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Program Highlights

Classroom Teaching Opportunities

Taking charge of your first classroom can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you haven’t been there before. The School of Education and Counseling understands – and that’s why we deliver classwork and field experiences designed to introduce you to classroom management and curriculum development so you are ready to go when you are hired at your first teaching position. Our experienced professors and partnerships with outstanding educators ensure your nervous days will be behind you when you meet your first class.

Northeast Nebraska Teaching Academy (NENTA)

The Northeast Nebraska Teaching Academy (NENTA) provides opportunities to develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time. NENTA oversees the selection and training of 60-65 education majors who are certified to substitute teach in any of our collaborating school districts in Northeast Nebraska. As a NENTA participant, you will meet with mentor teachers on a weekly basis to ensure your systematic development as an educator. The outcome for you is tremendous: You will be an experienced teacher by the time you graduate, which means your job prospects just got a lot brighter. 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program

Every student wants to know they have an edge when preparing for a career. Wayne State’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program is one of only three programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in Nebraska, the gold-standard of counseling programs. This means that Wayne State graduates have access to federal counseling opportunities, such as the Veterans Administration system. Counseling graduates, from non-CACREP accredited programs, are denied federal counseling employment access. Our program makes your next steps easier, too, with a streamlined state licensure process because of CACREP accreditation. In addition, Wayne State’s Clinical Mental Health program operates a free community mental health clinic on campus with graduate candidates leading counseling sessions and participating in internships at the clinic under direct supervision via state-of-the-art video systems. Access to professional opportunities and hands-on experience give our students an unmistakable edge.

Ours is only the third Clinical Mental Health program in Nebraska to achieve CACREP accreditation. Our faculty are partners of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) under the auspices of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The renovated HELP Clinic on campus expands its free community counseling services and integrates new technology for counseling analysis.