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A Degree in Sociology Education

Sociology Education (7-12)


Sociology is the scientific study of individuals, groups, and society – important things to teach the next generation. With a sociology education degree, you can help students understand more about social issues and the analysis of small-scale interactions and large-scale institutions, including the effects of gender, social class, race, religion, and other aspects of culture and society. At Wayne State, you will develop the tools you need to become a successful sociology teacher at the junior high and high school levels. With a sociology education degree, you’ll be able to help your students prepare to positively contribute to an increasingly diverse society.

Sample Program of Study




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. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the sociology 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
Professional education: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Psychology Education (7-12), Social Sciences Education (7-12), Middle Level Education (5-9), Coaching (7-12)

Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling

Departments: Psychology and Sociology, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation:  Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education

Nationally Ranked Programs

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

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018 - College Affordability Guide

No. 1 in Nebraska

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018

College Affordability Guide

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019 - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska, Top 1% in the U.S.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019

College Factual

College of Distinction, 2018-19

Only Public College in Nebraska

College of Distinction, 2018-19

Colleges of Distinction

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 9 in the U.S.

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018


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 for your sociology 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.


Skills Learned

  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Sociology of deviance and problems
  • Social and cultural aspects of urban and rural life
  • Advanced insight into group behavior and dynamics
  • Increased awareness of social and cultural issues
  • Social welfare systems and service programs
  • Influence of social factors and trends on people
  • History and role of ethnic and racial groups in America
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Curriculum development for grades 7-12
  • Classroom management and organization
  • Presentation and public speaking
  • Leadership


Possible Careers

  • Sociology teacher
  • Social worker
  • Family services worker
  • Admissions rep
  • Public policy analyst
  • Consumer research specialist
  • Probation counselor
  • Human resource specialist
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Case manager or advisor
  • Research analyst



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

Outside the Classroom

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

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.

Activities for Psychology, Sociology and Social Sciences Majors


  • 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 projects and present your work at area sociological symposiums and conferences.  You will also have opportunities to attend lectures by guest speakers and visit places of sociological interest.
  • 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 sociology, 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.

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 100% of the 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.

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