Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders
Special education teachers work with students who have learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities, including speech and hearing disorders. In some cases, they ensure that lessons and strategies are modified to accommodate the student. In other cases, they help students with basic literacy and math skills, communication skills and independent living skills.
Our department offers programs designed to meet the interests of undergraduate and graduate students interested in working with individuals who have special needs.
BA, College of the Holy Cross
MA, Assumption College
EdM, PhD, Harvard University
BA, Assiut University
MS, Worcester State College
MA, PhD, Cairo University
BA, MEd, PhD, Boston College
Jon L. Cash received his doctorate from Mississippi State University and joins the Bridgewater State University Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. He will teach our graduate students in Applied Curriculum Development for Learners with Special Needs: PreK-8 (SPED 504), Curriculum Development for Learners with Severe Disabilities II (SPED 525) and Seminar in Special Education (SPED 550), as well as provide supervision to our student teachers. His research and scholarship areas focus on self-efficacy beliefs and the effectiveness of professional development, self-efficacy beliefs and the processing speed of children with disabilities, and autism. His favorite activities include reading, writing, watching Southeastern Conference sports and cooking.
BS, PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
MEd, Northeastern University
BA, Hiram College
MEd, PhD, Kent State University
BA, Stonehill College
MEd, Bridgewater State College
DEd, Boston University
BFA, Fordham University
MS, College of Saint Rose
PhD, University of Albany
Susan H. Gray earned her doctorate in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center in New York City. She is a certified teacher, reading specialist and speech-pathologist. She will teach Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD 220), Language Development in Young Children (COMD 250), Understanding Language and Linguistics within the Clinical Process (COMD 391) and Clinical Procedures: An Overview (COMD 480). Her research won the 2013 Jeanne S. Chall Fellowship from the International Literacy Association. She found that adult struggling readers, taught academic vocabulary within a civics curriculum, made greater word reading gains after analyzing words' Latin-Greek, morpheme and syllable structures than after studying whole words within multiple sentence contexts.
She enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and singing.
BS, University of Rhode Island
MEd, Bridgewater State College
DEd, Boston College
BS, MEd, Frostburg State College
MA, West Virginia University
EdD, University of Alabama
BA, Bridgewater State College
MS, PhD, Emerson College
The department’s programs include a BSE degree in Special Education (Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities or Communication Disorders), a five-year dual licensure program (BSE in Elementary Education/M.Ed in Special Education), a minor in special education and communication disorders, and a minor in communication disorders. We also offer special education licensure programs and M.Ed programs in Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology.
We encourage our students to be both ambitious and highly dedicated, because the demand for their skills is substantial. Our graduates pursue successful careers as special education teachers in public and private schools, speech pathologists, audiologists, speech and hearing therapists, counselors, consultants and school administrators.
For more information on programs see our Catalog.
Special Education and Communication Disorders Bridgewater State University Hart Hall, Room 220 90 Burrill Avenue Bridgewater, MA 02325 Tel: 508.531.1226 Fax: 508.531.1771