Alumni recognition and performance data

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.

Graduate Schools Attended

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.

Impact on P-12 Learning and Development, Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness, and Satisfaction of Employers

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: 

 
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
Content Knowledge
4.19
4.55
4.53
Pedagogical Knowledge
3.88
4.29
4.34
Caring Teaching Skills
4.16
4.33
4.37
Diversity
4.22
4.50
4.35
Technology
4.22
4.20
4.42
Leadership (added summer 2017)
NA
NA
4.28
Overall
4.15
4.35
4.39

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.

Satisfaction of Completers

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: 

 
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
Professional Skills
4.66
4.83
4.66
Content Knowledge
4.00
4.75
4.43
Overall Professional Demeanor
4.50
5.00
4.96
Caring Teaching Skills
4.12
4.87
4.47
Pedagogical Knowledge
4.00
4.87
4.45
Implementing an Effective Lesson
4.00
5.00
4.75
Reflection
4.00
4.50
4.50
Diversity
4.00
5.00
4.50
Technology
4.00
5.00
4.75
Overall
4.14
4.86
4.60

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.

 Graduation Rates 

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.

 Ability of Completers to meet licensing (certification) requirements for the state of Virginia

BC SCHOOL OF EDUCATION COMPLETERS OF INITIAL PREPARATION PROGRAMS
2009-2010
5
2010-2011
15
2011-2012
19
2012-2013
8
2013-2014
17
2014-2015
6
2015-2016
18
2016-2017
13

 

BC SCHOOL OF EDUCATION PASS RATES-TITLE II SUMMARY REPORTS
2009-2010
*
2010-2011
100%
2011-2012
100%
2012-2013
*
2013-2014
100%
2014-2015
*
2015-2016
100%
2016-2017
100%

*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:

  • Pass all required licensure assessments: Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA), Praxis II Content Knowledge, Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE--Prek-6 and Special Education only)
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition and Intervention Training
  • Certification or training in emergency first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillators.
  • Dyslexia Awareness Training
  • Technology Standards
  • Industry certification credential (Endorsement in an area of Career and Technical Education only)

 Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they have prepared

 

BC SCHOOL OF EDUCATION JOB PLACEMENTS RATES
2009-2010
80%
2010-2011
87%
2011-2012
89%
2012-2013
75%
2013-2014
88%
2014-2015
100%
2015-2016
83%
2016-2017
76%

Most graduates who have not yet accepted a teaching position are currently enrolled in graduate programs, working as substitutes, or currently employed as coaches.

 Student loan default rates

 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.