Not all students learn in the same way. That’s why special education teachers are vital to schools. With a special education degree for grades K-12, you’ll be qualified to teach exceptional students of all ages. By studying behaviors and how these students learn, you’ll have a better understanding of them and will be prepared to become a special education teacher. With a long-standing, excellent reputation for our education program, Wayne State is the perfect place to begin your career in special education.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
Hours required: 120 total hours for endorsement
At least 120 hours are required for graduation from Wayne State College.
School: Education and Counseling
Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership
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.
- Inclusive learning strategies
- Educational provisions for exceptional learners
- Understanding special education laws
- Engaging all learners in various classroom settings
- Monitoring and assessment
- Social, emotional, and behavior development K-12
- Consulting and collaborating
- Teaching intermediate reading
- Human development and cognition
- Teaching and instruction methods
- Speech pathology
- Classroom management
- Lesson plan development
- Elementary school teacher
- Middle school teacher
- High school teacher
- Special education teacher
- Learning coach
- After-school program manager
- Youth worker
- In-home tutor
- Behavioral specialist
- Guidance counselor
- Educational consultant
- Youth worker
- Elementary schools
- Middle schools
- High schools
- Community programs
- Government programs
- Non-profit organizations
- Education / learning centers
- Special education centers
- Rehabilitation centers
- Disability and behavioral health centers
- Distance-learning centers
Learn From the Best
Our faculty are accomplished, with 86% 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.
Thomas Browning, Ph.D.
Maria Dickson, M.E.
Outside the Classroom
At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, internships, and more.
Clubs and Organizations
- Kappa Delta Pi
- Early Childhood Association
- Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
- Wayne Student Education Association of Nebraska (WSEAN)
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.
Before graduating with your degree to teach special education, 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 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.