Elementary Education PreK-5 (BA) Program Overview

If you dream of becoming an elementary school teacher, earning your elementary education degree at Bluefield College is the first step. Our School of Education nurtures servant leaders in a Christ-centered environment that prepares you for the classroom in two ways. You’ll study the four primary subjects taught in elementary schools: English, math, science, and social studies. You’ll also study pedagogy (learning best practices) for delivering those lessons in creative, engaging ways.

Personalized Attention

Like all BC students, you’ll receive personalized attention from teachers who are experts in their field and the art of teaching. As Kelly Walker, 2019 graduate in elementary education and fifth-grade teacher, says, “The Bluefield College Education Department played a big role in who I am today. The professors cared for each student and helped us all reach our full potential. The class size was always small, so we became like a family. Everyone in the Education Department deserves a round of applause.”

When you earn an elementary education degree from BC, you’ll be ready for licensure testing and a fulfilling career teaching grades PreK – 6. Take the first step toward becoming an elementary school teacher by emailing Dr. Shellie Brown today and schedule a visit to Bluefield.

The Academic Catalog is the student 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 (BS)
General Education (53 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 (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Drawing I
    • Art Appreciation
    • Theatre Appreciation
    • Music Appreciation
  • History (6 Credits)
    • World Civilizations I
    • World Civilizations II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (6 Credits)
    • College Algebra I
    • (Choose 1)
      • Mathematics for Elementary & Special Education Teachers
      • College Algebra II
  • Science (8 Credits)
    • General Biology & Lab
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab
  • Social Science (6 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Introduction to Sociology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
Core Requirements (37-38 Credits)

  • English (12 Credits)
    • Modern English Grammar
    • History of the English Language
    • Literature of Children & Adolescents
    • Regional & Ethnic Literature
  • History/Social Science (12 Credits)
    • United States History I OR II
    • History of Virginia
    • (Choose 1)
      • American Government & Politics
      • State & Local Government
      • History of American Government & Politics
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics (6 Credits)
    • Mathematics of Finance
    • Intro to Statistics
  • Science (8 Credits)
    • General Chemistry OR Chemistry & Culture
    • Human Biology & Lab OR Human Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
Professional Education (23 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Reading & Language Arts (15 Field Hours) (Must be admitted to TEP)
  • Diagnostic & Remedial Reading (15 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Methods in Teaching PreK-6 Mathematics (10 Field Hours) (Must be admitted to TEP)
  • Teaching Science & Social Studies PreK-6 (10 Field Hours) (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 (6 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 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects
    • Reading & Language Arts (157 or greater)
    • Mathematics (157 or greater)
    • Social Studies (155 or greater)
    • Science (159 or greater)
Total Credits: 129

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

PreK-5 Teacher
Admissions Counselor
Education Consultant
Homeschool Consultant
Instructional Designer
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