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Education Minors & Majors

There are many different scholarships and grants available to Education Majors and Minors through Bridgewater State University, as well as through the Federal Government and the State of Massachusetts.

The TEACH Grant

Please note: Post-Baccalaureate students are not eligible for the TEACH Grant at Bridgewater State University.

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is awarded to a student who is completing, or who intends to complete, coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching, and who agrees to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need subject area at a low-income school area (please refer to the TEACH Fact Sheet for more information). If the student does not complete the required four years of teaching within eight years after completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received, or otherwise does not meet the eligibility requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, the full amount of the TEACH Grant that the student received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that the student must repay to the U.S. Department of Education with interest accrued from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

The majors that qualify at BSU are typically Special Education, Math, English, most Sciences, and some Foreign Language majors.

Teach Grant Information Sheet

For more information, or to apply for the TEACH grant, visit the TEACH grant website here

For more information on the scholarships and programs offered by the State of Massachusetts, click on the link provided after each program below or visit the state's Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program

To be eligible for a Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant, a student must:

  • Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
  • Enroll in an undergraduate degree program (full-time or part-time) leading to teacher certification in a Massachusetts Public College.
  • Be employed, for a minimum of two years, as a paraprofessional in a Massachusetts public school.
  • If employed less than two years as a paraprofessional, a student may qualify for the grant only if the undergraduate course of study will lead to teacher certification in high need disciplines: Math, Science, Special Education, Foreign Languages, or Bilingual Education.
  • Has not earned a bachelor's degree.

If you think you may qualify, or for more information, visit the Mass Office of Student Financial Assistance here.

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program

To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must:

•    Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts.
•    Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
•    Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
•    Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology).
•    Employed as an early childhood educator or is a licensed family child care provider in Massachusetts for at least one year, and continues employment while enrolled in the required degree program.
•    Has not previously earned a bachelor's degree.
•    Signs an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined.
 

If you think you may qualify, or for more information, visit the Mass Office of Student Financial Assistance here.

Math and Science Teachers Scholarship Program

To be eligible for the Math and Science Teachers Scholarship Program, a student must:

•    Be a permanent legal resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
•    Be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.
•    Be employed, full or part-time, as an educator in a Massachusetts public school or school that provide publicly-funded special education and;
•    Is currently teaching Mathematics or Science (including Technology/Engineering) under a waiver from certificate regulations (educator license); or
•    Currently teaching outside the certificate area (out-of-field teacher).
•    Enrolled in a higher education course in a degree granting program for math and science teachers.
•    Pursuing a degree or program of study in order to satisfy requirements for teacher certification by the Massachusetts Department of Education for mathematics or science.
•    Sign an agreement to continue teaching Mathematics or Science in a public school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a term of service, as specified, or repay all scholarship funds.
•    Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant.
•    Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.gov.