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Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - Speech/Theatre Concentration

Embrace the Challenge

Teaching middle school is both challenging and rewarding. With the Speech Communication and Theatre concentration in the BSE in Middle School-Junior High School degree, you will be prepared to teach both speech communication and theatre. Benefit from hands on learning with award-winning professors through a sequence of field experiences designed to foster professional and personal growth and development. Explore your creativity as you perform and compete while applying both theory and practical learning in the classroom and the field.

Excellent Placement Rates

Middle School majors have one of the highest employment rates in teacher education among UCM graduates. The teacher education program will prepare you to be a competent, caring, reflective teacher committed to the premise that all can learn.

Student Learning Objectives

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Middle School/Junior High School program to:

  • Apply knowledge when making curricular decisions, planning and implementing instruction, participating in middle level practices, and providing healthy and effective learning environments for all young adolescents.
  • Use knowledge and available resources to design, implement, and evaluate challenging, developmentally responsive curriculum that results in meaningful learning outcomes.
  • Define the developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools, and they work successfully within middle level organizational components.
  • Use and reflect on research related to data-informed instruction and assessment. Employ a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, information literacy skills, and technologies to meet the learning needs of all young adolescents.
  • Engage in practices and behaviors that develop their competence as middle level professionals. Demonstrate positive dispositions and engage in ethical professional behaviors.

Student Involvement

You will have multiple opportunities to be involved many student organizations:

  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Collegiate Middle Level Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Theta Alpha Phi

You will also have the opportunity to be involved in multiple aspects of performance life:

  • Mainstage productions
  • Studio Theatre productions
  • Dance productions
  • Black Box Experimental Theatre productions
  • Central Missouri Repertory
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Players
  • American College Dance Association
  • Southeast Theatre Conference



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




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