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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/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.

Free RICA Support: Virtual Office hours for CSUB students.



Department of Advanced Educational Studies

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

Phone: (661) 654-3055
Fax: (661) 654-2479
Email: rotawka@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

Bakersfield Campus

Applicaiton Deadlines
Priority Deadline: October 28, 2020 5pm
Final Deadline: November 20, 2020 5pm

Special Education Spring 2021 Information Session
Date: October 9, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m.
https://csub.zoom.us/j/99012150920

Date: November 13, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m.
https://csub.zoom.us/j/92048097821

*Please visit https://csub.zoom.us/ for useful information on the software.
Please download the PowerPoint file to follow along.


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

Antelope Valley Campus
Contact Megan Marshall mmarshall10@csub.edu