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Program Start Date(s):
- Fall 2023 Quad I — August 28, 2023
- Spring 2024 Quad I — January 8, 2024
- Fall 2023 Quad I — August 9, 2023
- Spring 2024 Quad I — December 13, 2023
The Selection Process
The educational context at PLNU challenges students to live a full and meaningful life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, but if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0, you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package as well as the exceptions policy per your particular program.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.
To be admitted into PLNU's Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential (Dual Mild/Moderate and Extensive Support) program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript from an institution that indicates the completion of an undergraduate degree.
Admissions Interview: You may be eligible for an interview waiver. Eligibility can be discussed in more depth with a PLNU admissions counselor once you've started your application.
If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.
Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.
Submit an online application (including $50 non-refundable application fee, which is waived for PLNU alums, current or former military and their dependents, and PLNU employees).
Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. (If you’re a PLNU alum, please notify your counselor to have your transcripts retrieved. You do not need to request transcripts from the PLNU Office of Records.)Official transcripts must be sent to:
Point Loma Nazarene University
Office of Graduate Admissions
3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
*Please note, official transcripts must be sent directly from the regionally accredited institution.
- Submit a personal essay, two to three pages in length and double spaced, addressing the following topics:
Describe your professional career goals for the next five years.
Describe the variety of experiences that helped you determine these goals.
Explain what motivates you to work in California’s diverse schools.
Explain why you’re applying to PLNU, a private Christian university.
Provide two professional recommendations. You’ll be asked to register your recommenders by providing their names, titles, and email addresses.
Basic Skills Exam: Submit passing results for CBEST OR equivalent exam.*
Submit proof of registration for CSET exam.
*Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you’ll need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.
Professional Licensure or Certification
This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meets the requirements for educator certification in the state of California, where Point Loma Nazarene University is physically located. PLNU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for professional licensure or certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in teacher credentialing is available on this website.