BS Four-Year Degree Plan

The speech and education degree may be easily completed in four years or eight semesters, including a semester of student teaching. However, the four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring with you upon admission to the University. Please remember that course availability are subject to change, so consult with your advisor when scheduling your classes.

Bachelor of Science in Education Speech and Theatre Communication (Grade 9-12)

Suggested course sequencing: 15 – 17 semester hours is recommended; however, many students attend summer school or transfer high school dual enrollment. You will apply for admission to the BSE-Speech and Theatre degree program after your second semester and to the Teacher Education program after your third semester.

This degree program can be completed in eight semesters. (All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and subject to change. Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.)

*Save artifacts for assessment portfolio: COM 115; COM 209; COM 322; COM 332; COM 417; COM 510; COM elective; MED 120; THE 123; THE 125; THE 130; THE 150; THE 310; THE 430; THE 530; SEC 302; PSY 360; RDG 474; IM 365; EDC 350; SPE 340;

Check out the course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 or UHC 110 2
Choose one of the following: CIS 101; CSC 101; CSC 111; pass competency exam 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
THE 150 Introduction to Theatre Technology 2
THE 151 Introduction to Theatre Technology Lab 1
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
General Education Self-Understanding - Creativity and Vision Perspective 3
MED 120 Mass Media and Society 3
THE 130 Introduction to Script Analysis 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory 3
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 0
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation 3
THE 222 Acting Fundamentals 3
General Education - Natural World 4
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

(Take the C-Base test. CARR 311)
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills 3
THE 323 Acting-Performance and Literature 3
General Education Self-Understanding - Humanities 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

THE 430 Directing I 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 2
COM 332 Small Group Communication 3
COM 532 Teaching Debate 3
General Education - Culture and Society - Humanities 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students 2
COM 536 Directing Forensics 2
ENG 310 Writing II: Writing for Graduate and Professional Schools 3
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

COM Elective 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
PSY 486 Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom 3
Elective 3
COM 417 Teaching of Speech and Theatre 3
(Portfolio Checkpoint II)
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

COM 490 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Speech and Theatre) 6
COM 491 Supervised Teaching (Secondary Speech and Theatre) 6
Student teaching meetings are held each January for the coming academic year. Attendance is required. You are required to participate in all extra-curricular activities with your cooperating teaching to receive the full 12 hours of credit.
Total hours12

GPA requirements include: 2.5 on all course work; no grade lower than a “C” in all professional education courses. Other requirements include: CBASE and PRAXIS exams; completion of portfolio checkpoints I, II, and III. This is a comprehensive major with no minor required for this major. Periodicity warning: COM 322 special section for education majors (Fall); COM/THE 417 (Fall); COM 536 (Spring).