Educational Specialist Residency Pathway


Greenfield Information Session:
October 19, 2023 at 4:30pm []

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Preliminary Credential

The Preliminary Mild to Moderate Support Needs (MMSN) and Extensive Support Needs (ESN) Education Specialist Program is accredited by  the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The Preliminary Program prepares candidates for a career in teaching TK-12 students who have mild to moderate (MMSN) or extensive support needs (ESN) and receive special education services.

Program Design

Every candidate’s individualized program includes 38 semester units of coursework in general education and in special education that are completed in one academic year. Candidates choose either the MMSN or ESN program.

Residency Model 

The teacher residency programs at California State University, Bakersfield provide residents with a co-teaching apprenticeship for a full academic year (minimum of 3 days per week). Credential program coursework is co-constructed with university faculty and district leaders and is delivered at school sites in a cohort model. University and district leaders work collaboratively to establish criteria for joint selection of placement sites, mentors, and residents. The teacher residency programs provide financial support to residents that may be used for tuition and/or living expenses, and residency mentors are also financially compensated. Residents commit to teach in the district if they are offered a teaching position. The Residency Model program is available at the Bakersfield campus.

Application Process

  1. Apply to CSUB. Application materials can be found here
  2. Apply to the Special Education Program. [PDF]
    1. For questions about the application process please contact Dr. Sarana Roberts at
    2. Applicants who submit early are given the highest priority.
  3. Complete the pathway program interest form here:

Interview Process

Two rounds of interviews will be scheduled for potential candidates interested in our program. The first interview is with CSUB special education faculty only. This interviewed determines whether you will be accepted into the special education program to pursue your preliminary credential. After granted admittance into the special education program you would interview for admittance into the residency program. This interview is with both special education faculty and the partner school district. Applicants who are admitted into the special education program but not the residency program, would be placed on the traditional pathway to receiving their credential and would be contacted by Julia Bavier to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor. Applicants who are admitted into the residency pathway would be contacted by Julia Bavier and would receive an email from Dr. Sarana Roberts with their residency orientation date. 

2022 Residency Pathways Information Session Video


Kate Herman
Greenfield Residency Program Coordinator

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Matthew Kabel
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