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Special Education Generalist (K-6)

About

Not all students learn in the say way. That’s why special education teachers are vital to schools. You’ll get to help kids who need a little extra attention and guidance. Adding a special education subject endorsement to your education degree will qualify youto teach students with exceptionalities 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.

Note: The special education generalist (K-6) subject endorsement is not a standalone program. You must also select a second subject endorsement or field endorsement to receive your B.A. or B.S.

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.


Hours required: 39
At least 120 hours are required for graduation from Wayne State College.


Popular pairings: Elementary Education (K-8), Early Childhood Inclusive Education (Birth- Grade 3)


School: Education and Counseling


Department(s): Educational Foundations and Leadership


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

Nationally Ranked Programs

Wayne State is nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018 - College Affordability Guide

No. 1 in Nebraska

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018

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College of Distinction, 2018-19

Only Public College in Nebraska

College of Distinction, 2018-19

Colleges of Distinction

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 9 in the U.S.

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018

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Most Focused Special Education Degree, 2019 - College Factual

No. 23 in the U.S.; Top 10%

Most Focused Special Education Degree Program, 2019

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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 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.

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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