School and Ranking Information
Only two schools offer teaching degrees in the Bakersfield, CA, area, one is a private for-profit school and the other is a public school. The following school is the top pick for teaching based on rankings, number of programs available and low tuition costs.
- Winner: The School of Education at California State University's campus in Bakersfield offers three teaching degrees. At the bachelor's degree level, aspiring teachers can focus on family studies for general or elementary education; the graduate degree program focuses on general education. Regionally ranked, California State University - Bakersfield is a competitive choice for students wishing to pursue a degree in teaching.
School Info Chart
|Category||California State University - Bakersfield|
|Rankings||#80 in Regional Universities (West) (2015); #32 in Top Public Schools (West) (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $6,775 (in-state); $17,935 (out-of-state)*|
|Education Degrees Offered||Bachelor's; Master's|
|Education Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||158**|
|Most Popular Education Degree Level in 2013||Master's (102 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||39%**|
|Noteworthy||The master's program in education is offered entirely online|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator
California State University - Bakersfield
- Students must be licensed teachers to enroll in the master's program
- Master's students may choose to write a thesis, complete a project, or take an examination to complete their degree
- Students studying physical education and kinesiology can participate in the Physical Education and Kinesiology (PEAK) Club, a student organization focused on helping PEAK students and the community
The California State University - Bakersfield (CSUB) is a 4-year, public institution that serves over 9,000 students per term. The university has four schools and offers over 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs.
The School of Education at the California State University - Bakersfield supports a diverse student body. Online courses and two physical class locations - Bakersfield and Antelope Valley - make it possible for working professionals to earn teaching degrees around other obligations.
Those interested in becoming elementary or junior high school teachers can major in child, adolescent and family studies. Core classes include child development, multicultural children's literature, and child health, safety and nutrition. Graduates may enter one of CSUB's teacher-credentialing programs to earn certification.
The physical education and kinesiology bachelor's program offers two tracks of study: physical education and exercise science. Both concentrations cover a broad range of teaching and health-based disciplines, including athletic training, health-science education and traditional physical education. Graduates of the physical education track qualify for state-issued credentials.
The Master of Arts in Education is available completely online. Courses range from requirements - such as research methods and educational leadership - to electives, such as teaching diverse students, technology for the classroom and meeting state teaching standards.