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Secondary English Education (7-12)

About

You love language, and you have desire to teach. Turn your two interests into a great career and consider becoming an English teacher. You’ll get to pass on the importance of good communication to the next generation. You’ll be eligible to teach subjects such as English, composition, literature, speech, theater, communication, journalism, and reading in 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.
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: 42
General education: 41
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), Theatre Education (7-12), Spanish Education (7-12), Editing and Publishing, Journalism


School: Arts and Humanities, Education and Counseling


Departments: Language and Literature, Educational Foundations and Leadership


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

Language and Literature 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 financial aid for your degree to teach English.

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

  • 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

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

Employers

  • 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, 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 Publications

Publications

Student Activities for Education Majors

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers 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 degree to teach English, 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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