Communications (Theater)

Do you have a love of theater? Would you like to help students learn how to apply their creative selves in communication?

Communications teachers help students bring meaning to their experiences and the experiences of others through the use of language and all those behaviors, verbal and nonverbal, associated with the usage of language.

The primary component of theater – dialogue – provides a uniquely effective method for studying the communicative functions of human language. Our communications certification program provides professional theater and communication techniques training and pedagogical instruction to prepare you to work in secondary school settings. This certification allows you to teach English language arts, theater, speech/public speaking, journalism and non-print media in grades 7-12. Courses emphasize pedagogical/communications skills, curricular development, and assessment.

Teacher certification requires a minimum GPA of 3.0, completion of field and student teaching experiences, and passing of PRAXIS tests.

Specialty Courses

 

Basic Theater Requirements

 

THEA 113

Introduction to Theatre

3

THEA 130A

Theatre Lab

1

THEA 247A

Stage Management

2

THEA 341

Theatre History

2

THEA 342A

Tragedy in Dramatic Literature

2

THEA 342B

Comedy in Dramatic Literature

2

THEA 451

Capstone Project

3

 

Theater Education Component

 

COMM 112

Communication Theory

3

THEA 230A or B

Theatre Lab

1

THEA 330A or B

Theatre Lab

1

THEA 430A or B

Theatre Lab

1

ENGL 400

Structure of Linguistics

3

THEA 241

Fundamentals of Acting

3

THEA 247B

Scenic Design

2

THEA 247C

Lighting and Sound Design

2

THEA 347

Fundamentals of Directing

3

ENGL 412

Methods of Teaching English

3

Education Requirements

COURSE #

COURSE NAME

CREDITS

EDUC 000 Field Experience (minimum of 100 clock hours of observation and participation) 0
PSYC 514 Human Development 3
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education 3
SPED 507 Characteristics of Mildly Impaired Learner 3
EDUC 005E Practicum Block 1
EDUC 523 Seminar: Psychology of Education 3
EDUC 411A Effective Instruction Secondary/K-12 3
R ED 526 Teaching Content Area Reading 3
SPED 539 Behavior Management Approaches 3
EDUC 561 Methods, Materials and Assessment ESL 3
Varies Content Area Methods 3
SPED 511 Curriculum for Special Needs Learners (taken w/ student teaching) 3
EDUC 591 Student Teaching 1.5,1.5
EDUC 598B Special Topics in Student Teaching (Seminar) (Taken w/ student teaching) 3
EDUC 554* Learning Theories 3
EDUC 501* Research Theory 3

*Courses required for M.A.T. Degree.