Master of Arts in Education (Online) Overview

In August 2013, The School of Education embarked on the exciting journey of launching the new 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. Our 30-hour program is all online 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 those with a teaching license who wish to increase their salary, gain professional development, renew their teaching license, and learn more about teaching and learning for student achievement. While currently not a licensure program, Bluefield's liberal arts graduate degree program also welcomes qualified individuals with teaching positions in other careers who desire a master’s degree to advance professional goals, and senior level undergraduate students who meet the required criteria to enroll in the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program which emphasizes research that enhances teaching/learning.

Consider being a part of this historic year in the Bluefield College School of Education. Applications are now being received for the Summer Term (May 5 through June 27, 2014) and Fall Term 2014. When you apply to the graduate program, please e-mail Dr. Donna Watson or Brenda Workman (Online Admissions Counselor) so your individualized plan of study can begin.

The summer courses offered are EDU 5113 30 Advanced Education Psychology taught by Dr. Danielle Anderson Lusk and EDU 5123 30 Education and Society taught by Dr. Terry Mullins.

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Course Work

Within the online format based on an “engage, apply, reflect” framework, the MAEd degree will require 30 education course hours (10 three-hour graduate level courses) over 5 academic semesters with two 16-week courses each semester and two 8-week courses during the summer session. The 30 hours are inclusive of a three-hour culminating action research project. The curriculum builds upon the foundation of competencies attained by the licensed teacher with a baccalaureate degree and expands their pedagogical knowledge, leadership skills, and reflective practice to increase student achievement in grades PreK-12. Additional emphasis will include exploration of requirements for National Board Certification. Embodying the college vision of preparing innovative learners and transformational leaders to impact the world, graduate students can expand their skills as teachers to transform their teaching practice and to demonstrate leadership in and beyond the classroom.

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Master of Arts in Education Internships

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 which 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.

Master of Arts in Education 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.

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 are or current teaching assignment.

Professional Organizations

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)

National Middle School Association (NMSA)

National Rural Education Association (NREA)

National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD)

Children’s Book Council (CBC)

International Reading Association (IRA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

International Society for Education through Art (InSEA)

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Technology, Reading, and Learning Difficulties (TRLD) Conference

Computer-Using Educators (CUE)

International Technology Education Association (ITEA)

Technology, Reading, and Learning Difficulties (TRLD) Conference

Contact Information

Donna Hardy Watson, Ph.D.

Donna Hardy Watson, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, School of Education






deelAllison Deel

Class of  2012

"Without the teacher education program, I wouldn't be where I am today. The program helped prepare me for my first job as a band director, giving me the tools for everything from lesson plans to community building activities. Dr. Watson and Mrs. Owens made it feel like a second home, whether it was offering an encouraging word, helping with a lesson plan, providing amazing food, or just lending a listening ear. There was never any doubt that they loved teaching and wanted other future teachers to love it just as much!"