Chair of Education Programs and Director of Teacher Licensure, Dr. Ellen Rustico is a licensed educator who brings public school teaching experience in both special education and elementary education to her position at Bay Path University. Dr. Rustico teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2018, she was awarded the Estelle Leavitt Award for Teaching Excellence, recognized for her work with student engagement, teaching effectiveness and passion as well as her community presence. Dr. Rustico has presented nationally on a Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) model that is unique to Bay Path University, increasing MTEL pass rates for teacher candidates. Dr. Rustico has also been selected as a program reviewer for other educator preparation programs in the state of Massachusetts.