Wayne State College
A Degree in Special Education K-6

Special Education Generalist (K-6)

Special Education Endorsement for Grades K-6

Not all students learn in the same 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 you to 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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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.

Hours required: 36
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 Behavioral Sciences

Department(s): Educational Foundations and Leadership

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

Licensing and Certification: Wayne State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Nebraska. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Nebraska, please check that state's licensing board to determine their licensing requirements. Authorization may be required from them prior to beginning a clinical or field experience in that state. Learn more.

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Most Focused Special Education Degree, 2019 - College Factual

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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 Special Education endorsement.


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



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



  • 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. 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 the Special Education degree program.

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


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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