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Building brighter futures for children with special needs

The Special Education programs at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) are guided by the philosophy that all individuals in our society have the right to be educated in the least restrictive environment that fulfills their individual needs. Special education aims to help all children become productive and participating members of society by developing their optimal potential, regardless of disability.  

At CSUB, our primary mission is to prepare future special education teachers who can work effectively with students with Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) and Extensive Support Needs (ESN). Our students develop the instructional, interpersonal and management skills that are critical to success in this field. Graduates become effective teachers and caring, reflective, decision-making professionals.

The Special Education Program at California State University, Bakersfield offers the following programs at our Bakersfield and Antelope Valley Campuses:

  • Preliminary Education Specialist Credential Program
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Education, specializing in Special Education

All programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Antelope Valley Campus Students please click here for more information.

Bakersfield Campus Students please click on the links to the left for more information about the Special Education programs at CSUB.


Test Preparation Resources

Department of Advanced Educational Studies

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

Phone: (661) 654-3055
Fax: (661) 654-2479
Office: Education 213

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

Information Session Dates

Application Deadlines
Spring 2023
University deadline: November 1, 2022
Program Priority: October 2, 2022
Program Final: November 1, 2022

Fall 2023
University deadline: June 30, 2023
Program Priority: May 1, 2023
Program Final: June 30, 2023

Special Education Fall 2023 Information Session (Bakersfield)
information session flyer

Special Education Fall 2023 Information Session (Antelope Valley)

*Please visit for useful information on the software.

*Due to COVID-19 concerns, the information sessions will be held using Zoom video conferencing.