Online Master of Arts in Education Degree

In August 2013, The School of Education embarked on the exciting journey of launching the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), which is the first graduate program to be offered at Bluefield College, a Christian liberal arts institution in Virginia.

Non-Licensure

Our 30-hour non-licensure MAEd program is all online, with the exception of a final presentation prior to graduation, and based on an Engage/Apply/Reflect philosophy. Not only do we provide the highest quality of online courses for teachers, but we also strengthen the research skills and leadership abilities of each candidate in the program.

The program is designed for individuals:
  • with a current teaching license who wish to earn a master’s degree in education for higher salary and increased opportunities.
  • with an inactive license to earn credits for renewal.
  • with a provisional license to complete required courses.
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With Virginia Licensure

Beginning in August 2015, the School of Education at Bluefield College offered the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree with Virginia teacher licensure. Our 36-hour program is all online with the exception of field experiences and student teaching. The Virginia State Department of Education approved the Bluefield College School of Education to offer teacher licensure with our MAEd degree program for the following endorsement areas:

  • Biology
  • Career & Technology Education: Business & Information Technology
  • History & Social Sciences
  • Music Education-Instrumental PreK-12
  • Music Education-Vocal/Choral PreK-12
  • Theater Arts PreK-12
  • Visual Arts PreK-12

Individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a major in, or strongly related to, one of the areas listed above may apply to the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) with teacher licensure program. Course work in the content area will be evaluated against Bluefield College’s state approved undergraduate program. Deficiencies in content requirements must be satisfied through additional course work at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Click the Academic Catalog image to view graduation course requirements for the licensure and non-licensure Online Master of Arts in Education degree program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MAEd program is limited to candidates capable of performing on the graduate level.

Requirements for Applicants without Teacher Licensure

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher on conferred degree.
    1. Official undergraduate transcript showing degree conferred and major completed must be provided.
    2. Official transcripts showing any completed graduate coursework must also be provided.
  3. A valid professional teaching license.
    1. A copy of the professional license must be provided – prospective students with a valid professional teaching license from the state of Virginia may choose to have their license verified via the Virginia Department of Education website instead of submitting a copy to Bluefield College.
    2. Prospective students who do not have a valid teaching license, but who have the credentials for teaching in their chosen career, may be considered if the graduate coursework is mutually determined to be beneficial to their performance in that career.
    3. Prospective students who wish to take courses in the program to renew their teaching license should provide a copy of their expired license.
  4. Test results from either the Praxis II Content Assessment, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or the Miller Analogies. A copy of the scores must be provided.*
  5. Two positive responses from either the Bluefield College web-based reference forms or two letters of recommendation, both from individuals who have observed the applicant in a classroom or professional setting or have knowledge of their work ethic, academic abilities, and teaching proficiency.
  6. Pre-Self-Assessment of Professional Temperament and Performance completed.
  7. A completed Master of Arts in Education Application for Admission.

Requirements for Applicants with Teacher Licensure

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a major in, or strongly related to, the following endorsement areas:
    1. Career & Technology Education: Business & Information Technology
    2. History & Social Sciences
    3. Music Education-Instrumental PreK-12
    4. Music Education-Vocal/Choral Prek-12
    5. Science-Biology
    6. Theatre Arts PreK-12
    7. Visual Arts PreK-12
  2. A grade point average of 3.00 or higher on conferred degree.
    1. Official undergraduate transcript showing degree conferred and major completed must be provided.
    2. Official transcripts showing any completed graduate coursework must also be provided.
  3. Two positive responses from either the Bluefield College web-based reference forms or two letters of recommendation, both from individuals who have observed the applicant in a classroom or professional setting or have knowledge of their work ethic, academic abilities, and teaching proficiency.
  4. Pre-Self-Assessment of Professional Temperament and Performance completed.
  5. A completed Master of Arts in Education Application for Admission.

Transfer Credits

Up to six hours of transfer credit, taken within the past five years, from a regionally accredited institution may be counted as credit toward the Master of Arts in Education. In order to receive transfer credit, the student must submit an official transcript, and if requested, a course syllabus and/or course description. All transfer credit is subject to approval by the Dean of the School of Education. The School of Education and Bluefield College reserve the right to evaluate all transfer credit in terms of its institutional standards. A minimum of a B (3.00) is required for all transfer work. For teacher licensure: teacher licensure candidates MUST take EDU 5556 Student Teaching Internship at Bluefield College.

Field Experiences

Non-Licensure Program

Practicing teachers will be working in their own classrooms as they take the online courses, providing a rich context for studying educational theory and for researching issues that impact them on a daily basis. In particular, the graduate students are required to complete an action research project based on an identified problem within their school or classroom.

Licensure Program

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree with Virginia teacher licensure program will be required to complete one hundred hours of field observation (EDU 5553 Field Experience) and a semester (16 weeks) of student teaching (EDU 5556 Student Teaching Internship) in a public school.

Background Check Requirements

Most school divisions require background checks be completed prior to anyone fulfilling field observation hours or student teaching placements. Candidates enrolled in the MAEd program must contact the school division where they wish to complete hours associated with course work and student teaching to determine what requirements are needed prior to beginning the field hours. If a negative result is revealed, then the teacher licensure candidate will be counseled about future career decisions.

Required Assessments
  1. Students must complete the following before enrolling in EDU 5553 Field Experience.
    1. Passing test results on the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators Test: Mathematics (5732) OR the PRAXIS I Mathematics assessment (if taken prior to January 1, 2014).
    2. Passing test results on the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)—Reading Subtest (091) and Writing Subtest (092)
  2. Students must complete the following before enrolling in EDU 5556 Student Teaching.
    1. Students must meet the minimum required score on the Praxis II Content Assessment required for Virginia licensure prior to being placed for student teaching.

Program Outcomes

The online learning environment, which will embrace emerging technologies, is an ideal vehicle for exploring teaching and learning within a global population. The course work emphasizes research related to action, using data for positive change, which demonstrates that the art and science of teaching is ever evolving to better meet the needs of diverse learners.

Career Opportunities

  • Curriculum developer
  • School administrator
  • Higher education faculty

Positions Held by Alumni

Bluefield College School of Education graduates currently hold positions as teachers, building administrators, and central office personnel throughout Virginia, the surrounding states and as far away as China. Bluefield College teacher education graduates have been recognized as outstanding teachers of the year and have received various awards, including Teacher of the Year Awards, Ashland Oil Teaching Awards, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, and Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Grant Awards. Bluefield College graduates have served in leadership positions, including Executive Secretary of the National Education Association, member of the Virginia State Board of Education, and as superintendents of school districts.

Clubs and Organizations

Graduate students will be encouraged to join one or more professional organizations, depending on their licensure endorsement or current teaching assignment.

Professional Organizations

  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Computer-Using Educators (CUE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Middle School Association (NMSA)

Student Handbook

Outline of policies, procedures, and guidelines for MAEd students.

Open Handbook


The MAEd program at Bluefield College prepared me to be a well-qualified, highly trained, knowledgeable leader in the field of teaching. My professors inspired me through personal interactions, challenging assignments, and practical implementations of the content.

Megan Hardison Calfee, Yorktown, VA, Class of 2015