Elementary Education PreK-6 (BS) 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 completing the information request form 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: August 19, 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


  • 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)
  • World Civilizations I & II (6 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra I & II (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
  • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
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
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Foundations of Education
  • Reading & Language Arts
  • Diagnostic & Remedial Reading
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Methods in Teaching PreK-6 Mathematics
  • Teaching Science & Social Studies PreK-6
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
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

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

PreK-6 Teacher
Admissions Counselor
Education Counselor
Homeschool Consultant
Instructional Designer

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.