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.


First semester (fall)

First semester courses Credit hours
GEP 101 or UHC 1102
Choose one of the following: CIS 101; CSC 101; CSC 111; pass competency exam2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENG 110 Writing I3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
THE 150 Introduction to Theatre Technology2
THE 151 Introduction to Theatre Technology Lab1
Total hours16

Second semester (spring)

Second semester courses Credit hours
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches3
MTH 135 College Algebra (or higher)3
General Education Self-Understanding - Creativity and Vision Perspective3
MED 120 Mass Media and Society3
THE 130 Introduction to Script Analysis3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
Total hours17

Third semester (fall)

Third semester courses Credit hours
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
COM 209 Survey of Communication Theory3
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching0
COM 322 Introduction to Argumentation3
THE 222 Acting Fundamentals3
General Education - Natural World4
Total hours16

Fourth semester (spring)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
(Take the C-Base test. CARR 311)
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 18773
COM 205 Interpersonal Communication Theory and Skills3
THE 323 Acting-Performance and Literature3
General Education Self-Understanding - Humanities3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
THE 430 Directing I3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology3
RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields2
COM 332 Small Group Communication3
COM 532 Teaching Debate3
General Education - Culture and Society - Humanities3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media3
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students2
COM 536 Directing Forensics2
ENG 310 Writing II: Writing for Graduate and Professional Schools3
Total hours16

Seventh semester (fall)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
COM Elective3
EDC 350 School and Society3
PSY 486 Management and Assessment in the Middle and Secondary Classroom3
COM 417 Teaching of Speech and Theatre3
(Portfolio Checkpoint II)
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

Eighth semester courses Credit hours
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).