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Bridgewater State University is proud to partner with MassCUE to offer flexible, cost-effective professional development opportunities for educators.  If you have been thinking about pursuing graduate studies to advance your career, MassCUE and BSU have exciting new ways to get started.


What is MassCUE?

Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 professional organization for educators with a passion for digital teaching and learning. Having served educators in Massachusetts for over four decades, MassCUE provides rich professional development, networking and learning opportunities for all educators - ranging from classroom teachers, school-based administrators, technology and digital learning directors and superintendents.


MassCUE is stepping up to the plate with a new format and new dates for our Spring Conference.

Please join us at Polar Park in Worcester on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 for presentations, workshops and hands-on sessions centered around the theme:

Leveling the Playing Field

The MassCUE Spring Conference will be an opportunity for educators to connect with colleagues and learn about the ideas and digital learning tools that are changing the game in education.

Learn more at MassCUE Spring Conference 2024


Steps to register for Graduate Credit while attending the Spring 2024 MassCUE conference

Reframing Our Instruction: Leveling the Playing Field with Digital Learning

Course Number (CRN): 51113 (need this # for step #8 below)

Professor: Jen Thomas (Professional Learning & Program Coordinator for MassCUE)

Credit and Cost: 1 Graduate Credit for $100


Step #1: Complete the Graduate Non-Degree Application

Students starting non-degree course(s) for the Summer 2024 term, should click here for the Graduate Non-Degree application (

If you’ve never entered our application portal, you’ll want to click on “Students without an Account” and click “Start a Non-Degree Application”.

Please contact Graduate Admissions ( with questions regarding the Graduate Non-Degree Application.

Step #2: Retrieve Your BEAR ID

Your BEAR ID is the 8-digit number emailed to you once your Graduate Non-Degree application has been processed by Graduate Admissions. You will need this to access many of the items below, so be sure to have it handy. If you have lost your acceptance letter or cannot remember it, the Office of Graduate Admissions can help. Write to from the email address used to complete your Graduate Application for any help or questions during this step. 

Step #3: Access and Use Your BSU Email account

Start to use your BSU email today! It was sent from BSU Accounts ( to the personal email address provided in your application.
To access your email, use the link provided in the communication sent from IT. You can also access your email on the student portal by clicking on email from the left navigation bar.

IMPORTANT: Login to your BSU email with the default password. You will be prompted to set up MFA (Multi Factor Authentication) before resetting your password. View how to configure MFA.

All information is sent to your BSU email. Don’t miss important information: Be sure to check daily!

If you have not received your BSU email account information from BSU Accounts:
First, check your junk or spam folder.  Contact IT support at 508.531.2555 or and provide them with the following information.

  • Bear ID (formerly Banner ID)
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Date of Birth

Step# 4: Navigate to the Student Portal and Register for your course

Students register for courses by navigating to the Student Portal, signing in using your BSU credentials, and going to the “Student” section of Infobear.

  1. Proceed to the BSU Student Portal by navigating to and clicking on “Infobear” on the left side navigation menu.
  2. Once you’re able to login using your BSU credentials, click the “Student” tab along the top of the page to begin to register for your course.
  3. You should see a page that has your specific “Student Profile”.
  4. On the left-hand side, please click on the navigation for “Registration and Planning – New
  5. Next, you’ll be prompted to complete the “Student Financial Responsibility Agreement (SFRA)”.
  6. Once you’ve acknowledged the “Student Financial Responsibility Agreement (SFRA)”, you will click on the link at the bottom titled “Registration Planning – New
  7. On the next page, you’ll click “Register for Classes” on the bottom right hand side of the page.
  8. To add a course section, click the “Enter CRNs” tab then enter the 5-digit CRN 51113 and click “Add to Summary”. To finalize your registration, click “Submit” in the bottom right corner of the “Summary” section. The class “Status” will change from “Pending” to “Registered” once you have successfully added the course.

 *You may view a step-by-step video which will walk you through adding/registering for a class at BSU.

Additional registration related resources including PDF instructions may also be found on the Registrar’s Office page*

Paying your bill

Once you have successfully registered for your course, you should now pay your bill.

