Business Education 6-12 (BS) Program Overview

Not all business majors are destined for the corporate world. If you have a knack for business and an entrepreneurial spirit, one of the best ways to serve others is by teaching them your passion and skills that will last a lifetime. A Bluefield University business education major gives enterprising students the ability to combine their business knowledge with Christ-centered servant leadership as a teacher. This program prepares you to teach students in grades 6-12 business-related subjects including marketing, accounting, and ethics. You’ll learn what it means to conduct and teach about business in a way that reflects Christian values.

Inspire a New Generation of Business Students

As a business-minded person, you’ll appreciate the immersive coursework in the Caudill School of Business and the 100 hours of classroom observation to help you translate theory into practice. Combined with hands-on classroom experiences as a student teacher, this four-year program is carefully designed to develop your leadership skills and prepare you to pass the Praxis exam for Virginia licensure.

If you’re ready to join the RAMS team, begin the admissions process today. In four short years, you can be ready to lead your own classroom.


The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield University.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: January 10, 2022

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (52 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors


  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra I (3 Credits)
  • Math of Finance (3 Credits)
  • Intro to Statistics (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Chemistry & Lab (4 Credits)
Major Requirements (54 Credits)

  • Intro to Business
  • Intro to Web Development I
  • Intro to Web Development II
  • Program Design & Development
  • Personal Computers
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Principles of Accounting II
  • Personal Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Business Law
  • Business Communication
  • Business Finance
  • Business Ethics
  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Internship
  • Management Information Systems
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing/Licensure (3 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater; Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater; Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
  • PRAXIS II Business: Content Knowledge (157 or greater)
  • Industry Certification Credential
Total Credits: 138

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Middle/High School Business Teacher
Academic Advisor
Instructional Designer
Academic Coach
Management Consultant

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231