In response to a growing need for knowledge and expertise, a new institution has been born: the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education. Licensed to operate in the State of California, this graduate school embraces the philosophy of celebrating human cognitive diversity and the belief that education should be strength-based and talent-focused.
We offer two degree programs in cognitive diversity and one certificate program in twice-exceptional education. These programs, described below, all have a hybrid option and a fully online option. For the hybrid programs, the majority of coursework is completed online, with required in person attendance to at least one summer residency on the Bridges Graduate School campus in Los Angeles. For the online program options, all coursework is completed online. Online program students must attend summer residencies virtually and synchronously.
Mission of the Bridges Graduate School: “Celebrating the transformative power of strengths, interests, and talents”
The mission of the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education is to advance the quality and equity of education for all. To achieve these ends, we cultivate knowledge of diverse world views and perspectives, as well as the skills, insights, and imagination required of scholars who will assume leadership roles as instructional leaders, researchers, administrators, and policymakers. Furthermore, Bridges Graduate School is committed to providing intellectually engaging content and instruction through online, distance learning experiences where students feel connected, stimulated, and well-served.
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Programs Offered at the
Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education
Doctor of Education in Cognitive Diversity in Education (Ed.D.)
- 60-credit program with a hybrid option or fully online option
- Designed to be completed in four years
- Includes three summer residencies (can attend in person at our Studio City campus or virtually & synchronously), a clinical practicum, internship, comprehensive
exams, and a Problem of Practice dissertation
- Areas of concentration:
- Twice exceptionality and cognitive
- Strength-based, talent focused
- Leadership for innovation
- Twice exceptionality and cognitive
- Professionals who already have a master’s degree in fields such as education, counseling, or psychology and who are seeking an active role in the cognitive and neurodiversity movements
- Those who want to advance their understanding of cognitive diversity and twice-exceptional learners, and take an active role in promoting educational opportunities away from remediation to a more strength-based, talent-focused approach
- Administrators, special education directors, coordinators of programs for gifted and talented, educational therapists, counselors, classroom teachers, counselors, psychologists, and service providers
Master’s in Education in Cognitive Diversity in Education (M.Ed.)
- 30-credit, two-year program with a hybrid option or fully online option
- Designed to be completed mostly online, with two mandated two-week summer residencies required (can attend in person at our Studio City campus or virtually & synchronously)
- Includes a practicum experience, completion of a capstone project (action research), and participation in a master seminar where the action research project is shared and discussed with faculty and student cohort
- Educators or others with a background or interest in cognitively diverse learners and who are interested in exploring issues related to meeting their needs
- Educators who want to be instructional leaders
within their districts, able to do the following:
- Assist with decisions related to the development of personalized plans for cognitively diverse students with high abilities
- Lead teams in identifying instructional strategies that address the paradoxical needs of high-ability, cognitively diverse students.
- Apply strength-based, talent-focused curricular systems and strategies in classrooms and schools and use action research methodology to measure
effectiveness of strategies
Certificate in Twice-Exceptional Education
- 15-credit program with a hybrid option or fully online option
- Designed to be completed in one year
- 12 credits taken online
- A two-week residency program during which courses are either taken in person at the Bridges Graduate School campus or virtually & synchronously
- A practicum
- Individuals with a background in an education-related field who wish to augment/ enhance their understanding of students with gifts in specific areas and simultaneous cognitive, behavioral, or social challenges
- Those who seek knowledge of and skills to do the following:
- Advocate for twice-exceptional students
- Modify instruction to meet their needs
- Be on a team of professionals who desire to personalize approaches to meet the unique needs of these students
“Celebrating the transformative power of strengths, interests, and talents.”
- Advancing the quality and equity of education.
- Supporting extraordinary diversity in human learning.
- Cultivating knowledge and diverse world views.
- Assuming leadership roles.