If you are called to a career in teaching or behavioral sciences, you'll enjoy unique opportunities to positively and powerfully influence the lives of others and the communities you serve.
Fundamentals for Success
We build outstanding education professionals for schools in Nebraska and around the world. Our faculty work with you in a personalized setting to ensure you are ready to take over your first classroom, confident with the knowledge that you are the master of your subject area and pedagogy.
Our campus facilities give you hands-on experience with the latest classroom technology and provide you with first-hand knowledge of clinical settings and the cutting-edge technology available for counselors.
You can benefit from a counseling accreditation that streamlines licensing requirements for mental health counselors and opens doors to working for federal government programs. If you’re on the education track, you can sharpen your skills in the classroom with many teaching practice opportunities, such as Northeast Nebraska Teaching Academy (NENTA), our one-of-a-kind substitute teacher program.
We provide many avenues for you to gain an edge on other teacher and counselor candidates by ensuring you have quality work experience before graduation. Many of our students have jobs lined up before they even walk across the stage to get their diploma.
“I chose Wayne State College because of the affordable price, the close proximity to home, and because I knew I wanted to pursue a degree in education. I am involved in the Professional Development School program, which allows Wayne State students to co-teach at schools in Norfolk and Wakefield. The program is tough but rewarding because I am able to learn in a hands-on environment. PDS has really helped boost my confidence in my major, and it has provided me with opportunities that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, prior to student teaching. Programs such as PDS really help me get out in the field before I even go to student teaching – which is super beneficial to me.”
Nicole Babutzke '18
Hometown: O'Neill, Neb.
B.S. Elementary Education
“The biggest factors in my decision to attend Wayne State included the distance to home and the student-to-professor ratio. I came to Wayne because I knew that here I would be a name and not a number. My major keeps me very busy. From education classes to music courses to ensembles, I am always rushing from one class to the next. It has been great in helping me learn time management. Being able to take classes on campus at Wayne, the professors are able to get to know us more and are better able to help direct us down the right path. The professors are approachable and are very helpful in telling me what I need to do to achieve my goal.”
Hometown: Dodge, Neb.
Major: Education with endorsements in K-12 vocal music and speech
- Art (K-12)
- Business, Marketing, and Information Technology (6-12)
- Early Childhood Inclusive (Birth to Grade 3)
- Elementary Education (K-8)
- English Language Arts (7-12)
- Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational (6-12)
- Health and Physical Education (PK-12)
- Mathematics (6-12)
- Music - Vocal and Instrumental (PK-12)
- Science (7-12)
- Skilled and Technical Sciences Education (6-12)
- Social Sciences (7-12)
- Special Education Generalist (K-12)
- Biology (7-12)
- Chemistry (7-12)
- Geography (7-12)
- History (7-12)
- Middle Level Education (5-9)
- Music - Vocal (PK-12)
- Physical Education (PK-6)
- Physical Education (7-12)
- Political Science (7-12)
- Psychology (7-12)
- Secondary English (7-12)
- Sociology (7-12)
- Spanish (7-12)
- Special Education Generalist (K-6)
- Special Education Generalist (7-12)
We offer several options for graduate degrees in education and counseling, including an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S) and a Master of Science in Education degree (MSE). With an MSE, you can choose from several concentrations, including counseling, curriculum and instruction - instructional leadership, school administration, and special education. And no matter what you choose, with our Community Learning program, you get to surround yourself with a group that has the same goals and passions as you.
K-12 students taught by Wayne State graduates score as high, if not higher, on their Nebraska State Accountability (NESA) assessments than the state average in reading, mathematics, and science. Check out every measure of our graduates' success on the Outcomes and Impact Measures of Completers of Education Programs page.
Social Sciences DayFestivities include initiation of new members into honor societies of the social sciences and awards for outstanding students in each social sciences field.
Education FairFor students in the education program to connect with school administrators who are seeking student teachers and candidates for open positions.