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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:

  • Utilize critical thinking, communication and collaborative skills effectively in the interactive and creative process of theater.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching competence in speech communication and theatre.
  • Evaluate and constructively respond to various formats of messages, speeches, pieces, and debate cases by utilizing critical thinking, analysis, and listening skills.

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 Professor of Theatre
Martin 116A
Tel: 660-543-8793

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



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