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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 
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Elementary Education, Dual Licensure Concentration, BSE

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Leading to MEd, Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)

Departments: Elementary and Early Childhood Education  
                          Special Education and Communication Disorders 

The dual license program is a joint program between the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education and the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. The program leads to both a BSE in Elementary Education with initial license in elementary education and an MEd in Special Education for initial license as a teacher of students with moderate disabilities (PreK-8). The purpose of the program is to develop general education teachers and special education teachers who have an in-depth understanding of both special education and the elementary school classroom. Students interested in this program should also review the rules for the Elementary Education, BSE , as those rules also apply to this program.

Early Acceptance to the MEd Program

Students enrolled in the Elementary Education, Dual Licensure Concentration, may apply to the College of Graduate Studies for early acceptance into the MEd program, and no application fee will be required. Application for early acceptance requires that the student:

  • be a Bridgewater State University senior, enrolled in the Elementary Education, Dual Licensure concentration;
  • be enrolled in the elementary education “block”; and
  • file an application for admission to the Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) (Initial Licensure) for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers, MEd program for the semester immediately following their anticipated BSE completion date.

Although students may be accepted into the graduate program during their senior year, they will be classified as undergraduate students until all requirements of the Bachelor’s degree have been fulfilled and the Bachelor’s degree has been awarded. Under the early acceptance program, student will be admitted and classified as graduate students in the semester immediately following conferral of the Bachelor’s degree. Students accepted under the early acceptance program must begin taking graduate courses the semester immediately after receipt of their Bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

Students must complete a liberal arts or science major, in addition to the Elementary Education program requirements listed below.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective July, 1, 2014, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of Massachusetts required that all students complete a sheltered English immersion course. Therefore, the requirements for this program have changed in that all students (regardless of their catalog year) are required to complete ELED 242.

Grade Requirement

A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required for acceptance into the professional education program, and it must be maintained throughout the program.

Foundation courses (9 credits)

The following courses must be completed prior to admission to professional education and enrollment in professional education courses.


Some of the required courses listed above also fulfill certain Core Curriculum Requirements .

*Students with a double major in English and Elementary Education are not required to complete ENGL 254; this requirement will be met with the completion of ENGL 494 , ENGL 495 , ENGL 496 , ENGL 497  within the English major.

**Students with a double major in Mathematics and Elementary Education must take Math 112. MATH 325  will meet the requirement of MATH 113, and MATH 403  will meet the requirement of MATH 114.

Required fieldwork (12 credits)

Total minimum undergraduate credits: 63.5

Core Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours is required for graduation. These earned hours include the Core Curriculum Requirements as specified in the Undergraduate Academic Programs  section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

Graduate Program Requirements

Once students have completed all requirements of the BSE program and the Bachelor’s degree has been awarded, they will follow the program requirements for the MEd program. However, students completing the dual license program will not be required to complete SPED 508 - Strategies for Diversity: Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Course  because that requirement will have been met with ELED 242, completed as an undergraduate.

All requirements for the MEd program are outlined through the following link:

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