Accelerated Postbaccalaureate Program

Graduate Admissions
Bridgewater State University
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Bridgewater, MA 02325

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The Accelerated Postbaccalaureate (APB) program is a rigorous, accelerated graduate level program of study (15 credits) that leads to initial teacher licensure. Recognizing the unique strengths of nontraditional licensure candidates, the APB program is designed for individuals who are committed to becoming outstanding teachers. It is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and are seeking initial licensure.

Please note: Undergraduate alumni from Bridgewater State University who have completed the Secondary Education courses at Bridgewater and only need to complete the practicum should do so as a non-degree student.  

Program Highlights

If you are thinking of pursuing a rewarding career as a teacher, a Postbaccalaureate Licensure Program can provide the knowledge and skills you need.  Designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences, these programs offer a convenient, time-efficient way to become licensed to teach in the state of Massachusetts.  Prepare yourself to become a highly qualified teacher, and bring your unique experience to the classroom – with a degree from Bridgewater State University. 

Postbaccalaureate licensure programs offer:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive teaching experience and ongoing participation in educational research, scholarly publication and professional organizations
  • Compliance with recommendations of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and the Advisory Group to the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Prepractica and practica opportunities, enabling close collaboration with students from other programs within the College of Education and Allied Studies
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Courses are offered in the evening and taught in two formats: in-person or a hybrid of in-person an online
  • Benefits of a state institution that has been training teachers for more than 170 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

 Students who return to Bridgewater to complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) to advance to their professional stage licensure may apply one course from the APB program toward the core requirements (EDMC 538) of the MAT program. 

Graduate Program Coordinator: Professor Melissa Winchell

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application and $50 application fee
  • Resume
  • 3 Letters  of Recommendation
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Minimum GPA - Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8*
  • MTEL Scores - Passing MTEL scores from the Communication and Literacy Skills test, both Reading and Writing subtests
  • Subject MTEL Scores - Passing MTEL scores from subject matter test (click for details)
  • Personal Statement - Statement of desire to be a teacher, including descriptions of appropriate life experiences and experience with youth at the licensure level

* Candidates with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for a Low GPA Remedy.

As part of the admission process each candidate’s transcripts will be reviewed by the APB program coordinator in collaboration with the appropriate departmental graduate coordinator for relevant content area coursework. A list of required topics has been determined by the specialized professional associations. The result of this review may require courses to be taken in the content area in addition to the 15 core APB education credits. 

Application materials should be submitted online or mailed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Application Deadlines

Fall and Spring Semester: Rolling deadline
*There is no summer start. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Core Courses (3 credits each)
EDHM 571 - Teaching and Learning in Middle and High Schools 
EDHM 572 - Planning and Assessment in Middle and High Schools 
EDLE 579 - Education of Diverse Populations - Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) or if already SEI Endorsed, EDHM 573 - Issues/Foundations in Middle and High School

Student Teaching or Employment Based Practicum - 6 Credits

*Alternative Curriculum
As an alternative to the APB program, the Department of Secondary Education and Professional Programs will allow accepted students to follow the undergraduate course sequence. Contact the program coordinator for additional information.

The deadline to apply for the Spring practicum is the end of September and the end of February for the Fall practicum. The online application is available in August/September and January/February on the CEAS intranet homepage

Total Minimum Credits: 15

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page.

The APB program is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at




How long does it take to complete the program?
Anywhere between 12-15 months, depending on when you take classes and how many you take a semester.

When are classes offered?
Classes are offered in the evenings, beginning at 4:45 pm

How are the courses delivered?
APB courses are taught in two formats: face-to-face or hybrid (a mix of face-to-face and online) None of the courses are offered completely online.

When is the application deadline?
The preferred deadline is April 1 for Fall and October 1 for Spring. There is no summer start. Applications will be accepted and reviewed after the preferred deadlines, although there is no guarantee that space will be available to start in that semester.

How do I apply for admission?
The online application and other admission information is available at

How much does the program cost?
Current program cost is available at the following link

What courses do I have to take?
APB students are required to take three courses and the student teaching practicum. The courses include EDHM 571 Teaching and Learning, EDHM 572 Planning and Assessment, EDLE 579 The Education of Diverse Populations- Sheltered English Immersion or EDHM 573 Issues and Foundations in Middle and High Schools (for students who have taken the RETELL course)

Do I have to take the courses in a particular order?
EDHM 571 must be taken before all courses or can be taken concurrently with the other courses. You cannot take any courses when you student teach.

I already have a job. How does student teaching work for me?
You can complete EDHM 556 Internship Practicum. This is an employment-based practicum and can be completed at your current place of employment.

How many credits is the program?
Each course is worth 3 credits and the practicum is worth 6 credits for a total of 15 credits.

My GPA is lower than 2.8. Is there still a way for me to get into the program?
Candidates with an undergraduate GPA below 2.8 should contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for a Low GPA Remedy.

Does the program support graduate assistantships?
Currently we do not have assistantships.

Will I have to take courses in my licensure field?
Depending on your undergraduate degree and what courses you have taken will determine whether you need to complete courses in your licensure field.

I just received a conditional acceptance and need to take courses in my content area. Do I have to take these courses at BSU?
No. You can take courses at an accredited 2 or 4-year institution. If you are concerned about the course, contact the APB coordinator with questions.

When do I need to apply to do the teaching practicum?
The deadline to apply for the Spring practicum is the end of September and the end of February for the Fall practicum. The online application is available in August/September and January/February on the CEAS intranet homepage. Click on the Practicum Application Deadline on the left to apply.


Do I have to do observation hours for these courses?
You are required to do observation hours in EDHM 571 and EDLE 579. Please discuss specifics with your course instructor.

Do I need to complete all courses before participating in my practicum?
Yes, because we want all of our students to be fully prepared before entering a classroom.