Certificates and Credentials

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Certificate and Credential Admissions Requirements


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General Requirements for All Certificate and Credential Programs


It is important to provide all required documents so the Office of Admissions can process your application for admission to Alliant International University. Please check the following list to make sure you have included everything needed for admission:

 

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    Completed Online Application

    Prospective students must submit an online application along with a non-refundable $65 application fee.

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    Undergraduate Degree

    Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's degree or higher from an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited in the U.S. (or its international equivalent).

    Please note that applicants who want to earn a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in school counseling or school psychology must hold a Master’s Degree. For more specific details, please review the entry criteria for your desired program in the Program-Specific Requirements section below.

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    Official Transcripts

    Foreign Transcript Policy

    Students who previously attended schools outside of the United States may be able to show proof of official transcript documents by providing either of the following:

    Official Transcript and internal review by designated Alliant staff.

    Third Party Review: A student may request an official evaluation of schoolwork which will be sent directly from a credible transcript evaluation service to the University. The evaluation must indicate that the document was based on an official educational record in order to be considered for transcript intake.**

    ** Students enrolling in Teacher Education programs must submit transcripts through the pre-approved entities listed on the California Commission of Teacher Credentialing portal. Alliant’s internal review is not sufficient for entry into these programs.

    Note: this policy does not pertain to potential transcript evaluation for transfer credit purposes.

    Degree Requirements for Foreign Students Enrolling in California Teaching Credential Programs

    California teaching credential program applicants whose degree is from outside the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated prior to being admitted to the Alliant International University teaching credential program.

    To locate the most updated list of CTC-approved entities, please review visit: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl635.pdf?sfvrsn=6

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Program-Specific Requirements


The University’s admissions criteria vary from program to program and are designed to measure the qualities and capabilities required of a professional in the field to which the student is applying as reflected in an applicant’s academic ability, academic preparation, and other personal and non-academic factors.

 

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Entry Requirements by Program

  • California School of Education

    Administrative Services Credential (ASC)

    • Completed online application (fee: $65)
    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Official Transcripts
    • GPA Minimum 2.5 or GPA Exemption Petition  
    • Proof of either (a) five years of successful full-time teaching experience OR (b) five years of successful full-time service experience under a valid pre-requisite credential. 
    • Possess one of the following valid credentials as define below (a screenshot of CCTC’s online system showing evidence of proper credential can serve as documentation):
      • A clear or life California teaching credential that requires a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation including student teaching or the equivalent, and holds an English learner authorization
      • A clear or life California designated subjects teaching credential in adult education, career technical education, vocational education, or special subjects, provided the applicant possesses a baccalaureate degree and holds an English learner authorization
      • A clear or life California services credential in pupil personnel services, health services for school nurse, teacher librarian services, or speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation including field work or the equivalent.
    • GPA Exemption Petition: candidates who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may be required to interview with Program Director or Faculty and must submit the following: 
      • Resume
      • Two Letters of Recommendation
      • 1-2-page essay
        • A brief autobiographical statement which addresses bachelor’s GPA, any relevant experience in teaching or working with children and adolescents, and/or within K-12 schools and graduate level degree or coursework   
           

    Certificate in CLAD/CTEL

    • Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or GPA Exemption Statement)

      • Official transcripts
         

    • Candidates must possess a valid California teaching credential, Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential with a Special Class Authorization, School Nurse Services Credential with a Special Teaching Authorization in Health, Children’s Center Permit (excluding emergency), or Child Development Permit (excluding Assistant and Associate Permit) that authorizes the holder to provide instruction to pupils in preschool, grades K–12, or classes primarily organized for adults. Candidates who hold an out of state (non-California) teaching credential must provide proof of teaching credential/certificate/license with either an official transcript or official copy of credential/certificate/license.
       

    • Please note: the following list of requirements must be met before Alliant will issue CLAD/CTEL certification but are not requirements at the time of admission:

      • Official documentation verifying the California Basic Skills requirement has been met.
      • The Alliant CLAD/CTEL program will recommend candidates based upon a combination of Alliant coursework and successful passing of subsets of the CTEL exam. Students must provide documentation verifying passing scores of CTEL subset exam(s) to waive Alliant’s course work. Alliant CLAD/CTEL program does not accept transfer credit from any CLAD/CTEL courses taken at other institutions.

     

    Certificate in Autism

    • Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or GPA Exemption Statement)

    • Official or unofficial transcripts

    • Proof of mild/moderate California teaching credential

     

    PPS Credential in School Counseling

    • Master’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution

      • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts

    • Two letters of recommendation

    • Resume

    • Interview with program director or faculty

     

    PPS Credential in School Psychology

    • Completed online application (fee: $65)

    • Master’s degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution 

      • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA Exemption Petition

    • Two letters of recommendation

    • Resume

    • Interview with program director or faculty

    • Passing CBEST score or CCTC-approved alternative documentation that fulfills basic skills requirement

  • California School of Forensic Studies

    Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies Advanced Practice Certificate

    • Bachelors required
       

    Forensic Linguistics Advanced Practice Certificate

    • Bachelors required
       

    Forensic Victimology Advanced Practice Certificate

    • Bachelors required
       

    Fundamentals of Correctional Psychology

    • Doctorate or enrollment in doctoral program required
       

    Fundamentals of Correctional Psychology with Assessment

    • Official transcript showing enrollment in or graduate of a doctoral psychology program

    • Psychology license number
       

    Fundamentals of Military and Veterans Psychology

    • Doctorate or enrollment in doctoral program required
       

    Fundamentals of Police Psychology

    • Doctorate or enrollment in doctoral program required
       

    Fundamentals of Police Psychology with Assessment

    • Official transcript showing enrollment in or graduate of a doctoral psychology program

    • Psychology license number
       

    Telemental Health

    • High School Diploma or GED required
       

    Practical Situational Awareness Advanced Practice Certificate

    • High School Diploma or GED required
       

    RESPOND-Law Enforcement Mental Health Team Advanced Practice Certificate

    • High School Diploma or GED required
       

    Threat Assessment and Management Advanced Practice Certificate

    • High School Diploma or GED required
       

    Trial Consulting Advanced Practice Certificate

    • Bachelors required
       

     

    Advanced Placement Certificates – Continuing Education (CE) Credit

    To obtain CE credit, applicants must have a valid license to practice as a mental health professional and should verify that their state of licensure accepts CE credit sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA).

  • California School of Business and Management

    Certificate in Financial Management

    • Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

    • Unofficial transcript from bachelor’s degree or higher granting institution

     

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Essay Prompts by Program

  • California School of Education

    PPS Credential in School Counseling

    In a comprehensive 2-4 page (double-spaced) essay please address the following:

    • A brief autobiographical statement; professional aspirations; any professional organizations to which you belong; honors, activities, and other accomplishments; any experience in the field to which you are applying, which may include any experience in K-12 settings or higher education, teaching, or working with children and adolescents.

     

    PPS Credential in School Psychology

    In a comprehensive 2-4 page (double-spaced) essay please address the following:

    • A brief autobiographical statement; professional aspirations; any professional organizations to which you belong; honors, activities, and other accomplishments; any experience in the field to which you are applying, which may include any experience in K-12 settings or higher education, teaching, or working with children and adolescents.

     

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