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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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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I've worked for DreamWorks Animation and currently am a DisneyToon Studios employee working on Planes: Fire and Rescue.

I graduated in 2003 and immediately moved to Los Angeles with my wife to break into the movie business (she's an MU graduate as well).  I found my way to DreamWorks Animation.  For nine great years, I worked with amazing teams of artists crafting entertainment enjoyed by people the world over.  I worked on everything from The Croods to Kung Fu Panda.  After finishing The Croods, I left DreamWorks and joined DisneyToon Studios where I currently handle #stereoscopic-camera-finaling on Planes: Fire and Rescue.  I go through every single shot of the movie and not only fine tune the camera work to make sure it's perfect, I also help creatively drive the 3D version of the movie. 

You may be wondering how my time at Marywood helped me get into the field of animation.  With its liberal arts core, Marywood better prepares you for your career than you might have imagined.  It's the foundation that you build upon.  You use the smaller class sizes to your advantage by creating bonds with your professors, who are working professionals in most cases.  For me, it was really exploring the technology and art of filmmaking.  This was a natural introduction into the world of computer-generated animation; an art form I have always loved.

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
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
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.