The Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching Program at Eastern Michigan University offers undergraduate programs that lead to state endorsements. Our graduates find jobs as classroom teachers.

Undergraduate Programs

The Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching programs include a BS in Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching or a Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching minor. Along with the liberal arts requirements, the major program leads to teacher certification (BD).

  • Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching [BA]

    The Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching Major provides a comprehensive understanding of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts associated with teaching these subjects at the secondary level.

    What You Will Learn

    Closely coordinated with the Michigan Teacher Certification exam in Speech, you will be well equipped to teach in these academic areas and to direct co-curricular activities such as debate, forensics, theatre, and school broadcasting. You will be prepared to develop curriculum, lessons, activities, assignments and assessment tools for middle school and high school programs.

    Opportunities

    Certified teachers in Michigan with the Speech (BD) endorsement can teach Speech, Communication, Media, and Theatre Art in 6-12th grade classrooms. As a student in this program, you may seek advising, apply for scholarships, and participate in activities both in the Department of Communications, Media, and Theatre Arts (CMTA) in the College of Arts and Sciences, the home department for this major, and in the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education, home of the professional teaching courses. Numerous co-curricular opportunities are available to CMTA students including competitive collegiate teams in debate and forensics and EMU theatre, either on-stage or in production/technical roles. Several activities for involvement in EMU radio and television broadcasting will also be available to you.

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  • Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching Minor

    The Secondary Education Communication and Theatre Arts Teaching Minor along with skills acquired through a major course of study, provides an applicable understanding of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts associated with teaching these subjects to 6-12th grade classrooms.

    What You Will Learn

    You will have the opportunity to study listening behavior, interpersonal communications, directing, interpretive reading, theatre appreciation and digital media production. Additional courses in education and teaching methods will allow you to develop curriculum, lessons, activities, assignments and assessment tools for middle school and high school programs in each of these areas.

    Opportunities

    Successful completion of this minor, in the context of other program requirements, qualifies the student for recommendation for the Michigan Department of Education Speech (BD) endorsement. Certified teachers with the Speech endorsement can teach Speech, Communication, Media, and Theatre in 6-12th grade classrooms.

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At a Glance

Major

Minor

  • Average 24 credit hours depending on courses
  • Must be taken with a major course of study

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