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Special Education Generalist (K-12)


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.

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.

Hours required: 120 total hours for endorsement
At least 120 hours are required for graduation from Wayne State College.

Recommended pairings: English as a Second Language (PK-12), Reading and Writing (PK-6), Reading and Writing (7-12)

School: Education and Counseling

Department: Educational Foundations and Leadership

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

Special Education 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 degree in special education.

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

  • 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



Possible Careers

  • 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.

Outside the Classroom

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

Student clubs and organizations

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.

Student Activities for Education Majors


Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

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.

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