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Master of Education in Special Education


Master of Education in Special Education


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Did you know that 98 percent of our nation’s school districts report special education teacher shortages1 … or that the national deficit of highly qualified special education teachers is 11.2 percent, which means nearly 45,514 of those serving as special education teachers do not meet required standards2 … and that the demand for special educators is expected to increase by 17 percent from 2009 through 2018 – a rate greater than what is predicted for all other U.S. occupations? 3

According to the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education, the need for highly qualified special education teachers to effectively instruct students with disabilities continues to rise every year. Demand for well-trained, knowledgeable and committed special education teachers has never been greater.

Are you ready to answer this call? You can be, with a Master of Education in Special Education degree from Bridgewater State University. This state-approved program can prepare you to help children with learning disabilities achieve academic and lifelong success through a challenging curriculum that imparts the latest strategies, practices and teaching techniques.

1McLeskey, Tyler and Flippin, 2003, 2004, The supply of and demand for special education teachers: A review of research regarding the nature of chronic shortage of special education. 2U.S. Department of Education, 2008. 3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2009.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for special education teachers are expected to increase faster than all other occupations through 2018.

Program Highlights

The Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education program imparts the most up-to-date theories and instructional practices for advancing academic achievement and socially acceptable behavior in students with special needs. The program emphasizes a research-based approach, as well as problem-solving techniques and direct and explicit instruction. As a program participant, you will learn to analyze and apply current assessment strategies, and develop appropriate curricula based on individual student needs.

The MEd in Special Education program offers:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive teaching experience and ongoing participation in special education research, scholarly publication and professional organizations
  • Accommodating schedules, including Saturday courses during the academic year and two-week intensive courses during the summer
  • Prepractica and practica opportunities, enabling close collaboration with students from other programs within the College of Education and Allied Studies
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Benefits of a state institution that has been training teachers for more than 170 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Bridgewater State University’s MEd in Special Education program meets all Massachusetts Department of Education licensure requirements and standards established by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Field Education – Real-Life Experience, Making a Real Difference.

Field education is a unique and essential part of the learning experience in the MEd in Special Education program. It’s where classroom learning comes alive, providing you with countless opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge to real life situations – as well as to explore career choices and assess your own special interests.

The Bridgewater State University College of Education and Allied Studies offers a rich partnership with schools, institutions and agencies across the state, providing internship opportunities within special education programs for students with disabilities that may include traumatic brain injury, combined deafness and blindness, autism, visual impairments, orthopedic impairments, multiple disabilities, hearing impairments, emotional disturbance, intellectual disabilities, speech or language impairments, specific learning disabilities and other health impairments. Administrators and field coordinators will work closely with you to identify placements that best meet your particular learning needs and professional interests.



You’ve thought about it. You believe you can do it. And you’ve explored your options. Now you’re ready to advance your career – through the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Take the first step. Apply now. And get ready to transform your life!

Bridgewater State University College of Graduate Studies

Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

Bridgewater State University remains steadfast in its dual mission to educate citizens to be the best they can be and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to advance the economic and cultural life of the region and beyond.


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Master of of Education in Special Education, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300

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