Do you want to help students pursue their passion for theatre or build their speech communications skills? Consider a career as a teacher and lead students in developing the vital communication skills they’ll need for success in the classroom. At the University of Central Missouri, we offer a bachelor’s in Secondary Education specific to Speech Communication and Theatre. Get hands-on training to lead in the classroom, produce and direct productions and coordinate and coach speech and debate.
Earn a recognized speech and theatre teacher degree
At UCM, not only will you benefit from our multidisciplinary approach to preparing teachers in speech communications and theatre, you’ll also receive a high-quality education from a respected institution. This is demonstrated by our accreditations, our award-winning theatrical productions and the national recognition our speech and debate team has earned — all evidence of our commitment to excellence in your education.
We’re excited to welcome you to our Warrensburg campus for classes. Some courses are also available online for your convenience. Wherever you are, you’ll enjoy the real-world experiences offered at UCM as you study to become a theatre and speech teacher in secondary education.
CAEP- and NAST-accredited
High job placement rate
15:1 or less departmental student-to-faculty ratio
State champion speech and debate team
Hands-on learning in two UCM theaters
Two program advisors for your success
Enjoy a well-rounded curriculum when you learn how to become a theatre and speech teacher at UCM. You’ll dive deep into each discipline, receiving training in your content areas, as well as that specific to teaching high school students:
Be confident as you prepare for your future as a speech or theatre teacher
UCM faculty are highly educated and trained in their respective areas. Every step of the program, they’re dedicated to your success and focused on preparing you for student teaching in your last semester. Starting your junior year, we’ll begin work on your placement — with the goal of getting you into your desired school.
Most students complete their BSE degree — learning how to become a theatre teacher as well as a speech teacher and being ready to lead a classroom on day one — in four years.
At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll grow into a capable speech and theatre teacher by participating in hands-on learning opportunities:
With your UCM Theatre and Speech Communications degree specific to Secondary Education, you’ll qualify to take the Missouri State Board of Education assessments. After you pass, you’ll be ready to serve as a speech and theatre teacher in Missouri high schools.
Where UCM graduates go to work as theatre and speech teachers
Employers often tell us that UCM Education graduates begin their careers well-rounded in their content areas and prepared to teach, lead, direct and coach. We’ve been able to maintain a 100% job placement rate for our students, who go on to work in the Kansas City area and surrounding towns. Some even accept positions in other states after transferring their teaching license.
Plan your career as a speech and theatre teacher using the interactive tool below to view the opportunities that await you.
As you research how to become a theatre teacher or speech teacher, know that UCM offers ways to help finance your education. Explore your options for loans, grants, work-study opportunities and scholarships.
What scholarships are available to me?
UCM and our alumni and supporters make available tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships every year for Secondary Education majors in Speech Communications and Theatre. These are just some of the possibilities:
Other scholarships, including those specific to theatre and speech and debate, are also available. Use the UCM Scholarship Finder to search for opportunities.
Explore programs related to speech communications and theatre.
If you’re interested in speech communications, theatre or both, you may also want to consider these UCM undergraduate degrees:
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
UCM's Theatre and Dance Department is nationally accredited by the National Association for Schools of Theatre