Wayne State College

About the History Education Degree

The study of history helps us gain a broad understanding of what happened in the past and what it can teach us. The discipline encompasses past and present civilizations and studies aspects of their political, social, economic, and intellectual development. It’s an important subject to be taught in school. As the study of what has happened, history can open you up to a deeper understanding of things such as politics, religion, economics, and general culture trends. With a History Education degree from Wayne State, you can become a history teacher in a school setting for grades 7-12.  

Sample Program of Study

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Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the History subject endorsement, you will also need to select a field endorsement or a second subject endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For endorsement: 45
For professional education: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Geography Education (7-12), Political Science Education (7-12), Sociology Education (7-12)Spanish Education (7-12)

Schools: Arts and Humanities, Education and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: History, Politics, and Geography, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation:  Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

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 aid for your history education degree.

History Education Degree Results and Outcomes

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become a history teacher.

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Skills Learned

  • World cultures and civilizations
  • American history, cultural groups, and government
  • Events and history of the 20th century
  • Ancient Greek and Roman history
  • Renaissance and medieval European history
  • Southeast Asian and Indian history
  • History of American Indian civilizations
  • Geography and history of Nebraska
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Classroom management
  • History curriculum development
  • Cultural and global awareness
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Research and writing techniques
  • Oral and written communication
  • Time management 

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Possible Careers

  • Middle school history teacher
  • High school history teacher
  • College history teacher
  • History tutor
  • Public historian
  • Archaeologist
  • Research specialist
  • Preservation specialist
  • Public policy analyst
  • Cultural resource manager
  • Archivist
  • Curator
  • Tour guide
  • Librarian
  • Park ranger
  • Documentary editor
  • Writer / author

History Education Degree employers


  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Education and learning centers
  • Museums and galleries
  • Historical societies
  • Conservation societies
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • National parks
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Libraries
  • Law firms
  • Publishing companies
  • Businesses and organizations

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished professionals that have been recognized as experts in their fields. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the History Education degree program.

Outside the Classroom

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

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Clubs and Organizations

WSC 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.

Best Colleges for History Education Majors


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Contribute to a cause – Help promote historical awareness, civic engagement, diversity and opportunity through Multicultural Affairs and events like Constitution Day and the Voter Registration Drive.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
student teaching to become a history teacher

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your History Education degree, you’ll complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced history 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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