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Elementary Education: Admissions

Admission Requirements (Regular) 

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.80 or a 3.00 in last 48 credits earned (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants:  TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam.  An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

        Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts

Program Requirements


How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Under Planned Course of Study:
    • Select “Teacher Education (MEd)” and then choose “Pre-K-Grade 4 (MEd without Cert)” as the designated program
    • Or Select “Teacher Education (MEd)” and then choose “Pre-K-Grade 4 (MEd with Cert)” as the designated program
    • Or Select “English as a Second Language (Cert Only)”
  • Submit your $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Email: gradschool@calu.edu 
Phone: 724-938-4187

Out of State Students:

All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.