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 political science education degree.
About the Political Science Education Degree
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 political science education program at WSC concentrates on five major areas: the operation of government, political behavior, political theory, public policy, and international relations. With a political science education degree, you’ll be ready to teach government and politics classes to grades 7-12.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
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.
For endorsement: 36
For professional education: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)
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.
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.
- American politics
- Constitutional law
- Public administration and policy
- Critical thinking
- Classroom management and curriculum development
- Public speaking and presentation
- Political science teacher
- U.S. government teacher
- Law teacher
- History teacher
- Policy analyst / advocate
- Political correspondent
- Lawyer or paralegal
- Senate secretary
- Economic development coordinator
- Urban planning specialist
- Political advisor
- Campaign manager
- 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 100% of full-time faculty in this department holding 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.
Clubs and Organizations
- Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary)
- Political Science Club
- Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
- Student Senate
- NSEA Aspiring Educators (Nebraska State Education Association)
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.
- 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.
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.