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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.

 

Endorsements

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 chose Wayne State because it felt like home and I loved it from the start. I knew it was a great place to become a teacher because the teachers are wonderful themselves. I have been able to build relationships with not only my softball teammates and friends, but also the faculty. I have learned so much from them already, and they are always available to talk or assist you in any way.”

 

Maddie Moser

Hometown: Central City, Neb.
Major: Elementary Education (K-8), Special Education (K-6)

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Wayne State College is nationally ranked and continually recongnized among the best colleges for education degrees.

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

Outside the Classroom

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

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NENTA

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 and remains one of the best colleges for an education degree.

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Opportunities

  • 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.
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Internships/Clinicals

Before graduating with your teaching degree, 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.

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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.

Christian Legler

"Welcome! The Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership has an exemplary record of preparing the next generation of educators to positively impact the lives of students and become leaders within their school communities. Our programs are innovative, student-centered, and rewarding. Our strong partnerships with numerous local schools afford students the valuable opportunity to engage with students and teachers. Our experienced and caring faculty is committed to supporting you as you progress through your program of study. We hope you choose Wayne State College to become a teacher or school administrator!"

 

Christian Legler, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Education

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 92% of full-time faculty in this department 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 while earning your teaching degree.

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