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Communications: Instructional Grade 7-12 Certification

Direct Your Love of Theater to the Classroom Setting with Communications Certification

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. The certification area includes: English, theater, and non-print media.

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.

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

  • Professional theater/communications techniques training and pedagogical instruction
  • Certification includes English, theater, and non-print media
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 required

Certification Information:

  • Teacher certification requires completion of an approved program and qualifying scores on state tests.
  • On the undergraduate level, students must earn their bachelor's degree in their specialty area and in education.
  • On the graduate level, students can pursue the certification only or the certification and the MAT degree.

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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation

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The Education Program is located in the The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues. This facility contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space.
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Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts

2300 Adams Avenue
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The Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts is a three-story structure that houses the Music, Theatre, & Dance (MTD) department. The facility includes a 1110-seat performance space which contains a proscenium stage, orchestra pit, dressing rooms, box offices, control room, backstage area and the ability to fly scenery. Other features include sound and lighting boards, a 9-foot Steinway grand piano and 7-foot Steinway grand piano (on stage), a Mason & Hamlin grand piano (orchestra pit), and large Allen electronic organ. The facility also houses several studios, classrooms and practice rooms, a music therapy lab and clinical observation room, recital room, dance studio, electronic music lab, piano lab, and a Black Box Theatre.

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Sette LaVerghetta Center Theatre

2300 Adams Avenue
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The Sette LaVerghetta Center Theatre is a 1,100-seat main stage theatre and concert hall for all University-related events.

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McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies

1201 University Avenue
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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students.

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