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School of Education & Social Sciences

Warm, caring, and professional relationships form and last for a lifetime among graduates, faculty, and staff in the School of Education and Social Sciences at Bluefield University.

Welcome to the School of Education & Social Sciences

Welcome to a world where your passion for education and making a difference meets excellence at Bluefield University’s School of Education and Social Sciences. Here, we’re not just about teaching; we’re about inspiring future educators to excel and shine.

Our faculty, more than just teachers, are mentors who guide you through every stage of your journey. From your first day, through engaging coursework, to the excitement of student teaching, they’re there to support and encourage you to excel.

At the heart of our program is the belief that the best educators are reflective practitioners, always learning and growing. Our curriculum blends theory with practical skills, focusing on content knowledge, innovative teaching methods, and nurturing a caring approach in the classroom. We also emphasize the importance of embracing diversity and technology, key elements in modern education.

We take pride in the fact that our Teacher Education Program is nationally accredited, a recognition that assures you of our commitment to educational standards and quality. This accreditation reflects our dedication to providing an education that meets and exceeds national benchmarks.

Bluefield University has a rich history of over 40 years of developing highly qualified and successful educators. Our graduates embody our commitment to excellence in teaching.

As for your future, our graduate programs, including the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), build on this legacy. These programs are designed to empower and inspire you, making you part of a community that’s at the forefront of shaping the future of education.

Ready to begin your journey with us? At Bluefield University, where knowledge, care, and innovation are valued, your path to becoming an impactful educator starts. We’re excited to welcome you to our family, where you’ll be part of a tradition of excellence in education.

Undergraduate Programs:

Teacher Licensure Undergraduate Programs:

Graduate Programs:


  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


  • Substance Abuse Counseling
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Teacher Licensure, MAEd and MAEL Programs

Dr. Shellie Brown

Associate Professor of Education / Dean, School of Education & Social Sciences / Director of Teacher Education

[email protected] • 276.326.4475

Counseling Programs

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education / Co-Director of Counseling

[email protected] • 276.326.4307

Psychology & Human Services Programs

Dr. Keith Goforth

Professor of Psychology & Human Services / Department Chair, Psychology & Human Services

[email protected] • 865.803.5427

Early Childhood Education Programs

Leslie Floyd

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education / Department Chair, Early Childhood Education

[email protected] • 540.397.5942

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