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Elementary Education (K-8)

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Become an elementary or middle school teacher with the elementary education K-8 program at Wayne State College. Teaching is a rewarding career, and the elementary education endorsement covers the widest variety of ages. This track will focus you on kindergarten-aged children up through the junior high level. With a long-standing, excellent reputation for our education program, Wayne State is the perfect place to begin your career in education.

Sample Program of Study

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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:
For field endorsement: 41
For professional education: 32
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: English as a Second Language (PK-12), Early Childhood Education (PK-3), Special Education Generalist (K-6), Coaching (7-12), Reading and Writing (K-6), Information Technology Education (PK-12)


School: Education and Counseling


Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

Elementary 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 and financial aid for your degree in elementary 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

Skills Learned

  • Teaching early and intermediate reading
  • Developing math, science, art, and music curriculum
  • Human development and cognition
  • Practices for children with exceptionalities
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Diverse family systems and parent relationships
  • Appropriate practices for children
  • Instructional media and technology
  • Consulting and collaborating
  • Lesson plan development
  • Instructional methods
  • Monitoring and assessment
  • Leadership and supervision
  • Active listening
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving

 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Learning coach
  • After-school program manager
  • Youth program director
  • In-home tutor
  • Guidance counselor
  • Training and development specialist
  • Distance-learning designer

Employers

Employers

  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • Youth programs
  • Community programs
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Education / learning facilities
  • Instructional software companies
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Child development centers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Online schools

 

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.

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 elementary, 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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