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College of Education & Health Sciences

Founded by Horace Mann in 1840 as the first permanently sited teacher education program in the country, Bridgewater State University 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.

BSU received a commendation from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in recognition of our outstanding partnerships with our network of professional development schools in Gateway cities surrounding BSU.

Academic Departments and Programs


The mission of The College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS) is to prepare high-quality, caring professionals to function effectively within a society influenced by diversity and accelerated change.


  • Academic Excellence and Innovation
  • Opportunity, Diversity and Social Justice
  • Collaboration
  • Effective Research/Evidence Based Practice

Regional Center for Emergency License Holders

Bridgewater State University has been awarded substantial grant funding from the Department of Early and Secondary Education allowing educators possessing an emergency license to have the opportunity to earn an initial teaching license at no cost in one of the following fields:

  • Special Education, Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 or 5-12 (cohort model)
  • Secondary Education (Biology, Chemistry, Dance, Earth and SpaceScience, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Spanish, Theater,Visual Arts)
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

After completion of their licensure coursework and teaching practicum, candidates can move seamlessly into one of our MEd programs at BSU.

Candidates will take part in the following throughout their program:

  • Proactive and Appreciative advising for each participant
  • Access to free MTEL preparation opportunities at BSU and free MTEL test vouchers
  • Coursework leading to initial teaching license
  • Participants will be able to use coursework towards their applicable MEd at BSU

Contact:  Darren MacDonald at or 508.531.1263.

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Education and Health Sciences Outreach embraces and supports values in our community by providing enriching programs for students, teachers and administrators. We collaborate regularly with public school district leaders in Southeastern Massachusetts to plan valuable programs that are based on the needs of students, teachers and administrators and address current trending topics.

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 BSU’s page on the Massachusetts Department of Education 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, Scituate 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 Education and Health Sciences Outreach website for additional information.



The College of Education and Health Sciences consists of an array of health sciences programs that prepare students to work in health professions, and these programs also provide comprehensive fieldwork and internship opportunities for the students.

The health sciences programs are in three academic departments (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counselor Education and Health and Kinesiology). The career opportunities include but are not limited to the following:

Communication Sciences and Disorders: The Department provides students with a comprehensive understanding of speech pathology, audiology and related specialties. The career opportunities are Speech Therapist, Audiology, Speech/Language Educator or Pathology Assistant and Children’s Hearing Specialist.

Communication Sciences and Disorders, BS
Communication Disorders Minor

Speech-Language Pathology, MS

Counselor Education: The Department of Counselor Education prepares students for successful careers in mental health counseling, school adjustment counseling, school counseling, and various roles in higher education settings. The career opportunities are School Counselor, School Adjustment Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and various roles in higher education settings.

Counseling, Mental Health Counseling Concentration, MEd
Counseling, Mental Health Counseling - Dual License Concentration, MEd
Counseling, School Adjustment Counseling, Post-Master's Licensure
Counseling, School Counseling (PreK-8, 5-12) Concentration, MEd
Counseling, School Counseling (PreK-8, 5-12), Post-Master's Licensure
Counseling, Student Affairs Counseling Concentration, MEd

Health and Kinesiology: The Department prepares students for success as teachers, personal trainers, recreation specialists, adaptive fitness therapists, public health professionals, athletic trainers, health educators, occupational health and safety, nursing care homes, health program director, epidemiologist, health policy and administration, nutritionist, physical therapy and occupational therapy graduate schools.

Undergraduate major:
Exercise Physiology, BS
Health Science, BS
Health Science, Pre-Athletic Training Concentration, BS
Health Science, Pre-Occupational Therapy Concentration, BS
Health Science, Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration, BS
Health Studies, BS
Public Health, BS
Physical Education, BA
Physical Education, Motor Development Therapy/Adapted Physical Education Concentration, BS
Physical Education, Recreation and Fitness Club Administration Concentration, BS
Physical Education, Recreation Concentration, BS
Physical Education, Teacher Licensure (5-12) Concentration, BS
Physical Education, Teacher Licensure (PreK-8) Concentration, BS

Undergraduate minor:
Coaching Minor
Dance Minor (interdisciplinary program)
Exercise Physiology Minor
Health Promotion Minor
Health Resources Management Minor
Nutrition Minor
Recreation Minor

Athletic Training, MS
Health Professions and Pre-Medical Sciences, Postbaccalaureate
Health Promotion, MEd
Physical Education (PreK-8) (Initial Licensure), Postbaccalaureate Licensure
Physical Education (5-12) (Initial Licensure), Postbaccalaureate Licensure
Physical Education, Adapted Physical Education and Sport Concentration, MS
Physical Education, Applied Kinesiology Concentration, MS
Physical Education, Coaching Education Concentration, MS
Physical Education, Human Performance and Health Fitness Concentration, MS
Physical Education, Individualized Concentration, MS
Physical Education, Professional Tennis Management and Coaching Concentration, MS
Physical Education, Strength and Conditioning Concentration, MS
Physical Education, Teaching Games for Understanding Concentration, MS
Professional Tennis Management, Graduate Certificate

CAP Central is your one-stop shop for accessing

  • details of the process,
  • all documents,
  • supporting resources,
  • training, and
  • roles and responsibilities

for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Capstone Assessment of Performance for Teacher Candidates.

Below you will find resources to support your supervision work using the CAP:

CAP Online Portal
Find the link to the online CAP Portal here. This is where you will enter all feedback / observation data and complete all online forms for the CAP process. 

CAP Resources
Here you’ll find links to a wide range of resources that will support your work with your BSU teacher candidate.

Suggested timelines for CAP Process
There are some options for structuring the timeline of the CAP. See this section for ideas and alternatives.

CAP Rubric and What to Look For
Find the Rubric for the 7 CAP elements here. 

Steps of the CAP Cycle
Find information and resources about each stop of the CAP cycle

Roles and Responsibilities
Learn about the three different roles in the CAP process and the responsibilities associated with each role.

CAP Trainings
Find resources here for building your knowledge and expertise about the CAP Process.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ms. Elizabeth Gracia

Ms. Mary Tanguay

Phone: 508.531.1347

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Dr. Patricia Emmons, Associate Dean

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College of Education & Health Sciences

Bridgewater State University
Hart Hall, Rooms 124-125
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States

Office Hours
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