C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y B A K E R S F I E L D
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Caring and Reflective Professionals for a Democratic Society
Education Building, 124
(661) 664- 2016 (fax)
Interim Dean: Lon R. Kellenberger
DISCLAIMER: Due to ongoing and substantial changes in credential legislation and degree programs in the State of California, please check with an official School of Education advisor for current information.
The Mission of the School of Education (SOE) at California State University, Bakersfield, is: To strengthen the foundations of democracy and equal educational opportunity through quality programs which prepare committed education professionals and counselors in the context of a linguistically and culturally pluralistic society.
The School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Programs are constantly being updated and improved to meet new state and national guidelines. The SOE provides quality graduate and undergraduate programs leading to an academic degree or a California Teaching, counseling or administrative credential. Undergraduates may elect a major in Physical Education and Kinesiology or Child, Adolescent and Family Studies. Both offer pathways to a teaching credential and/or other professional options. Master Degrees and/or advanced credentials are also offered with concentrations in: Early Childhood and Family Studies, Educational Administration, Special Education, Reading and Literacy, Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Counseling Psychology (offered jointly with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences) and School Counseling. A limited number of degree and credential options are also offered at our CSUB Antelope Valley Campus in Lancaster, CA.
Students planning to enter the teaching profession must combine an academic major with professional studies. Their work in the School of Education is designed to complement the instruction provided by other units within the University. Hence, candidates for the teaching profession are academically prepared at CSUB for the challenging work of inspiring and motivating young students from many socio-cultural and linguistic backgrounds and ability levels in the Elementary and Secondary schools throughout the county, state or nation.
The School of Education has administrative responsibility for basic credential programs and Intern credential programs leading to a preliminary and/or a clear credential in: Elementary Education (known as Multiple Subject) with a BCLAD or bilingual emphasis; Secondary Education (known as Single Subject) and Special Education (known as a Specialist Credential in either Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities). Advanced Specialists and Services credentials are offered in: Reading/Language Arts; Pupil Personnel Services; Administrative Services; and Special Education (Level II Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severs). The CLAD/BCLAD certificates and a Reading certificate are also offered in combination with, or independently from, graduate degree programs.
The School of Education also has a number of international options in Queretero, Mexico, through CSUB’s affiliation with the CSU International Teacher Education Consortium (ITEC). Students can earn a BCLAD certificate or Multiple Subject BCLAD emphasis teaching credential. Another agreement with the Normal School of Sonora, the School of Education sister institution in Hermosillo, Mexico, provides students options for short-term field experiences, workshops, language immersion and other kinds of professional cultural exchange activities.
The Philosophy of the School of Education has its roots in Confluent Education, which perceives learning as the merging of cognitive, affective, social and psychomotor domains. This philosophical viewpoint underscores the premise that Education should nurture and promote not only intellectual growth, but also students’ emotional, social and physical aspects so as to foment the well-being of ALL students, with a special focus on cultural and linguistic diversity and their relation to access, equity and excellence.
Based on the Confluent Education model, the following goals provide a direction for educating the whole person:
• To formulate a comprehensive view of human growth and development, a global knowledge of self and others and an empathy and sensitivity to multiple realities of a changing environment;
• To develop a commitment and responsibility to democratic and social values through professional collaboration, educational leadership, and collegial partnerships;
• To promote critical inquiry through research and practice in order to improve teaching, learning, and communication;
• To broaden knowledge and skill bases in terms of pedagogical multicultural principles conducive for effective curriculum delivery and instruction in diverse settings;
• To utilize and integrate various current multimedia resources and technological tools to enhance teaching and learning in the ever-changing society; and
• To apply multiple methods of assessment with a special focus on critical reflection and self-analysis for continual professional development and on-going program evaluation.
“Caring and reflective professionals for a democratic society”
Inquiries and Applications
Basic Credential Programs – Applicants are to contact the Credentials Office in the School of Education (Education Building, EDUC 102; 661-664-2484) for program information and application procedures for admission to the Multiple Subjects and Single Subjects Credential programs. Additional information may be located in this catalog in the Basic Credential Programs section.
Advanced Credential and Certificate Programs – Applicants are to contact the Advanced Educational Studies Department (Education Building, EDUC 238; 661-664-3055) in the School of Education for program information. Application materials may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office in the School of Education (Education Building, EDUC 235; 661-664-3160). The application materials include program details, admission requirements, course requirements and enrollment procedures. A conference with a program advisor is required. Additional information may be located in this catalog in the Advanced Educational Studies section.
