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.
Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey
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.
For subject endorsement: 39
For professional education: 24
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)
School: Education and Counseling
Department(s): 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-6
- Consulting and collaborating
- Teaching intermediate reading
- Human development and cognition
- Teaching and instruction methods
- Speech pathology
- Classroom management
- Lesson plan development
- 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
- 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.
Clubs and Organizations
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.