Warm, caring and professional relationships form and last for a lifetime among graduates, faculty and staff in the School of Education at Bluefield College. From initial advising through varied course work, and onto the joys and challenges of student teaching, our faculty members are always ready to encourage and guide students to become reflective practitioners. If your passion is to positively impact children and adolescents as a public school teacher, then the Bluefield College School of Education welcomes you to begin that journey with us.

At the core of the School of Education is the belief that highly effective teachers must be reflective practitioners. Education students have countless opportunities for reflection, critical thinking and self-evaluation in their education coursework and field experiences. In addition, content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and caring teaching skills form the foundation of coursework, assignments, demonstrations, research and evaluations. Threaded throughout the entire program are the ideals of valuing diversity and embracing technology with the ultimate goal of achieving a professional collegiate teaching license.

At Bluefield College, students can earn a bachelor’s degree and complete requirements for a Virginia teaching license in four years from a nationally accredited program. Bluefield College’s Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare competent, caring and qualified teachers who are reflective practitioners, was granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from December 11, 2009 to December 11, 2016. This accreditation certifies that Bluefield College’s Teacher Education Program has provided evidence that their program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.

Building on its more than 30-year history of successful program graduates, the School of Education at Bluefield College developed the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree with a specialization in Teaching Excellence. The graduate program in education began in August 2013. Licensed teachers, 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 may enroll in the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program, which emphasizes research that enhances teaching/learning.

Degrees that include Virginia Teacher Licensure

Degrees that DO NOT include Teacher Licensure

Donna Hardy Watson, Ph.D.

Dr. Donna Watson
Professor and Dean, School of Education