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Department of Special Education

Special Education teachers work with students who have cognitive, emotional, behavioral and/or physical disabilities. In some cases, they ensure that lessons and strategies are modified to accommodate the student. In other cases, they help students with basic literary and math skills, school readiness and independent living skills.

Our department offers programs designed to meet the necessary skill sets of undergraduate and graduate students interested in working with individuals who have exceptionalities.

Faculty
Mary Connor
Associate Professor and Chair of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 242
Tel:
508.531.2763
Email: mary.connor@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Stonehill College
MEd, Bridgewater State College
DEd, Boston University

David Almeida
Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 222
Tel:
508.531.2360
Email: david.almeida@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, College of the Holy Cross
MA, Assumption College
EdM, PhD, Harvard University 

J. Edward Carter
Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 221
Tel:
508.531.2507
Email: edward.carter@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, MEd, PhD, Boston College

Jon L. Cash
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 243
Tel:
508.531.2671
Email: Jon.Cash@bridgew.edu

Jon L. Cash received his doctorate from Mississippi State University and joins the Bridgewater State University Department of Special Education. He will teach our graduate students in Applied Curriculum Development for Learners with Special Needs: PreK-8 (SPED 504), Curriculum Development for Learners with Severe Disabilities II (SPED 525) and Seminar in Special Education (SPED 550), as well as provide supervision to our student teachers. His research and scholarship areas focus on self-efficacy beliefs and the effectiveness of professional development, self-efficacy beliefs and the processing speed of children with disabilities, and autism. His favorite activities include reading, writing, watching Southeastern Conference sports and cooking.

Delayne Connor
Associate Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 246
Tel:
508.531.2002
Email: delayne.connor@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Hiram College
MEd, PhD, Kent State University

Alexandra Dema
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 248
Tel:
508.531.2878
Email: adema@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, MA, Voronezh State University
PhD, University of Nevada

Ken Dobush
Associate Professor of Special Education; Graduate Coordinator, MAT TESOL
Hart Hall, Room 245
Tel:
508.531.2270
Email: kdobush@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BFA, Fordham University
MS, College of Saint Rose
PhD, University of Albany

Jeri Katz
Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 224
Tel:
508.531.2589
Email: jkatz@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BS, University of Rhode Island
MEd, Bridgewater State College
DEd, Boston College

Melissa Latham-Keh
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 244
Tel:
508.531.1845
Email: melissa.keh@bridgew.edu
Degrees

Ed.D, TESOL

Robert MacMillan
Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 219
Tel:
508.531.2104
Email: rmacmillan@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BS, MEd, Frostburg State College
MA, West Virginia University
EdD, University of Alabama

Emily Spitzman
Assistan Professor of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 248
Tel:
508.531.1226
Email: espitzman@bridgew.edu
Degrees

BA, Brown University
MA, School for International Training Graduate Institute
PhD, University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College

Staff
Michele O'Neill
Administrative Assistant
Hart Hall, Room 248
Tel:
508.531.1226
Email: michele.oneill@bridgew.edu
Department Chair
Dr.
Mary Connor
Tel:
508.531.2763
Administrative Assistant
Ms.
Michele O'Neill
Tel:
508.531.1226
Graduate Coordinator
Dr.
J. Edward Carter
Tel:
508.531.2507
Graduate Coordinator, TESOL
Dr.
Ken Dobush
Tel:
508.531.2270

The department's programs include a BSE degree in Special Education (Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities) a five-year dual licensure program (BSE in Elementary Education/MEd in Special Education), and two minors in special education (Professional Practices and Inclusive Practices). We also offer special education licensure programs, MEd programs in Special Education, and an MAT in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

We encourage our students to be both ambitious and highly dedicated, because the demand for their skills is substantial. Our graduates pursue successful careers as special education teachers in public and private schools, consultants and school administrators.

For more information on programs see our Catalog.

Department of Special Education
Hart Hall, Room 220
508.531.1226
fax: 508.531.1771