Communication Arts: Secondary Education


  • Theatre or Non-Print Media (Digital Media and Broadcasting)
  • 7-12 Certifiication in English, theatre, speech, journalism, non-print media 

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Communication Arts: Secondary Education at Marywood

To fulfill secondary school teacher certification requirements, students must complete:
- The professional educational sequence.
- A group of courses totaling 15 credits under basic requirements.
- One core area of 15 credits as a major specialization in either Theatre Arts or non-print Media
- Two literature courses and two courses from Communication core areas other than the major specialization.

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While serving as Faculty at the Academy of Art Univ in San Francisco, my film production company is developing cooking shows, films, and other 21st century entertainment.

The Communication Arts department allowed me to understand and develop an aesthetic for my art and gave me a good foundation on technical skills that has served me well to this day.  Moreover, the liberal arts based education at Marywood instilled a lifelong love of learning and exploration.  My education was one where I felt we were gathering inspiration and expert knowledge from a host of mentors, applying many different fields of study to better our understanding of our own departments.

Throughout my career; in radio (locally WBHT, WARM, WMGS and later KFOG in San Francisco, theater (both in Northeast Pennsylvania and West Coast productions), cinema (my 6 years at Lucasfilm and in my own film endeavors), and education (my positions at the Academy of Art University), I have always felt the influence of Marywood.  

I currently have two careers.  My film production company is busy developing cooking shows, feature films, and a host of other 21st century entertainment.  I also serve as Sound Design Curriculum Coordinator and Full Time Faculty at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. 

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Requirements -- All Majors

The following courses are required for all Communication Arts students, in Advertising/Public Relations, Digital Media, and Broadcast Journalism (23 credits):

COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech Communication 2
COMM 112 Communication Theory
COMM 115 News Writing
COMM 130B First-Year Practicum
COMM 230A and B Communication Arts Practicum
COMM 233 Video Production I
COMM 233L Video Production I Lab 0
COMM 330A and B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
COMM 336 Broadcast Newswriting
COMM 430A or B Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production 
COMM 451 Coordinating Seminar in Communication Arts

Note: Seniors must take 430A or 430B during the semester in which they are not registered for COMM 451.

Secondary School Teacher Certification in Communication Arts

with Specialization in Non­Print Media

To fulfill secondary school teacher certification requirements, students must complete:

Non­print Media Core

COMM 112 Communication Theory 3
COMM varies Practicum 5
COMM 231 Audio Production 3
COMM 233 Video Production I 3
COMM 237 New Communications Technologies 3
COMM 433 Educational Telecommunications 3
COMM 451 Coordinating Seminar in Communication Arts 3
ENGL 412A Teaching Writing 3
ENGL 412B Teaching Literature 3
ENGL varies English Electives 6

Choose 6 credits from the following:

THEA 113

Introduction to Theatre 3
THEA 241 Fundamentals of Acting 3
THEA 247A Stage Management 2
THEA 247B Scenic Design 2
THEA 247C Lighting/Sound Design 2
THEA 347 Fundamentals of Directing 3

Professional Education Requirements

EDUC 000 Field Experience (ongoing) ongoing
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K-12 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education .5,.5
PSYC 252 Psychology of the Adolescent 3
*EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
*EDUC 411A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education 3
*EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
**SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
*SPED 367 Behavior and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 442 Student Teaching 9
*EDUC 461 Methods, Materials, & Assessment of ELL 3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

Also see Education Department for a description of admission and retention criteria and further course requirements.

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.