Graduate Degree Programs
Master of Arts in Education – To pursue a Master of Arts degree offered by the School of Education, the applicant must first apply to the Office of Admissions and Records, CSUB (661/664-3036). Following admission to the University, the applicant is to contact the Advanced Educational Studies Office (Education Building 238; 661/664-3055) for a brochure and application to the specific graduate degree program/concentration desired. The completed application is to be returned to the Office of the Graduate Evaluator (Education Building 235; 661/664-3160) for review and to determine that and requested materials are included. The graduate degree program coordinator and faculty will certify admission or non-admission to the desired program. Applicants will be notified in writing as to the action regarding admission.
Master of Science in Counseling — To pursue a Master of Science in counseling, the applicant must first apply to the Office of Admissions and Records, CSUB (661/664-3036), designating the appropriate code for Educational Counseling/Guidance (08261). Following admission to the University, the applicant is to contact the Department of Advanced Educational Studies Office (Education Building 238; 661/664-3055) for a brochure and application to the specific graduate degree program desired. The brochure and application may also be obtained at one of the quarterly Informational Meetings for Prospective Students (call for date, time and location). The completed application is to be returned to the Office of the Graduate Evaluator (Education Building 235; 661/664-3160) for review before on of three deadlines: April 15 (for fall), October 15 (for winter), or February 15 (for spring). Prior to formal admission to the Program, students may enroll in EDCS 540, Introduction to Counseling, as an unclassified student. The Program Admissions Committee will certify admission or non-admission to the desired degree program only after admission to the University has been established. Applicants will be notified in writing of actions regarding admission taken by the Committee.
All graduate degree programs leading to the MS in Counseling shall be planned in consultation with an assigned graduate program advisor in the School of Education and the Program of Study must be submitted for approval to the Graduate Studies Office.
Note: There is no guarantee that graduate credit units previously earned in the School of Education or at other schools within the University will be permitted for use toward an approved program of study. Such units must have the written approval of the program advisor and/or coordinator.
Writing Assessment Requirement – All degree applicants (BA, BS, MA, MS) must fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). This requirement may be met by taking a specific English course or by passing an examination. For additional information contact the English Department (661) 664-2144.
Clear credential or advanced (specialist or services) credential candidates may meet the Writing Assessment Requirement by completing one of the following:
• Score 41 or higher on the Written part of the CBEST; or
• Pass an approved English course that meets the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement with a minimum grade of “C” or “CR” ; or
• Pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) examination.
California Basic Educational Skills Test for Teachers (CBEST) – All credential candidates applying to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for the initial issuance of any credential or permit are required to have taken and passed the CBEST. The CBEST is administered at the CSUB campus at various times throughout the year. For additional information contact the CSUB Testing Center (661) 664-3373, located in the CSUB Student Health Center.
The Mini-Corps – The California Migrant Teacher Assistant Program (Mini-Corps) is a special program designed to prepare teachers for meeting the educational needs of migrant children. Through the Mini-Corps, qualified undergraduates working toward a teaching credential can obtain early classroom experience while serving as assistants to teachers of migrant children. Additional information may be obtained from the CSUB Mini-Corps coordinator (661) 664-2429 located in Administration East, Room 118.
Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) – California is experiencing a serious shortage of high quality classroom teachers. The most critical teacher shortages are in the subjects areas of math, science, bilingual education, foreign language, English, special education and reading at those schools serving large populations of students from low-income and economically disadvantaged families. In an effort to encourage people to enter the teaching profession in the above teaching areas, the California Legislature created the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE). This program is a competitive teacher incentive program designed to attract outstanding students to the teaching profession. Under provisions of the APLE program, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), may assume up to $11,000 in outstanding student loan balances.
Governor’s Teaching Fellowship Program – This program is an important component of Governor Davis’ education program (SB 1666). These competitive awards are designed for students preparing to teach in low performing schools in California for four (4) years. These fellowships provide $20,000 to help pay education and living expenses while students are enrolled full-time in a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) accredited California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), or an independent college/university teacher education program. For further information please visit their website: www.teacher-fellowship.calstate.edu or e-mail: email@example.com or phone toll free (866) 824-7335.
Cal Grant T Program – This program is for teacher credential candidates who have a baccalaureate degree and plan to pursue a teacher credential program. The award is to be used only for tuition/fees for a maximum of one academic year of full-time attendance ($1,506 at CSUB). As a condition of receiving a Cal Grant T award, a recipient must teach for one year at a low-performing public school for each $2,000 of award money received, and teach for a maximum of four years. Any recipient who does not meet the teaching obligation will be required to repay the award. The final filing deadline is June 1 for the upcoming academic year.