1. From being logged in to the portal, click "Student" from the tab across the top, then "Student Accounts" and then "eBill" on the right-hand side

2. Click "Make Payment" again from the tabs on the top of the page and follow the prompts.

Getting your transcript 

Bridgewater State University offers the convenience of E-Transcripts which can be requested 24/7 and be sent, electronically, anywhere in the world typically within an hour.

Once you receive confirmation that grades are available and transcripts can be requested, go to the Transcript Request Page to begin the process.

Admissions Requirements:
  •  Possession of a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education active teacher license (Initial or Professional) 
  • Two appropriate letters of recommendation. 
  • Resume 
  • A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work

Please note that admission decisions to the postbaccalaureate programs are made on a rolling basis when applications are submitted within a reasonable time frame prior to the start of the academic semester.

Courses and Descriptions:
INST 509: Foundations of Instruction Technology
The history, current practices, and future directions of the instructional technology field provide a framework for student-creation of teaching and learning tools. Evaluation, collaboration and digital tools become vehicles for learning as participants probe the role of educational technology within the PreK-12 teaching and learning environment or professional setting for adult learners.

INST 522: Instructional Design 
Using a systematic approach, students will design, develop, evaluate, and revise instruction to meet defined course outcomes. Contemporary theories and evidence-based best practices for learning become the framework and catalyst for the design process. Participants will develop proficiencies of both Ed Tech Tools and equitable learning settings.

INST 523: Online Teaching and Learning Environments
This course provides continued development of online teaching and learning environments. Practice using Learning Management Systems (LMS), online interactive environments and applications related to teaching and learning online using Universal Design principles in support of learning for all will be the focus of this course. Ethical and legal issues related to responsible use of social media, emerging technology, and a wide variety of curriculum connections will be explored and applied as well. 

INST 524: Leading as an Instructional Technology Specialist 
Procedures for the establishment or continued development of an instructional technology program for the PreK-12 environment and the professional setting for adult learners is the focus of this course. Candidates will explore the roles and responsibilities of the technology specialist leadership role. The history, current practices and future directions of the instructional technology field provide a framework for student-creation of teaching and learning digital tools. Collaboration becomes the vehicle for learning as students probe the role of technology within the PreK-12 environment and the professional setting for adult learners.

INST 525: Emerging Technologies and Learning Environments
Students will explore new and emerging technologies and construct a philosophical framework for how these technologies could enhance teaching and learning within the PreK-12 environment and the professional setting for adult learners. Planning, diffusion of innovation and the educational change process will be discussed. Technologies to be studied will include those related to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) mixed reality (MR) robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and newly identified emerging tech devices, tools, software, apps, etc.

INST 529: Assistive Technology 
This course is designed to help students understand the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) and the skills needed to assist teachers, administrators, and parents in the selection, evaluation, and use of adaptive/assistive technologies (AT).  Assistive technology, accessibility features, and UDL tools support all learners to achieve educational goals. Students will learn about the continuum of AT devices from low-tech to high-tech, universal design for learning, curriculum adaptation, integration strategies, assessment, and evaluation protocols

INST 530: Coding and Robotics Across the Curriculum
This course will provide an introduction to coding as it relates to programming, robotics, and STEAM learning environments. Through exploration and practice with code/programming languages, participants will develop lessons that support the learning of K-12 core content while improving computational thinking skills for everyone. We’ll evaluate block based coding, and simple bots before moving on to build makerspace learning environments and connections to their place within the curriculum. Prepare to create animations, stories, and have fun as you collaborate with colleagues designing and solving open-ended tasks together.

INST 596: The Instructional Technology Specialist Practicum Experience
During the practicum experience, the student takes on the role of an Instructional Technology Specialist in a PreK-12 school setting with appropriate school and college supervision. The clinical experience is a full semester consisting of at least 150 clock hours (3 credits) for those who hold an Initial or Professional License with at least a year of teaching experience.

For more information on BSU's partnership with MassCUE, please contact Darren Macdonald, Director of Communications & Outreach at Bridgewater State University, or Jen Thomas, Professional Learning & Program Coordinator at MassCUE. 
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