Programs in Special Education

Course Descriptions

View the Special Education course descriptions here


The exemplary Special Education programs at CSU Bakersfield are accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The Preliminary Program prepares candidates for a career in teaching K-12 students who have Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe disabilities and receive special education services.

Every candidate’s individualized program includes 53 semester units of course work in general education and in special education across three developmental phases. Candidates choose either the Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe program. Upon completion of the Preliminary Education Specialist Program, candidates are expected to continue with the Professional Clear Credential program.

Fact Sheet for Preliminary Program

Preliminary Credential Handbook

Internship Program

The Intern Program is an alternative pathway toward the certification of becoming a California Credentialed Teacher. Interns typically work full time during the day and take classes at night. It can take up to two years to complete the teaching program and earn a Preliminary/Level One California Teaching Credential.

Master's Degree

The Special Education M.A. Degree program at CSUB is designed to provide candidates with knowledge and competencies necessary to take on leadership roles in the field of Special Education. The CSUB Special Education M.A. degree program ia designed to reflect the standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Fact Sheet for Master's Program

Master's Degree Handbook

Added Authorization in Early Childhood Special Education

ECSE Information Flyer


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Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)

ITEP allows undergraduate students to complete a bachelor degree and a special education teaching credential preparation in 4 years. There are two ITEP-SPED programs at CSUB. One program is housed in the Department of Liberal Studies (ISPED), and the other program is in the Department of Child, Adolescents, and Family Studies (CSPED). Students who are interested in completing special education credential preparation coursework with a bachelor’s degree can apply to the ISPED in liberal studies department or CSPED in Child, Adolescents, Family Studies Department. 

ITEP Information Flyer

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: AV 301