Special Education K-12 (BS) Program Overview

Special education teachers make sure all students can learn, regardless of ability or other special needs. A special education degree prepares you to tackle some of the most pressing challenges in K-12 education today. But you also have the reward of creating opportunities for students who may have given up on school. Special education majors study all four major subjects: English, math, science, and social studies in addition to learning how to teach. They also develop techniques for teaching and assessing students with special needs, including gifted learners in preparation for licensure.

BC’s Unique Program

Bluefield College provides a Christ-centered approach that prepares servant leaders to make a difference in the classroom. The School of Education faculty make every effort to know you as a person. With their help, you’ll design creative lessons and learn how to reach struggling students. You’ll begin field experience observations very early in your studies, acquiring more than 100 hours of observation before you begin student teaching in a southwestern Virginia classroom.

Are you ready to learn how you can change lives with a special education degree? Email Dr. Shellie Brown in the School of Education today or schedule a campus visit.

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 (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)
  • 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
    • Modern English Grammar
    • History of the English Language
    • Literature of Children & Adolescents
    • Regional & Ethnic Literature
  • History/Social Science
    • United States History I OR II
    • History of Virginia
    • (Choose 1)
      • American Government & Politics
      • State & Local Government
      • History of American Government & Politics
  • Mathematics
    • Mathematics of Finance
    • Intro to Statistics
  • Science
    • General Chemistry & Lab OR Chemistry & Culture
    • Human Biology & Lab OR Human Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
Professional Education (29 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Reading & Language Arts (15 Field Hours) (Must be admitted to TEP)
  • Diagnostic & Remedial Reading (15 Field Hours) (Must be admitted to TEP)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Methods in Teaching PreK-6 Mathematics (10 Field Hours) (Must be admitted to TEP)
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Special Education (15 Field Hours) (Must be admitted to TEP)
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities for Success in the General Curriculum (Must be admitted to TEP)
  • Collaboration & Transition for Students with Disabilities (15 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 (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
  • Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary & Special Education (157 or greater)
Total Credits: 135

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

Special Education Teacher K-12
Special Education Teacher's Assistant
Special Education Program Coordinator
Speech Pathologist
Early Intervention Special Educator
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