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Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership

If you have a passion for knowledge and people, a career in education is a good fit for you. Teach a subject you love to the people you care about.

About the Department

When you choose to pursue an education degree from Wayne State, you are following in the footsteps of thousands before you who heeded the same call. At Wayne State College, we build outstanding education professionals for schools in Nebraska and around the world. In fact, 1 in 10 Nebraska teachers has at least one degree from Wayne State.

We provide many avenues for you to gain an edge on other teacher candidates by ensuring you have quality work experience before graduation. Our faculty work with you in a personalized setting, delivering classwork and field experiences that will introduce you to classroom management and curriculum development before you take on your first teaching position. Our partnerships with outstanding educators and programs like NENTA ensure your nervous days will be behind you when you meet your first class. In addition to opportunities to teach before you finish your degree, Wayne State offers study sessions and tutors committed to helping you pass the Praxis teaching exams to earn your teaching certificate.


The grade levels and subjects you want to teach are called endorsements, and depending on the type of endorsement, you are required to choose one or more in order to obtain your teaching certificate. When choosing your endorsement(s), you must pick either one field endorsement or two subject endorsements. Supplemental endorsements can be added once you've chosen your one field or two subject endorsements.

“I want to help all kids learn skills that will help them be successful in life. I want to help them learn, but also teach them that school is more than just about knowing how to take a test. I want to help other kids reach their goals and go after their dreams. My professors and counselors are fully supporting me to go find my passion. I love their heart for the material they teach. They have such a passion for what they do. I couldn’t have found a better school that fits me.”


Adam Niewhoner

Major: Special Education
Hometown: Beemer, Neb.

Education Programs

We offer a wide variety of education degree programs and endorsements so that you can teach the subjects you love and inspire future generations. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Art Education (K-12)              
Biology Education (7-12)              
Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Education (6-12)              
Chemistry Education (7-12)              
Coaching (7-12)              
Curriculum and Instruction (MSE) - Community of Learning Model              
Curriculum and Instruction - Instructional Leadership (MSE) - Online Options Available              
Early Childhood Education (PK-3)              
Early Childhood Inclusive Education (Birth - Grade 3)              
Education (MSE) - Fully or Partially Online              
Education Specialist (Ed.S.) - Fully Online              
Elementary Education (K-8)              
English as a Second Language              
English Language Arts Education (7-12)              
Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational Education (6-12)              
Geography Education (7-12)              
Health and Physical Education (PK-12)              
History Education (7-12)              
Information Technology Education (PK-12)              
Interdisciplinary Studies              
Math Education (6-12)              
Middle Level Education (5-9)              
Music Education - Vocal (PK-12)              
Music Education - Vocal and Instrumental (PK-12)              
Physical Education (7-12)              
Physical Education (PK-6)              
Political Science Education (7-12)              
Psychology Education (7-12)              
Reading and Writing (7-12)              
Reading and Writing (PK-6)              
School Administration (MSE) - Fully Online              
Science Education (7-12)              
Secondary English Education (7-12)              
Skilled and Technical Sciences - Skilled Specific Education (9-12)              
Skilled and Technical Sciences Education (6-12) (formerly Industrial Technology Education)              
Social Sciences Education (7-12)              
Sociology Education (7-12)              
Spanish Education (7-12)              
Special Education (MSE) - Fully Online              
Special Education Generalist (7-12)              
Special Education Generalist (K-12)              
Special Education Generalist (K-6)              
Speech Education (7-12)              
Theatre Education (7-12)              
Work-Based Learning Education (9-12)              

“Teaching is the foundation of all other professions. Educators influence essential pieces in the lives of learners of all ages, and it is a role we are privileged to hold. Teachers assist students in knowledge construction, building foundations of understanding across subjects, and inspiring students to fulfill their aspirations. Educators do not simply teach content or impart static knowledge, but rather encourage critical thinking and authentic learning opportunities. The education programs at Wayne State College can assist future teachers to strive for their passion of lifelong learning, explore how to honor diverse cultural backgrounds, and model discourse for more socially just communities.”


Casey Hurner, Ed.D.

Department Chair
Professor of Special Education

Outside the Classroom

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

Student Activities for Education Majors


The Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) places education majors as substitute teachers in local community schools. You'll gain in-class experience before you even graduate. This one-of-a-kind program just goes to show how innovative Wayne State continues to be in the field of education.

Activities Outside the Classroom


  • 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. 
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


Before graduating with your degree to teach, 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; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities. The Field Experience and Certification Office will also help you find teaching opportunities and gain certification.


Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% 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.

Education Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for education students.

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