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Secondary Education, BSE - Speech Communication and Theatre

Change Lives Through Performance

With a BSE in Secondary Education degree-Speech Communication and Theatre option, you will be prepared to teach both speech communication and theatre in high schools, middle schools, and career and continuing education centers. You will enjoy hands-on learning opportunities with award-winning professors. Compete on the international recognized speech and debate team. Learn to host, run and tabulate a speech/debate tournament. Explore your creativity in the Richard Herman Black Box Theatre Program. With these opportunities and a mainstage season of 10-15 productions, you will be encouraged to take leadership roles both on and off the stage.


100% Placement Rate

Graduates who seek a teaching position and do not limit themselves geographically enjoy a 100% placement rate.

Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in this program to:

  • Teach essential elements of speech communication and theatre at secondary school levels.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the fundamentals of communication.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of public speaking concepts and principles.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of the theory and practice of argumentation and debate.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of communication ethics.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of school forensics through experiential co-curricular activities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of mass communication concepts, principles and basic techniques.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively in the interactive and creative process of theatre.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the historical, cultural, and stylistic dimensions of drama and theatre.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in order to analyze and interpret a script for the purpose of developing a concept and systematic plan for the production of a play.
  • Form, communicate, and defend value judgments about quality and aesthetics in works of theatre.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the areas of acting and directing in order to create and present theatrical performances.
  • Demonstrate a basic proficiency in the areas of theatre design and technology in order to create and present theatrical productions.
  • Technically direct and direct one-act plays for public performance and successfully fulfill significant production assignments in the department’s mainstage and/or children’s theatre series.

Student Involvement

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

  • The Talking Mules Speech and Debate Team
  • National Communication Association
  • Pi Kappa Delta
  • Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri
  • 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
  • Theta Alpha Phi



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



Lead Content Faculty

Dr. Aaron Scully
Assistant Instructor
Martin 116A
Tel: 660-543-8793

Dr. Nicole Freeman
Associate Professor
Martin 136
Tel: 660-543-4858



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