing at least one subtest of the CSET
  • Take the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or have satisfied the Basic Skills Requirement (BSR)
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of Teacher Preparation coursework (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

Master of Arts in Teaching with Induction

  • Hold a California SB2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide district verification of enrollment in a Commission-approved induction program
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)

Master of Arts in Teaching with Clear Credential

  • Hold a California SB2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Be employed as a full-time teacher of record at a California-based school – public, private, or charter.
  • Have access to English learners as well as GATE and/or special needs students.
  • Complete Coach and Placement Information Form
  • For early completion option only: have at least 3 years of documentable teaching experience as teacher of record, have positive administrator recommendations, and have an extensive record of professional development in various sections of the CSTPs.

Master of Arts in Teaching, Early Childhood

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of fieldwork (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)
  • Fieldwork requirements must be completed in California

Master of Arts in Teaching, Special Education

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

Master of Arts in Teaching, Personalized

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)

Master of Arts in Education with Induction

  • Hold a California SB2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential or provide verification of the equivalent professional experience
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Provide district verification of enrollment in a Commission-approved induction program
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)

Master of Arts in Education with Clear Credential

  • Hold a California SB2042 Preliminary Multiple or Single Subject Credential or provide verification of the equivalent professional experience
  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Verify that a Commission-approved induction program is not available through your employer (public school or WASC-accredited private school) by submitting the CL-855 CTC form
  • Complete Coach and Placement Information Form

Master of Arts in Education, Early Childhood

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of fieldwork (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)
  • Fieldwork requirements must be completed in California

Master of Arts in Education, Special Education

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)
  • Verify possession of Certificate of Clearance from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Documentation of tuberculosis (TB) test clearance administered within 3 months prior to start of program (find a local health clinic offering TB services here)

Master of Arts in Education, Personalized

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)

Master of Science in Special Education

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)

Master of Science in Curriculum, Instruction and Publication

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit GRE General test scores (waived if cumulative GPA is 3.5 or above or if Basic Skills Requirement and subject matter competency is met by completion of a state approved program or passage of all CSET subtests)

Online Programs

In addition to the program-specific requirements above, online students must:

  • Verify computer literacy sufficient to become actively engaged in learning online by passing an online proficiency test offered by Biola University’s Distance Learning Education or providing proof of successful online learning in a prior course
  • Verify reliable access to a computer and the Internet sufficient to engage in Biola University’s Distance Learning Education

International Applicants

For international applicant requirements, click here.

 

 

 

 

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