Wayne State College
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Middle Level Education Degree (Grades 5-9)

Middle Level Education Degree: Teaching at the Middle and Secondary Education Levels

Are you ready to take on the world of junior high and the surrounding grades? This world will be filled with adolescents – an exciting yet sometimes scary time for pre-teens and teens. But as a teacher, you’ll be there to be a positive influence in their lives. With the Middle Level Education endorsement, you’ll be qualified to teach grades 5-9. You’ll get a variety of students and ages, all looking to you to guide them through this phase in life. 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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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)

Hours required: 125-134
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours

Academic area options: First choice must be from the core of English language arts, science, social science, or mathematics. Second choice may be another core area, family and consumer sciences or health and physical education (for middle level), or any other subject or field endorsement.

School: Education and Behavioral Sciences

Department:  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.

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Education degrees at Wayne State are nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

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Education 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 Middle Level Education degree.

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 with a Middle Level Education degree.

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Skills Learned

  • Teaching language arts and intermediate reading
  • Developing social studies, math, and science curriculum
  • Instructional design for grades 5-9
  • Literacy assessment methods
  • Practices for children with exceptionalities
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Diverse family systems and parent relationships
  • Instructional media and technology
  • Consulting and collaborating
  • Instructional methods
  • Active listening
  • Time management
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking and problem solving


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Possible Careers

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Math teacher
  • Language arts teacher
  • Social studies teacher
  • Science teacher
  • Spanish teacher
  • Youth program director
  • In-home tutor
  • Training and development specialist
  • Distance-learning designer

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


Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished. 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 Middle Level Education degree.

Outside the Classroom

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

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.

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Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your Middle Level 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 this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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