The Special Education Program at California State University, Bakersfield provides exemplary credential and master’s degree programs in Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe Disabilities and is accredited by NCATE and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). These programs are designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and competencies necessary for earning Special Education credentials or master’s degree either in the Mild/Moderate or the Moderate/Severe Disabilities.
Program Philosophy and Rationale:
The Special Education Credential Programs at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) are guided by the philosophy and based on the laws (PL94-142, PL101-457, and PL105-17) that all individuals in our society have the right to be educated in the least restrictive environment to fulfill their individual needs and become productive and/or participating members of society by developing their optimal potential.
The Special Education specialist credential programs are grounded in the School of Social Sciences and Education mission statement and motto, “Expanding Minds, Engaging Hears, Enhancing Communities”. The motto provides a conceptual framework for all professional education programs within the School. In particular, the Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe Credential programs have been developed through the joint efforts of CSUB special education, general education program faculty, and local area practitioners who are committed to influencing the practice of teaching students with special needs.