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Special Education Graduate Programs

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Special education is an important component of the educational landscape, and the demand for compassionate, committed, and qualified teachers has never been greater. Special education takes various forms depending on the nature and severity of the disability – cognitive, emotional, behavioral, physical – and the grade level. Bridgewater offers a remarkable breadth of M.Ed. programs, most leading to licensure for both moderate and severe disabilities, and in grade ranges PreK-8 and 5-12. Taught by experienced faculty, these programs are ideal for working teachers and paraprofessionals who wish to work in the special education field.

**Due to COVID-19, we are currently waiving the MTEL requirement for this program

Graduate Chair:

Dr. Edward Carter
Associate Professor & Chairperson for Graduate Studies
Bridgewater State University
508-531-2507

Fast Facts

  • We are consistently ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. in special education programs by Teacher.org.
  • Rolling admission allows you to start the program when it is most convenient for you.
  • You can get your license even before graduating from the program.
  • You do not need to have an undergraduate degree in education.
  • Bridgewater is the largest preparer of special education teachers in Massachusetts.

Curriculum

Curriculum varies by program, both in the type and number of required courses and in the choice of electives. Fieldwork, however, is an essential component of all MEd programs. You can do your fieldwork in professional development schools that Bridgewater has letters of agreement with, your current work site, or other school districts in the area. We have working relationships with approximately 120 districts in the southeast quadrant.

* Please check with each individual program as curriculum and admissions requirements vary.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment. 

Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.

**Due to COVID-19, we are currently waiving the MTEL requirement for this program

Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) (Initial Licensure), MEd

Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Grades 5-12) (Initial Licensure), MEd

Special Education Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) (Initial Licensure) for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers, MEd

Special Education, Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities (All Levels) (Initial Licensure), MEd

Special Education (Non-Licensure), MEd

Autism Endorsement Graduate Certificate

Admissions Requirements:

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Existing initial or professional license in one of the below areas and a minimum of 3 credits in special education. Qualifications for endorsement by the DESE requires a pre-existing license from which the autism endorsement may be added.
    • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
    • Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities
    • Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
    • Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Massachusetts Education Personal ID (MEPID)

Application Deadlines:

Applications should be complete six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll.

Transition Specialist Endorsement Graduate Certificate

Admissions Requirements:

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Existing initial or professional license in one of the below areas.  Qualifications for endorsement by the DESE requires a pre-existing license from which the transition specialist endorsement may be added.
    • Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities
    • Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities
    • Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
    • Teacher of the Visually Impaired
    • School Guidance Counselor
    • School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor. 

Massachusetts Education Personal ID (MEPID)

Application Deadlines:

Applications should be complete six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll.

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