Share your passion for public speaking and performing by becoming a speech communication and theatre teacher. In choosing the University of Central Missouri for your teaching degree, you’ll be equipped to do that and more.
By helping middle school and junior high students develop their communication and self-expression skills, you’ll also give them the confidence they need to take on their adolescent years. Complete your Bachelor of Science in Education degree in UCM’s Middle School Education program for Speech and Theatre to get the specific education and training you need for the crucial job at hand.
An accredited speech and theatre teacher degree for middle-level education
Middle school and junior high students have different needs than kids of other age groups. To help you best reach and teach them, UCM offers a stand-alone middle-level education program. In fact, our program is the largest in Missouri and has been recognized nationally by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE).
You’ll also work closely in our Theatre and Dance Department, which holds accreditation by the National Association for Schools of Theatre. Let our tradition of excellence give you confidence in the well-rounded education you’ll receive at UCM.
99% job placement rate
CAEP accredited and AMLE recognized
Nationally accredited Theatre program
Taught by former middle-level educators
Early and extensive field learning
Several student associations to join
Your journey to become a speech communication and theatre teacher will start on UCM’s Warrensburg campus. Learn from our faculty who have all worked in middle-level education and are committed to helping you become a capable and thoughtful educator. They’ll also guide you and provide feedback as you balance coursework while gaining teaching experience in a middle school or junior high classroom. This will begin in your sophomore year and continue throughout the program, so you’ll be proficient and comfortable in leading your own classroom as a student teacher.
Speech communication and theatre teacher coursework
Get to the root of your desire to become a speech communication and theatre teacher with a wide array of topics in speech and theatre. Courses cover communication, acting and stagecraft, among others designed for our middle-level education program.
We also offer a minor specifically designed to complement this BSE program. The Speech Communication and Theatre minor for BSE will help you sharpen your focus and extend your learning to broaden your teaching skills.
At the University of Central Missouri, we ensure you’ll be able to connect what you learn in our classrooms to your own classroom. That’s why we dedicate generous hours to field learning and offer other ways to get involved in teaching, performing and socializing. After all, the best teachers practice what they teach. Opportunities include:
The University of Central Missouri’s Middle School-Junior High Education program has experienced a 99% employment rate. We attribute this to extensive teacher preparation, the high demand for middle school and junior high teachers and relationships we maintain with area school districts. In fact, school administrators often begin their search for teacher job candidates at UCM, knowing you’ll be ready for the classroom on day one
Your career prospects as a speech and theatre teacher
Your UCM degree will license you to teach students in grades 5 through 9, which includes high school freshmen. Our faculty will work with and advocate for you to help you understand your teaching career options closer to graduation. However, you can get a glimpse of your future in the classroom when you use the interactive tool below today.
Completing your Speech Communication and Theatre Teacher degree is an investment in your future and ultimately that of your students. As you plan your own education, you may also be looking for financial assistance. The University of Central Missouri is committed to affordability with information on loans, grants and work study.
In addition to general scholarship opportunities, many scholarships are available exclusively to Education majors. Here are a few specific to the Speech and Theatre concentration:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Middle School/Junior High School program to:
You will have multiple opportunities to be involved many student organizations:
You will also have the opportunity to be involved in multiple aspects of performance life:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
This program has been nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)
UCM’s Theatre and Dance Department is nationally accredited by the National Association for Schools of Theatre