Department of Special Education
For individuals with cognitive, emotional, behavioral or physical disabilities, the attention demonstrated by a special education teacher provides essential support in a world that frequently is unable to accommodate their needs. The Department of Special Education at Bridgewater State University trains students for careers as teachers of individuals with moderate to severe special needs, preparing them to have a meaningful, positive impact on the lives of often overlooked populations.
Our undergraduate and graduate programs comprise a rigorous curriculum that prepares ambitious students for careers as special education teachers in public and private schools, consultants and school administrators. Drawing on BSU’s long history of producing exemplary teachers, our faculty members work to help Special Education teacher candidates learn current, evidence-based practices and develop the skills required to succeed in this rewarding and in-demand field. Our licensure programs are recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and CAEP/CEC (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Council for Exceptional Children) and have been acknowledged as exemplary by Teachers.org (2016), while the department was ranked one of the 10 best colleges for Special Education 2017-2018 by Schools.com.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The department also offers a variety of programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), including certificate programs and master's degree options. TESOL programs are designed to prepare public-school teachers to work with English-language learners. The programs are also well suited for educators who want to work at the college level or in community organizations or international schools. Additionally, the TESOL faculty develop English as a second language classes for parents and caregivers, offer professional development for school faculty and staff, and help create activities to improve home-school collaborations.
Dr. Robert MacMillan is program coordinator for a fellowship that gives K-12 teachers tools to bring lessons about India to their classrooms.
BSU students including Morgan Rowe, '17, G'18, presented at the annual Student Arts & Research Symposium.
Dr. Alexandra Dema coordinates new undergraduate certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).