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Special Education Generalist (K-6)

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Not all students learn at the same pace. That’s why special education teachers are vital to schools. You’ll get to help kids who need a little extra attention and guidance. With a special education generalist endorsement for K-6, you’ll be qualified to teach special needs students in kindergarten through grade 6. 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

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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.
In addition to choosing the special education generalist (K-6) subject endorsement, you will also need to choose a field endorsement or a second subject endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.


Hours required:
For subject endorsement: 39
For professional education: 24
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: Special Education (7-12), Reading and Writing (PK-6), English as a Second Language (PK-12), Early Childhood Education (PK-3)


School: Education and Counseling


Department(s): Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 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

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-6
  • Consulting and collaborating
  • Teaching intermediate reading
  • Human development and cognition
  • Teaching and instruction methods
  • Speech pathology
  • Classroom management
  • Lesson plan development

 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Special education teacher
  • Learning coach
  • After-school program manager
  • Youth worker
  • In-home tutor
  • Behavioral specialist
  • Guidance counselor
  • Educational consultant
  • Youth worker

Employers

Employers

  • Elementary 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 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, internships, and more.

WSC Service Learning

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

Opportunities

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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