Wayne State College
A Degree in Cooperative Education / Diversified Occupations

Work-Based Learning Education (9-12)


Career education refers to vocational training for a specific career path. It focuses on hands-on training for tools of a certain trade, such as welding, commercial truck driving, cosmetology, auto technology, and plumbing. The Work-Based Learning endorsement from Wayne State College will allow you to teach courses in career and vocational education. It will be a great skill to have if you become a shop, family and consumer sciences, or business teacher for grades 9 through 12.

Note: In addition to choosing the Work-Based Learning supplemental endorsement, you will also need to choose one field endorsement or two subject endorsements to receive your B.A. or B.S.

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.
In addition to choosing the Work-Based Learning supplemental endorsement, you will also need to choose one field endorsement or two subject endorsements to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For supplemental endorsement: 3 (plus work experience)
Education core classes: 27-33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Work experience: You must also have either 1,000 verified hours of volunteer, internship, or paid work experience; or at least 300 hours of supervised work experience under the direction of the college or university recommending the endorsement.

Popular pairings: Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Education (6-12), Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational Education (6-12), Skilled and Technical Sciences Education (6-12)

Schools: Business and TechnologyEducation and Behavioral Sciences

Departments: Technology and Applied Science, 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.

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 to teach career education programs.

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

  • Principles of career education
  • Supervision techniques
  • Selection and placement of students
  • Evaluation techniques of vocational skills
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Organization
  • Planning and coordinating



Possible Careers

  • Academic advisor
  • Vocational instructor
  • Career advisor
  • Industrial technology teacher
  • Manufacturing technologies instructor
  • Industrial technology trainer
  • Business teacher



  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Vocational schools
  • Training centers
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government programs / agencies


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 work-based learning education 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.

Construction Student Activities


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time. As a NENTA participant, you’ll meet with mentor teachers on a weekly basis to ensure your growth and success as a teacher.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach career 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 you find employment opportunities.

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