Special Education K-12 (BS) Program Overview

Special education teachers prepare all students to 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.  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 challenged 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 classroom.

Are you ready to learn how you can change lives with a special education degree? Complete our information request form today and schedule a campus visit.

The Academic Catalog is the student’s 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



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)
  • 2 Beginning Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 Intermediate Level Modern Language Courses (6 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)

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

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Reading & Language Arts
  • Diagnostic & Remedial Reading
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Methods in Teaching PreK-6 Mathematics
  • Assessment & Evaluation in Special Education
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities for Success in the General Curriculum
  • Collaboration & Transition for Students with Disabilities
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

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

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

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

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.