Wayne State College
A Degree in Sociology Education

Sociology Education (7-12)

Sociology Education: Teaching Sociology in Grades 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 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

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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: 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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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 in the Sociology Education degree program.

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Skills Learned

  • Critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Written and oral communication
  • Cultural competency
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of global issues
  • Social welfare system and service program evaluation
  • Analysis of population trends
  • Knowledge of the history and role of race and ethnics groups in the United States

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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

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  • 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 Sociology Education degree by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

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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.

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  • 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.
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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. 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 sociology education program.

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