Founded by Horace Mann in 1840 as the first permanently sited teacher education program in the country, Bridgewater has always been a central contributor to educator preparation. The College of Education & Health Sciences extends this tradition by offering undergraduate and graduate courses designed for students who aspire to be leaders in the education and human services fields. Our programs foster lifelong learning and prepare graduates to excel in a diverse and ever-changing world.
Academic Departments and Programs
Explore our undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, and graduate programs offered through our seven academic departments:
- Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Counselor Education
- Elementary & Early Childhood Education
- Movement Arts, Health Promotion & Leisure Studies
- Secondary Education & Professional Programs
- Special Education
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The College of Education and Health Sciences at Bridgewater State University is a vital contributor to the dynamic growth and success of our region. Our goal is to provide Southeastern Massachusetts with high quality academic programs leading to degrees and licensures and for professional development. Our mission is to foster powerful learning experiences and prepare competent, caring professionals to function effectively within a society influenced by diversity and accelerated change.
- National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Council for the Accreditation of Counseling Education and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
- Interstate Certification Compact
Today's modern classrooms, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, sports and leisure facilities, and counseling centers now use mobile devices effectively. Proficiency in the use of tablet and related technologies is imperative for anyone seeking a career in these settings. Therefore, all Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students in the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS) will be required to obtain the CEHS approved mobile device. Currently that device is the iPad, 32G.
As we standardize on a common device and platform, we realize the following benefits:
- Improved learning opportunities with personalized instruction and anytime, anywhere access
- A standardized communication platform for all students, faculty and staff
- Reduced costs for digital textbook options, apps and other digital materials
- More active and collaborative based classrooms and learning environments
Education Preparation Program: DATA
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collects, aggregates, and publishes data on all state-approved education preparation programs. Bridgewater State University participated as a pilot institution for the development of the department's Education Preparation Program Profiles posted on their website.
Access to all candidate and faculty demographic data, P-12 partnership information, and employment and retention data for our Education Preparation Programs, as well as information about our Educator Preparation Programs unit, is through Bridgewater State University’s home page on the Massachusetts Department of Education’s Website.
Access each of the reports for BSU’s candidate performance data via the following links:
The Field Placement Office in the College of Education and Health Sciences at BSU places over 500 students in quality clinical placements throughout the academic year. This process requires the development and maintenance of PK-12 partnerships with over 50 school districts and agencies within the university’s service region. A student teaching agreement details the parameters of these partnerships. Clinical handbooks, observation forms and rubrics guide the assessment of our field experiences.
The College of Education and Health Sciences has also developed a network of professional development schools in several cities and towns in the BSU service region: Brockton, Easton (SRVTHS), New Bedford and Taunton. Professional development school sites are chosen based upon their diverse student populations, innovative instructional practice and willingness to partner with the university in the preparation of outstanding 21st century educators.
Over the many years of developing outstanding professional educators, BSU has built a vast network of exemplary P-12 supervising practitioners. These educators work with our preservice candidates on a daily basis to help them build upon their strong theoretical foundation in refining and differentiating their instructional strategies to meet the learning needs of our diverse student populations.
Please also visit The Center for PreK-12 Educational Outreach website for additional information.
BSU supervising practitioners are able to access the handbooks and forms they need to support and assess their practicum candidates on this site page.