In order to matriculate as a fully admitted online degree-seeking graduate student, an individual must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts of the awarded baccalaureate degree within 30 days of enrollment. GRE or GMAT scores are not required.
Education Programs General Information
Applicants seeking admission into any of the Education Masters’ programs are to:
• Submit three letters of recommendation from the applicant’s employer, former employers, former teachers, instructors, professors, etc.
• Submit all sections of applicant’s reported scores on standardized entrance examinations such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), CBEST or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and
• Comply with confidential disclosure of all prior offenses resulting in a criminal record that may preclude the opportunity to teach in California schools.
Specific information regarding the admissions requirements for each program is listed below.
M.A. in Education Admission Requirements
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or a degree that is deemed to be the equivalent of an American accredited degree by one of the Foreign Transcript evaluation companies approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Candidates also must:
• Submit three recommendations
• Demonstrate academic writing skills as part of the admission process
• Achieve a GPA of 2.5 or higher for the baccalaureate degree
• Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all applicable post-baccalaureate work
• Satisfy the Basic Skills requirement (e.g., earn a passing score on the CBEST or equivalent test, and the Education Division writing test and
• Submit a completed application form and graduate application fee.
Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential Programs Admission Requirements
Patten University offers post-baccalaureate Teaching Credential programs authorized by the CTC. Applicants must satisfy the following procedures at least 30 days before the semester begins:
• Complete the Teaching Credential program application for admission
• File with the Admission’s Office official transcripts of work completed at colleges and universities, three character references, a record of a recent TB test and a personal statement
• Submit verification of passing the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) or provide scores for diagnostic purposes. Those who score five or more points below passing on the CBEST must take an appropriate remedial course in mathematics and/or English as needed.
Following the fulfillment of these, applicants will be interviewed by Division of Education faculty or a Credential Analyst.
Academic requirements may be met by submission of documents and transcripts showing one of the following:
• For Multiple Subject Credential candidates: completion of an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and a passing score on the California required subject matter examinations.
• For Single Subject candidates: completion of an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regionally accrediting association with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and a passing score on the California required subject-matter examination(s), or completion of a letter of equivalency from a CTC approved subject matter program from a California institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Effective July 1, 2007, any one of five new options established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) may be utilized to meet the state requirements for acceptance by all Teaching Credential Programs (ref: CTC, CIA 07-02). These options are detailed in the Division of Education Admissions Handbook, available from the Division of Education Office.
Prior to applying for the required F-1 visa, which permits entry into this country as a student, international students must submit an application along with the required materials. Since English is the language of instruction, international students from non-English speaking countries pursuing a degree and/or certificate program through Patten University must meet all other entrance requirements plus demonstrate their English language proficiency. The University uses the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) exam results as evidence of English proficiency. An official TOEFL or IELTS score is required for admission to the University’s graduate program (67 for iBT; 183 for CBT; 580 for PBT; 6.5 for IELTS).