Wayne State College
A Degree in English Education

Secondary English Education (6-12)

Secondary English Education Major

You love language, and you have a desire to teach. Turn your two interests into a great career by becoming an English teacher. You’ll get to pass on the importance of effective communication to the next generation. With a degree in Secondary English Education from Wayne State, you’ll be eligible to teach subjects such as composition, literature, speech, theatre, communication, journalism, and reading in grades 6-12.

Sample Program of Study

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
Normally you would need to choose two subject endorsements; however, secondary English is an exception. You may graduate with a single subject endorsement in Secondary English to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For subject endorsement: 40
For professional education classes: 31
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: English as a Second Language (ESL), Reading and Writing (7-12), Speech Education (7-12)

School: Arts and HumanitiesEducation and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Language and Literature, 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.

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 Secondary English 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 in the English Education degree program.

English education degree skills

Skills Learned

  • Creative writing
  • Literary analysis
  • Advanced English grammar and writing
  • Linguistic theory and applications
  • American and British literature
  • Shakespearean plays and poetry
  • Teaching young adult literature
  • Classroom strategies to teach writing
  • Developmental reading for middle and high school
  • Classroom management and leadership
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Critical thinking and reasoning
  • Professional standards and ethics
  • Oral and written communication 

careers for english education majors

Possible Careers

  • Middle school English teacher
  • High school English teacher
  • Journalism teacher
  • Literature teacher
  • Author
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Librarian
  • Legal or technical writer
  • Freelance writer

Employers of english education majors


  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Businesses and organizations
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Publishing companies
  • Libraries
  • Public offices
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Self-employment

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 Secondary English Education degree program.

Outside the Classroom

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

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Publications


Student Activities for Education Majors


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Competitions and conferences – Showcase your skills when you compete in poetry and fiction slams or the Hot Papers Contest, and meet the pros when you participate in writing programs and attend conferences.
  • The Neihardt Seminar – a special summer course taught by a visiting writer/scholar
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your English 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 English 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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