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Early Childhood Education (PK-3)

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Get ready to be a teacher of young ages with a degree in early childhood education. You’ll develop the tools and mindset you need to guide and care for children from preschool age to the third grade. With an early childhood education degree, you’ll be able to teach elementary or even preschool. You’ll be an excellent candidate to work in a day care or other facility that cares for young children. With a long-standing, excellent reputation for our education program, Wayne State is the perfect place to begin your career in education.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
This endorsement must be taken in conjunction with the elementary education K-8 field endorsement. These can be your only endorsements.


Hours required:
For supplemental endorsement: 18
For elementary education endorsement: 41
For professional education: 32
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: Elementary Education (K-8), Special Education Generalist (K-6), Coaching (7-12), English as a Second Language (PK-12)


School:  Education and Counseling


Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Nationally Ranked Programs

Education degrees at Wayne State are nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Best College for Educational Leadership Degree Programs, 2018-19 - Schools.com

No. 1 in the U.S.

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Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 9 in the U.S.

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No. 15 in the U.S.; Top 5%

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No. 23 in the U.S.; Top 10%

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Most Affordable Early Childhood Degree in the U.S. - College Affordability Guide

No. 4 in the U.S.

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No. 15 in the U.S.

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Most Affordable Master's in Educational Administration Online, 2018 - Grad School Hub

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 3 in the U.S.

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No. 20 in the U.S.

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Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Social, emotional, and behavioral development in children
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Practices for children with exceptionalities
  • Diverse family systems and parent relationships
  • Consulting and collaborating
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Active listening
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Preschool teacher
  • Preschool director
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Learning coach
  • After-school program manager
  • Youth worker
  • In-home tutor
  • Guidance counselor
  • Educational consultant
  • Youth worker

Employers

Employers

  • Preschools
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Community programs
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Child development services
  • Education / learning facilities
  • Instructional software companies
  • Government programs
  • Youth programs

 

Education Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid for your degree in early childhood education.
 

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 86% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, internships, and more.

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

 

Student Activities for Education Majors

Opportunities

Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach early childhood ages, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you will work closely with an experienced teacher to gain classroom teaching experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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