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Elementary Education Degree (Grades K-8)

The Elementary Education Degree Program

Become an elementary or middle school teacher with the elementary education degree from Wayne State College. Teaching is a rewarding career, and the elementary education K-8 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 programs, Wayne State is the perfect place to get your elementary education degree.

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. or B.S. in elementary education

Hours required:
For field endorsement: 73
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours

Recommended 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)

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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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 elementary education degree.


Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared in the realy world with your elementary education degree.

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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


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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

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  • 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 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 elementary education degree.

Outside the Classroom

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

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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.

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Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your elementary education 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 as part of elementary education degree program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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