Wayne State College
Psychology Education Degree

Psychology Education Degree

Become a Psychology Teacher

Psychology studies the mind and behavior and is an excellent foundation for a variety of careers, especially education. With a Psychology Education degree, not only will you be able to teach your students well about psychology itself, but you’ll also have a good understanding of your students themselves. At Wayne State, you’ll develop the tools you need to teach psychology in high school and middle school. Earning a Psychology Education degree is your chance to help your students understand more about their own personalities and lives, as well as others’ ways of thinking.

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the Psychology 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: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Sociology Education (6-12), Social Studies Education (6-12), Middle Level Education (5-9)

School: Education and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Psychology and Sociology, 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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Wayne State is nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

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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 aid as you pursue a Psychology 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 as a psychology teacher.

psychology education degree skills

Skills Learned

  • Experimental psychology methods and research
  • History of the development of psychology
  • Deeper understanding of how people think
  • Interactions between the brain and behavior
  • Approaches to assess and treat abnormal psychology
  • Forensic psychology including psychological profiling
  • Insight into group and organizational behavior
  • Psychopharmacology and the effects of drugs
  • Increased environmental and social awareness
  • Statistical measures used in social science research
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Curriculum development for grades 7-12
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Observation and analysis
  • Leadership
  • Communication and social skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving 

Psychology Education Degree careers

Possible Careers

  • Junior high / high school teacher
  • Psychology teacher
  • Counseling teacher
  • Therapist
  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Substance abuse specialist
  • Human resource specialist
  • Behavioral health technician
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Case manager or advisor
  • Research analyst

Psychology Education Degree employers


  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Education and learning centers
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Behavioral health clinics
  • Social services
  • Community organizations
  • Government / federal agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Research and consulting firms
  • Marketing firms

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 in the Psychology Education degree program.

Outside the Classroom

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

Psychology Education Degree clubs

Clubs and Organizations

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.

Psychology Education Degree opportunities


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Research projects – Conduct your own research projects and present your work at area symposiums and psychology conferences.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach psychology, you’ll complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll 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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