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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. Bluefield College School of Education graduates also serve on the College’s Board of Trustees.
Many graduates from the Bluefield College School of Education are enrolled in or have successfully completed master’s degrees from various institutions, including Bluefield College, Virginia Tech, Radford University, University of Virginia, East Tennessee State University, Averett University, James Madison University, University of Alabama, and Concord University. Beyond that level, other students have achieved a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech. They have received master’s degrees in the areas of reading, guidance counseling, library science, educational psychology, curriculum and instruction, and leadership, as well as content areas.
Education performance data can include a variety of different sources. These are just some of the ways that we evaluate the success of our alumni.
The School of Education asks principals, who employ our graduates, to complete an evaluation of the graduate upon completion of their first year in the classroom. This evaluation consists of rating the graduates on a scale from 1- (Unsatisfactory) to 5- (Excellent) in the following areas:
The most recent, three-year span of data (2013-2016) resulted in an overall 4.29 satisfaction rating on our graduates in the areas listed blow (60% response rate). 2016-2017 data will not be collected until the summer of 2018.
The School of Education asks program completers (employed as teachers) to complete surveys on our program one year after graduation. This survey consists of rating their preparation in specific behaviors on a scale from 1-(Unsatisfactory) to 5-(Excellent) in the following areas:
The most recent, three-year span of data (2013-2016) resulted in an overall 4.53 satisfaction rating on preparation in the areas listed blow (25% response rate). 2016-2017 data will not be collected until the summer of 2018.
All students who enter the program and complete student teaching graduate and are eligible for licensure. Occasionally students enter the program and realize that teaching is not the right career for them.
*Title II Summary Reports are not available for years with fewer than 10 program completers.
Students at Bluefield College must complete the following state requirements prior to beginning student teaching:
Most graduates who have not yet accepted a teaching position are currently enrolled in graduate programs, working as substitutes, or currently employed as coaches.
Bluefield College’s average college-wide three-year student loan default rate is 9.5%. This is for students who graduated between 2013 and 2015, which is the most recent period available.