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Political Science Education (7-12)

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As politics are constantly influencing how we are governed and laws that are made, it’s important for the next generation to understand the concepts behind them. You might have a good understanding of how politics work; let Wayne State help you develop a deeper understanding. Then you can take that knowledge and pass it on by teaching political science courses in a school setting. The program at WSC concentrates on five major areas: the operation of government, political behavior, political theory, public policy, and international relations. With a degree in political science education, you’ll be ready to teach political science to grades 7-12.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the political science 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: 36
For professional education: 27-33
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: History Education (7-12), Sociology Education (7-12), Geography Education (7-12), Middle Level Education (5-9), Social Sciences Education (7-12)


Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling


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


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

Political Science Education Scholarships

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 degree in political science education.

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.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Critical thinking
  • Knowledge of law, politics, policy, and governmental structures

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Political science teacher
  • U.S. government teacher
  • Law teacher
  • History teacher
  • Politician
  • Policy analyst / advocate
  • Lobbyist
  • Political correspondent
  • Lawyer or paralegal
  • Senate secretary
  • Economic development coordinator
  • Urban planning specialist
  • Mediator
  • Journalist
  • Political advisor
  • Campaign manager

Employers

Employers

  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Education and learning centers
  • Law firms
  • State government offices
  • Federal government offices
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Congressional offices
  • Social services
  • Court systems
  • Urban planning agencies
  • Foreign service agencies
  • Television and news channels
  • Newspapers and magazines

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty 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 in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

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

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service Learning

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.

Student Activities for History, Geography and Political Science Majors

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers 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 and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

As a political science education major, 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 political science 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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