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A Degree in Early Childhood Education (PK-3)

Early Childhood Inclusive Education (Birth - Grade 3)


Prepare to be a teacher of the youngest ages with an early childhood inclusive education degree. At Wayne State, you’ll develop the tools and mindset you need to guide and care for children ranging from infants to the third grade. With an early childhood inclusive education degree, you’ll be able to teach elementary school or even preschool. Or you could work in a day care or other facility that cares for young children. With a long-standing, excellent reputation for its education program, Wayne State is the perfect place to begin your career in education.

Sample Program of Study




99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.

Hours required: 45 hours for endorsement
At least 120 hours are required for graduation from Wayne State College.

Recommended pairings: Special Education Generalist (K-6), English as a Second Language (PK-12), Reading and Writing (K-6)

School: Education and Counseling

Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership

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

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

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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.

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 Learned

  • Creative arts for children
  • Appropriate practices for children
  • Instructional media and technology
  • Early reading and literacy assessment
  • Diverse family systems and parent relationships
  • Teaching math in elementary school
  • Health and safety of young children
  • Red Cross CPR certification
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Practices for children with exceptionalities
  • Consulting and collaborating
  • Lesson plan development
  • Instructional methods
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Active listening
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving



Possible Careers

  • Preschool teacher
  • Preschool director
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Learning coach
  • Guidance counselor
  • After-school program manager
  • Youth worker
  • Camp director
  • Child development specialist
  • Educational consultant



  • Preschools
  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Early learning academies
  • Community programs
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Education / learning facilities
  • Instructional software companies


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


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


Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree in early childhood education, 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 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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