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Decision Point 1: Acceptance as a Pre-Education Candidate

Freshmen with 0-23 credits

Teacher Education candidates who begin at Cal U with 23 credits or less follow the standard Cal U admission policies that all incoming candidates follow and may enroll as pre-education.

Transfer Students with 24-90 credits

The rationale for the GPA admission matrix is to insure that transfer students who are accepted into California University of Pennsylvania in a teacher certification program have every chance to meet the Admission to Teacher Education and Recommendation for Student Teaching GPA requirements mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The manner in which California University of Pennsylvania calculates the GPA for pre-education transfer students will be standard for each department that is preparing students for their initial teacher certification. Students who wish to transfer to Cal U with 24 or more credits are required to meet the GPA admission matrix shown below. The GPA used for the admission decision must be cumulative from all previous colleges attended. The decision to accept a transfer student as a pre-education major is made by the Office of Admissions and is considered final.

Transfer Students GPA Admission Matrix

No. of Transfer Credits


Minimum GPA for Admission

Cal U does not accept individuals, including transfer students, with 91 or more credits into an undergraduate Teacher Education program. Such individuals are advised to complete a non-education undergraduate degree and prepare themselves to enter Cal U’s post baccalaureate or graduate Teacher Education programs.

Students Changing their Major to Pre-Education

Cal U students with 66-90 credits wishing to change their major to pre-education must have a 3.00 GPA. They must complete all requirements to be approved for Admission to Teacher Education by the end of the first semester as a pre-education major using the deadline dates of Feb. 1 (fall semester) and May 1 (spring semester).