Postbaccalaureate Licensure Programs

Greater Knowledge for a Higher Degree of Success.

A historic turnover in the teaching profession is on the way as more than a million veteran teachers are nearing retirement. In just the past decade, America required nearly two million new teachers to fill positions left vacant by retirees.1 And predictions indicate that the need will continue. In Massachusetts alone, about 19,000 teachers are expected to retire within the next 10 years. Furthermore, the need for teachers in subjects such as mathematics, natural sciences, special education and foreign languages is on the rise.2

If you are thinking of pursuing a rewarding career as a teacher – or are a teacher already and wish to enhance your expertise in a particular subject area – a Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program can provide the knowledge and skills you need. Designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences, these programs offer a convenient, time-efficient way to become licensed to teach in the state of Massachusetts. Prepare yourself to become a highly qualified teacher, and bring your unique experience to the classroom.

Postbaccalaureate licensure programs leading to initial licensure are offered in the following areas:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2014, the need for preschool teachers is projected to grow by 33 percent, kindergarten teachers by 22 percent, and elementary teachers by 18 percent. Additionally, the BLS predicts a shortage of 200,000 special education teachers over the next five years.

1 Source: National Center for Education Statistics, The Baby Boom Echo Report, 1998. 
2 Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

Program Highlights

As a participant in a postbaccalaureate licensure program (PLP), you will build upon your undergraduate or graduate level studies with a diverse range of professional education courses, as well as prepractica and practica experiences, ultimately leading to teacher certification. As part of a cohort, you will move through the program with the same small group of students, providing opportunities to build strong professional relationships while benefiting from peer support.

Postbaccalaureate licensure programs offer:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive teaching experience and ongoing participation in educational research, scholarly publication and professional organizations
  • Compliance with recommendations of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and the Advisory Group to the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • 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

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

Field education is a unique and essential part of the learning experience in postbaccalaureate licensure programs. 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.

Bridgewater State University’s College of Education and Allied Studies offers a rich partnership with schools, institutions and agencies across the state, providing internship opportunities within preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and special education programs. Administrators and field coordinators work closely with you to identify placements that best meet your particular learning needs and professional interests.

Bridgewater State University’s long history of close collaboration with regional school systems and its tradition of leadership in areas such as special education, literacy education, teacher mentoring and professional development contribute to the depth and strength of the Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program.


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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Postbaccalaureate Licensure Programs, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library

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


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