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 science education degree.
About the Science Education Degree
Biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics – you’ll be able to teach all of these and more with the natural science endorsement in education from Wayne State College. You’ll be prepared to become a science teacher for grades 7-12. Choosing to pursue a science education degree will train you in math, lab techniques, how to conduct research and experiments, and more. Your degree to teach science will give you a broad yet solid foundation in all subjects science-related, along with learning how to teach in a classroom setting.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Field Endorsement)
For endorsement: 52
Professional education: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)
Popular pairings: Coaching (7-12)
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.
- Analytical, organic, and inorganic chemistry
- Introductory zoology and meteorology
- Introductory Earth science and astronomy
- Probability and statistics
- Evolutionary processes
- Biological systems and structures
- Research, data collection, and analysis
- Experimental plant science
- Modern lab techniques
- University physics and experimentation
- Advanced lab techniques and management
- Teaching and instruction methods
- Public speaking and presentation
- Classroom management and leadership
- Curriculum development for grades 7-12
- Science teacher
- Biology teacher
- Chemistry teacher
- Zoology teacher
- Physics teacher
- Science teacher
- Astronomy teacher
- Geology teacher
- Meteorology teacher
- Science tutor
- Lab technician
- Scientific researcher
- Middle schools
- High schools
- Colleges and universities
- Educational and learning centers
- Distance-learning centers
- Non-profit organizations
- Community programs
- Government programs
- Research labs
- Environmental agencies
- Science museums and exhibitions
Learn From the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 92% of full-time faculty in this department 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.
Mary Kuchta, Ed.D.
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
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.
- Research projects, class trips, and more – Conduct your own research and present your work at regional conferences. Additionally, you’ll have opportunities to help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Jr. Academy of Science Fairs and also visit area analytical science labs.
- Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Before graduating with your degree to teach science, 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.