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Post Baccalaureate Admissions Requirements

If you are seeking admission to a Post Baccalaureate program, you must meet the following levels of admission requirements in order to be fully admitted to Ashford University:

The Post Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate program is currently open only to employees of Ashford University, University of the Rockies, and Bridgepoint Education. It is not eligible for Title IV funding.

Conditional Admission Requirements

The Conditional Admission period is intended to ensure you are familiar with classroom expectations, time and technology requirements, and other factors that may impact your experience as a student. Applicants seeking admission to the Post Baccalaureate program must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the content courses applicable to the certificate being sought. They must submit official transcripts from the regionally-accredited institution from which they earned a baccalaureate or advanced degree.
  • Submit the Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).
  • Provide a two- to three-page professionally formatted letter of intent which explains why they aspire to enter the teaching profession and which includes their philosophy of education.
  • Demonstrate a “good fit” disposition toward the teaching profession by earning a passing score on the Candidate Disposition Self-Assessment, which measures the following:
    • Professional and Ethical Conduct
    • Communication and Collaboration
    • Individual and Cultural Sensitivity
    • Work Habits and Emotional Management
    • Self-Reflection and Professional Development
    • Effective Learning Environment
  • Self-disclose any and all past criminal history events during the application process.
    • Candidates who have criminal history will meet with the certificate analyst to determine whether they have committed a disqualifying offense.
    • Candidates may be referred to the Office of Professional Practices for a more detailed review and determination.
  • Sign an agreement that expresses the understanding of the guidelines and demands for the required field experience hours.

Evaluation of Additional Conditional Admission Requirements for Post Baccalaureate Students

Additional Conditional Admission Requirements for Post Baccalaureate students will be evaluated by a faculty committee and recommendations will be made to the Department of Education Studies (DES) chair and the director of teacher certificates using the following criteria:

  • A verified and eligible SOE from the FLDOE.
  • Official transcripts from the candidates’ previous coursework will be evaluated and GPA checked to ensure that the cumulative 3.0 and completion of a baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution requirement is met.
  • Writing samples will be analyzed to ensure grammar, syntax, and content comprehension are consistent with those comparable to a successful undergraduate student.
  • Results from disposition assessments will be analyzed according to a rubric to ensure the candidates’ attitudes are consistent to those necessary for educators in diverse, inclusive classrooms.
  • The quality of the references provided to highlight the candidates’ viability to become future educators.
  • Successful submission of other required paperwork (tuberculosis skin test, code of conduct, FTCE General Knowledge Test).

The DES chair and director of teacher certificates will review faculty committee recommendations, then provide recommendations for program admission to candidates to the Executive Dean of the College of Education, who will make the final admissions approvals.

Provisional Admission Requirements

You must attend beyond Week 3 of your first course in order to be provisionally admitted to a Post Baccalaureate program at Ashford University. Attendance past Week 3 constitutes your confirmation of your intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Upon attendance beyond Week 3 of your first course, you are considered a matriculated, regular student in your Post Baccalaureate program.

Full Admission Requirements

To be fully admitted into a Post Baccalaureate program, you must meet the following requirements prior to the conclusion of your third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course. If you do not complete all requirements, you will not be fully admitted and will be withdrawn from the program. To start the fourth (4th) course, you must complete all of the following requirements:

  • Have a confirmed GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the content courses applicable to the certificate being sought. You must submit official transcripts from the regionally-accredited institution from which you earned a baccalaureate or advanced degree.
  • Submit the Statement of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education.
  • Provide a two- to three-page professionally formatted letter of intent which explains why you aspire to enter the teaching profession and which includes your philosophy of education.
  • Demonstrate a “good fit” disposition toward the teaching profession by earning a passing score on the Candidate Disposition Self-Assessment, which measures the following:
    • Professional and ethical conduct
    • Communication and collaboration
    • Individual and cultural sensitivity
    • Work habits and emotional management
    • Self-reflection and professional development
    • Effective learning environment
  • Self-disclose any and all past criminal history events during the application process to the EPI.
    • Candidates who have criminal history will meet with the certificate analyst to determine whether they have committed a disqualifying offense.
    • Candidates may be referred to the Office of Professional Practices for a more detailed review and determination.
  • Sign an agreement that expresses the understanding of the guidelines and demands for the required field experience hours.

Additional Attendance Policy Requirements for Post Baccalaureate Courses

Students in Post Baccalaureate courses are required to complete the synchronous components of the Student Teaching Seminar courses. Exceptions must be approved through the Associate Dean, College of Education.