Program Requirements

If you are pursuing a degree in speech and theatre education, you must meet the below requirements to be eligible for graduation. Also, you must complete the general education program, fulfill the general baccalaureate degree requirements and complete at least 120 hours of coursework.

Within the speech and theatre education program, you may select either the communication or theatre option. As an education major, your final semester at Missouri State must be during either the spring or fall to account for your student teaching responsibilities.

Major requirements (44 hours):

Students interested in teaching speech and theatre at the secondary level may choose one of two options: One option emphasizes communication (see below) and the other emphasizes theatre (see Department of Theatre and Dance). Both options meet state certification requirements for Speech and Theatre Education.

Major core (32 hours):
  1. Core: COM 115(3), 322(3), 532(3), 534(3), 536(2); THE 130(3), 150(2), 151(1), 222(3), 323(3), 430(3); MED 120(3).
  2. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of COM 491(6).
Communication Option (12 hours):
  1. COM 205(3), 209(3).
  2. Six hours from: COM 307(3), 320(3), 321(3), 328(3), 332(3), 336(3), 350(3), 405(3), 512(3); THE 505(3), 506(3), 510(3), 515(3), 530(3), 541(3), 542(3).

Professional Education requirements (41 hours):

Note: A grade of “C” or better in each course is required for state certification.

  1. Teaching methods and supervised teaching (15 hours): COM 417(3), 490(6), 491(6).
  2. Additional Professional Education Required Core and Competencies (26 hours).
  3. This program also requires compliance with the Teacher Education Program for eligibility to enroll in Professional Education courses; admission to and continuance in the Teacher Education Program; approval for supervised teaching; and recommendation for certification which includes following GPA requirements. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.
    1. at least a 2.75 GPA on all course work attempted at all colleges attended.
    2. at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study) which includes all courses listed under major requirements.
    3. at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area.
    4. at least a 3.00 GPA in the professional education courses which includes all courses in number 1 and 2; and no grade lower than a "C" in all professional education courses.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements