Welcome to the School of Education & Social Sciences
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 University School of Education and Social Sciences welcomes you to begin that journey with us.
At the core of the School of Education and Social Sciences 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 University, students can earn a bachelor’s degree and complete requirements for a Virginia teaching license in four years from a nationally accredited program. Bluefield University’s Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare competent, caring, and qualified teachers who are reflective practitioners, is awarded TEAC accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of seven years, from 10/24/2016-12/31/2023. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes. This accreditation certifies that Bluefield University’s Teacher Education Program has provided evidence that its program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
Building on its 40-year history of successful program graduates, the School of Education at Bluefield University 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, individuals with an inactive teaching license wishing to earn credits for renewal, individuals teaching on a provisional license wishing to complete required courses, 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.