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Speech Communication and Theatre
Speech Option, Bachelor of Science in Education Degree
The Bachelor of Science in Education degree program is designed for communication and theatre students who would like to become secondary speech communication and theatre teachers. In addition to providing teacher certification in speech and theatre, this program emphasizes the humanities, fine arts, education and forensics, which provides a laboratory experience in which students compete nationally in impromptu, extemporaneous, informative, persuasive, after-dinner speaking, debate, and literature interpretation programs.
In the theatre program students begin work immediately in a busy and varied program. Performance opportunities are available in 25 to 30 productions each school year. Countless design, technical and crew positions are offered. Each semester there are two to three Mainstage productions, and students design and direct Studio Theatre one-act plays.
A world premiere of a new Children's Theatre script is staged each year for the public and for area school children. The department also produces an annual dance concert. In addition, students may become involved in acting, directing and writing plays for experimental Black Box theatre productions. Each summer Central Missouri Repertory creates professional opportunities for university theatre students.
All teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
At Central Missouri you will work side by side with a faculty of extraordinary educators and professional theatre and dance artists. The faculty at UCM are dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to find their unique voice as artists and share their visions, curiosities, bravery, and talents with a collaborative team that is the heart and soul of any theatrical, dance, and music production. Our faculty are leaders whose experience and professional work has a strong voice in state, regional, and the national arenas. They are active members of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, USITT, Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Our faculty teach and supervise courses in performance, directing stagecraft, theatre technology, design, theatre management, playwriting, theatre history, choreography, and all levels of dance. Students are assigned to a music theatre faculty member who personally assists in the planning of their programs.
Students are encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities that relate to their major. Communication organizations open to students include: Communication Honor Society (Lambda Pi Eta), International Association of Business Communicators, the National Broadcasting Association, Public Relations Student Society of America, Society of Professional Journalists, and Pi Kappa Delta.
Students can also participate in debate/forensics. Our nationally competitive team allows students to compete in a variety of debate and individual events. The team has won the Montgomery Cup six times (2001-2006), in an international debate competition held annually throughout Great Britain.
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Department of Theatre and Dance