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Speech Communication and Theatre For BSE Minor

Expand your capabilities as a high school teacher when you choose a minor that helps you learn to teach other subjects. If you enjoy the performing arts or want to help students strengthen their communication skills, consider the University of Central Missouri’s interdisciplinary Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE minor. It’s a great fit with the many Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degrees offered at UCM, including English, Mathematics and Social Studies.

Enhance your value with the Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE minor

In the Speech Communication and Theatre program at UCM, you’ll get a time-tested education from decades of experience. We continue to evolve our practices to meet the needs of future educators. All of our classes are available on our Warrensburg campus for the traditional college experience, but you may also choose to take some classes online for flexible options in completing your minor along with your bachelor’s degree. The result is expanded knowledge and skills that enhance your value to high school administrators.


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15:1 or less program student-to-faculty ratio

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NAST-accredited theater courses

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Some classes offered online

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Interdisciplinary program curriculum

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State champion speech and debate team

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Hands-on theater training

What you will study

Enjoy UCM’s interdisciplinary approach to your Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE minor, which allows you to learn from award-winning instructors with direct experience in their respective areas. You’ll study acting, directing and stagecraft, as well as communication theory and speech and debate, so you’ll know how to teach your future students all these aspects.

You can complete the Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE minor in one to two years, depending on how many classes you devote to your minor each semester. Small class sizes enable personal interaction with UCM professors and your peers for connections you can carry into your career.


Excellence in Speech Communication and Theatre

  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • The UCM speech and debate team — the UCM Talking Mules — was named Missouri's 2021 state champion.
  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 6%: Most Popular Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Popular College for Teacher Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Best Value in Education (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in Speech Communication and Theatre

You’ll have many exciting learning opportunities when you minor in Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE at the University of Central Missouri. Enhance your education and college experience when you:

  • Apply your learning on or behind the stage: You’ll work with UCM’s mainstage theater productions in a variety of capacities. You’ll also engage in different forms of debate. This applied learning approach ensures your ability to help your students be successful in either setting.
  • Take part in speech and debate: Strengthen your speech communication skills and learn how to lead your own school speech and debate team by joining UCM’s forensics and debate team — the UCM Talking Mules. You may compete in, plan or manage tournaments, with the potential to travel overseas.
  • Join UCM student organizations: Network with other Secondary Education students when you participate in Dr. Ed See’s Student Teachers’ Association and get to know future teachers. 
  • Strengthen your teamwork skills: Take part in our Richard Herman Black Box Theatre program and work with your peers to lead and produce 10–15 shows in our 100-seat theatre. You may produce your own musical or direct your favorite show, as examples, in this entirely student-led season.
  • Participate in related events: Join us on “field trips” to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival or the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Fall Conference. These, too, enable other educational and networking opportunities.


What can you do with a minor in Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE from UCM?

The additional knowledge and skills you gain as part of your Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE minor increases the value of your Secondary Education bachelor’s degree — and your marketability. This is especially true if you want to work at a smaller school where more educators are needed to teach across disciplines. Your additional training also provides strong preparation should you choose to pursue a Master of Science in Education in the future.

How to find speech and theater teacher jobs

UCM faculty will advise you along your academic path in preparation for your career in Missouri high schools. They can help you sort out which classes to take and whether additional certifications or professional exams are necessary to qualify for teaching jobs in speech and theater. In the meantime, use the interactive tool below to understand the market for speech and theater teachers.




Financial assistance options for your Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE minor

You’ll demonstrate greater value to high schools when you pair UCM’s Speech Communication and Theatre for BSE minor with your Bachelor of Science in Education degree. To help you get the education you need for diversifying your skills, the University of Central Missouri offers various resources for financing your education. You may also be able to apply for scholarships made available by UCM and our generous alumni and other supporters.

Secondary Education, Speech Communication or Theatre scholarships

As part of the Secondary Education bachelor’s degree program or student organizations such as theater or speech and debate, you may also qualify for additional scholarships. Search UCM Scholarship Finder to learn more.




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Explore programs related to theater.

You can satisfy any interest in performing arts or communication with one of these UCM minors not specific to secondary education:


Professional Organizations and Student Groups

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

● American College Dance Association

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri


● Southeast Theatre Conference

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews

●Theta Alpha Phi 

● UCM Dance Club 

● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition

Theatre Learning Community

The Theatre Learning Community located in Nickerson Hall is designed for students minoring in or majoring in theatre. This designated housing area provides close proximity to the department’s Black Box Theatre, a lounge to rehearse lines and blocking, a fully equipped dance studio and access to dining facilities.

Performance and Design Technology Opportunities

● KCACTF Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions

● KCACTF Professional Auditions

● UCM Main Stage Production Program

● Studio Theatre One-Act Series

● Richard Herman Black Box Theatre Program

● Film Makers And Actors' Coalition

● Assistant Design or Design in Main Stage Season 

● Stage Manage or Assistant Stage Manage in Main Stage Season

● Technical Direction or Assistant Technical Direction in Main Stage Season

● Front of House Operations

● Box Office Management

● Public Relations Assistant

● Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

● Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri


● Southeast Theatre Conference

● U/RTA Auditions and Portfolio Reviews


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