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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 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.


Free RICA Support: Virtual Office hours for CSUB students.

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 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

Application Deadlines
Program applications will not be accepted for Spring 2022

CSU Apply Deadline

Special Education Fall 2022 Information Session
October 20, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom link: TBA
Please download the presentation slides

Antelope Valley Campus

Application Deadlines
Program applications will not be accepted for Spring 2022
CSU Apply Deadline

Special Education Fall 2022 Information Session
Contact Megan Marshall for the Zoom link (661) 952-5080

Oct. 14, 2021 at 4:30pm
February 10, 2021 at 4:30pm
March 10, 2021 at 4:30pm

*Please visit for useful information on the software.

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