Alumni Recognition & Performance Data

Bluefield College School of Education and Social Sciences 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 and Social Sciences graduates also serve on the College’s Board of Trustees.

Graduate Schools Attended

Many graduates from the Bluefield College School of Education and Social Sciences 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 and Social Sciences 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:

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 3-Year Average
Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness
Content Knowledge 4.53 3.94 4.38 4.28
Pedagogical Knowledge 4.34 3.86 3.93 4.04
Technology 4.42 3.88 4.00 4.10
Impact of P-12 Learning & Development
Caring & Teaching Skills 4.37 4.22 4.25 4.28
Diversity 4.35 4.00 4.00 4.12
Meets Standardized Measures Expectations N/A N/A 4.00 4.00
Ability to Reach All Students & Help Them Improve N/A N/A 4.50 4.50
Ability to Build Positive Relationships with Students N/A N/A 4.50 4.50
Leadership 4.28 3.67 4.17 4.04
Overall 4.35 4.39 3.95 4.23

The most recent, three-year span of data (2015-2018) resulted in an overall 4.18 satisfaction rating on our graduates in the areas listed above (63% response rate).  2018-2019 data will not be collected until the summer of 2020.

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:

2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Content Knowledge 4.43 4.43 4.76
Overall Professional Demeanor 4.96 4.78 4.96
Caring Teacher Skills 4.47 4.20 4.89
Pedagogical Knowledge 4.45 4.36 4.66
Implementing an Effective Lesson 4.75 4.60 4.83
Overall 4.61 4.47 4.82

The most recent, three-year span of data (2015-2018) resulted in an overall 4.63 satisfaction rating on preparation in the areas listed above (81% response rate).  2018-2019 data will not be collected until the summer of 2020. 

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


Year # of Students Who Completed Initial Preparation Program Pass Rate % of Those Students
2011-2012 19 100%
2012-2013 8 *
2013-2014 17 100%
2014-2015 6 *
2015-2016 18 100%
2016-2017 13 100%
2017-2018 5 *
2018-2019 14 100%

*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

Year Job Placement % Rates for Graduates
2011-2012 89%
2012-2013 75%
2013-2014 88%
2014-2015 100%
2015-2016 83%
2016-2017 76%
2017-2018 60%
2018-2019 93%

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 9.8%. This is for students who graduated between 2014 and 2016, which is the most recent period available.

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