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/Moderate or Moderate/Severe disabilities. 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:

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

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

Please click on the links to the left for more information about the Special Education programs at CSUB.

Application Deadlines:

Spring Admissions
1st Deadline: November 10, 2016
Final Deadline: December 2, 2016

Fall 2017 Admissions
April 10, 2017

Candidate Improvement Plan and Disposition Appeal Process



Advanced Educational Studies

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

Phone: (661) 654-3193
Fax: (661) 654-2479
Email: jbavier@csub.edu
Office: Education 238

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

Main Campus
September 30, 2016
4:00 p.m. 
Education Building Room 127

November 18, 2016
4:00 p.m. 
Education Building Room 127

February 24, 2017
4:00 p.m. 
Education Building Room 127

April 28, 2017
4:00 p.m. 
Education Building Room 127

Antelope Valley Campus
September 20, 2016
4:00 p.m. 
Room 120

February 24, 2017
4:00 p.m. 
Room 120

April 28, 2017
4:00 p.m. 
Room 120