SANTA CLARITA - The University Center has scheduled five information meetings over the next few months for those interested in enrolling in the highly anticipated special education credential program, which California State University, Bakersfield, will launch in June.
The meetings will focus on admission requirements, prerequisites and scheduling. All meetings begin at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Interim University Center on the college campus. Prospective students must attend one of the following meetings to be considered for admission:
* Wednesday, April 6
* Tuesday, April 19
* Wednesday, May 4
* Tuesday, May 17
* Thursday, June 2
A mandatory orientation session will be held June 16 for all students applying for admission.
The two-year, part-time program provides a credential and a master's degree in ild/moderate disabilities. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). NCATE accreditation is a mark of distinction, providing recognition that the college of education has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers.
Prerequisite classes will begin in June, and credentialing coursework will begin in September. All classes will be held in the Interim University Center and scheduled in the evening or on Saturday. Student teaching will take place in Santa Clarita Valley school districts.
The Interim University Center provides convenient access to an assortment of educational programs, allowing local residents to earn advanced degrees and specialized certificates without traveling beyond the Santa Clarita Valley.
Educational partners include California State University, Bakersfield; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Fresno; University of La Verne; Chapman University and ELS Language Centers.
Discussions with other potential partners are ongoing.
The Interim University Center is located on the south side of the campus, best accessible via the South Parking Lot, which can be entered from Rockwell Canyon Road. A permanent center is planned on the southernmost edge of the college campus.
For information about the special education credential program, visit the Cal State Bakersfield Web site at www.csub.edu/regional/sped.html 
For more information about any of the programs offered at the Interim University Center, contact Tom Orr at (661) 362-UNIV or firstname.lastname@example.org