If you are called to a career in teaching, school administration or counseling, you'll enjoy unique opportunities to positively and powerfully influence the lives of others and the communities you serve.
“It is exciting that you are interested in developing as an educator. Whether you are considering education as a career or looking to advance in the profession with an advanced degree, we have many options available to you. If you love the idea of helping others grow as learners, we look forward to the opportunity to talk with you further about how we can help you reach your goal.”
Dr. Johanna Barnes
Department Chair of Educational Foundations and Leadership
Fundamentals for Success
We build outstanding education professionals for schools in Nebraska and around the world. Our faculty work with you in a personalized setting to ensure you are ready to take over your first classroom, confident with the knowledge that you are the master of your subject area and pedagogy.
Our campus facilities give you hands-on experience with the latest classroom technology and provide you with first-hand knowledge of clinical settings and the cutting-edge technology available for counselors.
You can benefit from a counseling accreditation that streamlines licensing requirements and opens doors to working for federal government programs. If you’re on the education track, you can sharpen your skills in the classroom with our Professional Development Schools or with the Northeast Nebraska Teaching Academy, our one-of-a-kind substitute teacher program.
We provide many avenues for you to gain an edge on other teacher and counselor candidates by ensuring you have quality work experience before graduation. Many of our students have jobs lined up before they even walk across the stage to get their diploma.
If you are called to a career in teaching, school administration, or counseling, you will enjoy unique opportunities to positively influence the lives of others and the communities you serve. We prepare candidates for certification in early childhood, elementary, middle grades, and secondary education. We prepare students for professions in counseling, built on a strong foundation of psychology and sociology to develop understanding of individuals and the influence of social interaction.
Human Service Counseling
Business, Marketing, and Information Technology 6-12
Early Childhood Inclusive Birth to Grade 3
Elementary Education K-8
English Language Arts 7-12
Family and Consumer Sciences 6-12
Health and Physical Education PK-12
Industrial Technology Education 6-12
Middle Level Education 4-9
Music (Vocal and Instrumental) K-12
Social Sciences 7-12
Special Education K-12
Education majors must choose either one field endorsement or two subject endorsements. Special and supplemental endorsements are optional.
Basic Business 6-12
Music, Vocal K-8
Music, Vocal 7-12
Physical Education PK-6
Physical Education 7-12
PK-12 Reading Specialist (graduate only)
Political Science 7-12
Secondary English 7-12
Special Education K-6
Special Education 7-12
Special and Supplemental Endorsements
Cooperative Education-Diversified Occupations 9-12
Early Childhood Education PK-3
English as a Second Language PK-12 (undergraduate or graduate)
Information Technology PK-12 (undergraduate or graduate)
Reading and Writing PK-6
Reading and Writing 7-12
Skilled and Technical Science Education 9-12 (only with completion of Industrial Technology Education)
We offer several options for graduate degrees in education and counseling, including an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S) and a Master of Science in Education degree (MSE). With an MSE, you can choose from three concentration areas: counseling, curriculum and instruction - instructional leadership, or school administration. And no matter what you choose, with our Community Learning program, you get to surround yourself with a group that has the same goals and passions as you.
K-12 students taught by Wayne State graduates score as high, if not higher, on their Nebraska State Accountability assessments than the state average in reading, mathematics, and science. In the 2015 Nebraska First Year Teacher Survey, all first-year teachers from Wayne State were scored as able to demonstrate consistently to frequently the knowledge skills, and dispositions for teaching evidenced in the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium standards. Check out every measure of our graduates' success on the Outcomes and Impact Measures of Completers of Education Programs page.
“I chose Wayne State College because of the affordable price, the close proximity to home, and because I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in education. I am involved in the Professional Development School program, which allows Wayne State students to co-teach at schools in Norfolk and Wakefield. The program is tough but rewarding because I am able to learn in a hands-on environment. PDS has really helped boost my confidence in my major and it has provided me with opportunities that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, prior to student teaching. Programs such as PDS really help me get out in the field before I even go to student teaching – which is super beneficial to me.”
Nicole Babutzke, junior, O’Neill, Neb.
Majoring in Elementary Education with Endorsements in ESL and Reading & Writing
“The biggest factors in my decision to attend Wayne State included the distance to home and the student to professor ratios. I came to Wayne because I knew that here I would be a name and not a number. My major keeps me very busy. From education classes, to music courses, to ensembles, I am always rushing from one class to the next. It has been great in helping me learn time management. Being able to take classes on campus at Wayne, the professors are able to get to know us more and are better able to help direct us down the right path. The professors are approachable and are very helpful in telling me what I need to do to achieve my goal.”