History & Social Sciences Education 6-12 (BA) Program Overview

The health and physical education degree gives you the perfect way to combine your love of sports and physical activity with the joy of serving others as a PreK-12 teacher. Today’s P.E. teachers do much more than just oversee traditional gym classes. They help students understand and maintain a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition, mindfulness, and stress management. If you feel called to lead others and help them live their best lives, Bluefield College prepares you for a career in teaching with our Christ-centered education.

The Bluefield College Difference

Dr. Shellie Brown of the School of Education says, “When students graduate from Bluefield College with a degree in teacher education, they are completely prepared for teaching with all of the necessary certifications, qualifications, knowledge, and skills. School districts want graduates from our teacher education program because we have a stellar reputation for preparing students for the classroom.” You’ll gain that preparation through rigorous courses and more than 100 hours of actual classroom observation that begin in your second or third semester. That fieldwork prepares you for a more successful student teaching experience.

We hope you’ll visit campus to see everything we offer and how the Bluefield College difference can impact your life.

The Academic Catalog is the students’ guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

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: Spring Semester 2021

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (61 Credits)

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


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (6 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
    • Intro to Philosophy
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Drawing I
    • Art Appreciation
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Music Appreciation
  • Foreign/Modern Language (12 Credits)
    • 2 Beginning Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
    • 2 Intermediate Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
    • United States History I
    • United States History II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Math (3 Credits)
    • MAT 1213 College Algebra (or higher)
  • Science (4 Credits)
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab
  • Social Science (6 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
Core Requirements (42 Credits)

  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Minority Issues in Criminal Justice
  • World Religions
  • World Civilizations I
  • World Civilizations II
  • History & Historians
  • (Choose 1)
    • History of American Government & Politics
    • American Government & Politics
  • Renaissance & Reformation
  • History of Virginia
  • 20th Century America
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Europe 1815-Present
  • Senior Seminar
  • (Choose 1)
    • Ancient History
    • Medieval History
    • 19th Century America
    • Latin America History
    • History of the Middle East
    • The Civil War
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • (Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP)
Required Testing (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 Social Studies: Content Knowledge (161 or greater)
Total Credits: 135

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

6-12 History Teacher
6-12 Social Studies Teacher
Civil Service Administrator
Archivist
Community Development Worker
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