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. 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 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.
  • wishing to obtain a license to teach in Virginia.

Bluefield College'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.

When you apply to the graduate program, please email Dr. Donna Watson, so your individualized plan of study can begin.


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Master of Arts in Education Licensure Areas

  • Career and Technical Education: Business Information Technology (Grades 6-12)
  • Music Education: Vocal/Choral (Grades PreK-12)
  • Visual Arts (Grades PreK-12)
  • Music Education: Instrumental (Grades PreK-12)
  • History and Social Science (Grades 6-12)

Master of Arts in Education Field Experiences

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.

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.

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)

Contact Information

Donna Hardy Watson, Ph.D.

Dr. Donna Watson
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!"