JavaScript is required for basic dynamic and interactive browsing.

Test Information

Below are some of the exams that Liberal Studies students at CSUB may be required or may choose to take.

CSET-California Subject Examination for Teachers

The California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) have been developed by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for prospective teachers who choose to or are required to meet specific requirements for certification by taking examinations.

Link: CSET-California Subject Examination for Teachers

CBEST-California Basic Educational Skills Test

The California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) was developed to meet requirements of  laws relating to credentialing and employment. This test requirement does not replace any of the other requirements of subject matter knowledge, professional preparation, and practice teaching or field experience applicable to the issuance of credentials. The CBEST is designed to test basic reading, mathematics, and writing skills found to be important for the job of an educator; the test is not designed to measure the ability to teach those skills.

Link: CBEST-California Basic Educational Skills Test

RICA-Reading Instruction Competence Assessment

Through the California Reading Initiative, California has made a major commitment to improving students' reading skills and performance. An important element of the California Reading Initiative is Education Code Section 44283, which is foremost among the efforts to improve the preservice preparation of teacher candidates. The law requires the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to "develop, adopt, and administer a reading instruction competence assessment . . . to measure an individual's knowledge, skill, and ability relative to effective reading instruction." Evaluation Systems was contracted by the CTC to assist in the development, administration, and scoring of this assessment, which is known as the Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA).

Link: RICA-Reading Instruction Competence Assessment



Liberal Studies

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022 

Pam Conners
Director of Advising
Phone: (661) 654-3337
Email: pconners@csub.edu
Office:  Education 134

Sally Johnson
Program Coordinator
Phone: (661) 654-3337
Email: sjohnson9@csub.edu
Office: Education 135