Academic Programs

Child, Adolescent, & Family Studies B.A.
The CAFS program provides students with an undergraduate level of knowledge within Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies. This program highlights diverse theories, milestones across developmental domains, family systems, ethics, and developmental research methods. The CAFS major focuses on the biological, cognitive, psychological, and sociological foundations of child behavior and development. Students will acquire knowledge and gain understanding through exposure to relevant literature, current research topics, selected service, fieldwork, and development of their own research. Students will gain an intensive and global understanding of the developmental needs, behavioral patterns, and problems of children and their families. Through a variety of courses, students obtain knowledge and refine skills in observing, assessing, interpreting, and implementing programs for children and families; working with and supervising child-centered programs; participating in supportive structures for children and adolescents; and understanding families from diverse backgrounds.

Single Subject Credential
Candidates can obtain a single subject teaching credential at either of our two campus locations: Bakersfield and Antelope Valley. This credential authorizes candidates to teach in the specific subject(s) named on the credential in departmentalized classes such as those in most middle schools and high schools. Our dedicated faculty and staff work closely with each candidate throughout the program from early field experience to full day student teaching. Our courses combine theory and practice to prepare candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful and effective educators.

To apply, complete the Program Application.

 Multiple Subject Credential
Candidates can obtain a multiple subject teaching credential at either of our two campus locations: Bakersfield and Antelope Valley.  This program prepares candidates to teach multiple subjects in a self-contained classroom.  Teachers with this credential teach elementary (TK-6) grades.

To apply, complete the Program Application.

Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum & Instruction
This 30 semester unit online Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum & Instruction degree is designed to encourage collaboration, problem-solving, and the development of knowledge and skills in educational leadership. The program is geared to credentialed TK-12 teachers. While most candidates for the MA degree are TK-12 teachers, the program can be beneficial for professional development specialists, community college instructors, coaches, and others. A minimum of thirty (30) semester units is required for the degree. In addition to core requirements and the culminating activity, students choose from a wide range of electives to add depth to their program.

To apply, visit Extended University Curriculum and Instruction, click on “Apply Now” and download the “Curriculum & Instruction Application.” Mail the application and required documents to Extended University. Do not apply through CSU Mentor.

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Department of Teacher Education

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

Phone: (661) 654-3134
Fax: (661) 654-2199
Office: EDUC 116

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm 

Antelope Valley Center

California State University, Bakersfield-AV
43909 30th Street West
Lancaster, CA  93536

Phone: (661) 952-5080
Fax: (661) 952-5122
Office: 301

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 1 – 6 pm