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Beyond the Classroom


Every year, more than 400 Bridgewater students take part in internships, giving them the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice and gain invaluable work experience early in their careers. Special education students work alongside experienced special needs professionals to develop essential skills that will prove invaluable after graduation. These pre-service experiences are a critical component of all special education courses leading to licensure as special education teachers.

Learn more about Bridgewater’s internship program.

Student Teaching

In preparation for licensure, special education students complete a minimum of 300 hours of teaching in at least two different educational environments. Students work directly with children with disabilities under the supervision of an experienced and licensed educator, who provides valuable feedback on their progress.

Student Education Association of Massachusetts

One of ten active chapters in the state, BSU SEAM provides future teachers with opportunities for professional development, community outreach and political action and advocacy, as well as a forum for professional networking before graduation.