Secondary Education: Speech and Theatre Certification
Required Courses for the Secondary Education: Speech and Theatre Certification
Performing Arts and Education courses (30 credits)
- PER 415
Contemporary Theories of Theatre3 credits
Students will study the intersections of Theatre and
Anthropology, Theatre and Ritual, Post-modern theory
and performance, and Theatre for Social Change.
Prerequisite: PER 314.
- EDU 500
Behavior Management Techniques3 credits
This course addresses theories and principles of behavior management for classrooms. Models of discipline and motivation and their applications to classrooms are a central focus with an emphasis on establishing positive learning environments through use of appropriate behavior management techniques. The student chooses one approach to classroom/behavior management to explore in depth. Topics and activities apply to all levels, regular and special education, from preschool through secondary.
- PER 518
Advanced Directing3 credits
Students will produce directing plans in which they explore style, concept, composition, and language in a variety of plays. A complete director’s promptbook and the production of a full-length or one-act play will be the final project.
- PER 530
Theatre Synthesis3 credits
Students will attend and critique productions in the St. Louis area and meet for seminars with local professional actors, directors, stage managers, and artistic directors.
- EDU 531
The Contemporary Classroom3 credits
This course offers an intensive overview of the contemporary classroom. The student will observe classrooms at the level of certification sought and reflect on those observations. Students will gain an understanding of the overall context of the classroom and its relationship to the role of education in society. The course is calculated to assist post-BA students, aspiring to enter the teaching profession, to arrive at an informed decision regarding this career choice. Thirty (30) hours of observation are required in addition to class attendance. Background Check Required.
- EDU 541
Frameworks for Learning3 credits
This course deals with the application of psychological principles that promote the learning of individuals and groups. Knowledge from previous classes is built upon through an emphasis on the application of theories of learning into the classrooms, the importance of meeting individual differences in today’s diverse classrooms, incorporating classroom assessment into the learning process, and the implications for instruction, development, and design.
- EDU 542
The Teacher as Leader3 credits
This course will examine the changing role of the teacher in contemporary schools. Students will learn leadership skills and methods for impacting educational organizations. Students will be introduced to strategies for creating a climate for new ideas.
- EDU 550
Reading and Writing across the Curriculum3 hours
This course provides strategies for teaching vocabulary,
concepts, comprehension, reasoning, and organization in
specialty subject areas. Included are theoretical bases and
methodologies for incorporating reading and writing skills
within content areas of instruction.
- EDU 586
Studies in Disability and Exceptionality
This course is based on extensive study in areas of
disability and society, disability and the media, and the
civil rights quest of people with disabilities. Students will
attend speaker forums of experts in disabilities, will be
involved in meetings of a conference or organized
advocacy group, and prepare their own presentations on
appropriate topics to gain multiple perspectives of
ability/disability and an understanding of exceptionality
and disability culture.
- EDU 597
The Instructional Process3 hours
This course, taken the last semester prior to student
teaching/field experience, will build upon the previous
work in the MAT program related to curriculum/
instructional planning; understanding diverse learners and
differentiating instruction; the use of technology, behavior
management; reading strategies, etc. into a coherent
method for planning, delivering and assessing instruction.
Candidates will be provided instruction in the
instructional processes and products needed to complete
the culminating project for teacher certification.
Candidates will be required to present a model unit plan
which incorporates all factors of the instructional process
and work with a classroom teacher at the appropriate level
of certification to validate that model.
Speech and Theatre Certification Courses (43 credits)
- CIS 103
Microcomputer Applications in Education3 credits
Provides an introduction to the uses of technology in an educational setting. Emphasis of the course will be on integrating technology with classroom instruction. Students will learn skills related to word processing, spreadsheets and presentations as well as to evolving internet-based technologies. Promoting life-long learning and an understanding of the legal and ethical use of computer/technology resources will be an integral part of the course.
- COM 102
Public Speaking3 credits
Acquaints the student with a sound approach to the preparation and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. Students will study the fundamentals of organization, outlining, and supporting materials and apply these principles in the planning and delivery of several speeches before the class. Open to all students.
- COM 103
Interpersonal Communication3 credits
A study of the different methods of analyzing the self and
one-on-one relationships within the context of
interpersonal communication. Application of theory
through written analysis and small group interaction.
Examination of practical methods of improving our
communicative effectiveness in interpersonal
relationships. Open to all students.
- COM 260
Media, Technology, and Culture3 credits
An introduction to the theory and function of the mass media, with emphasis on the media’s cultural, ethical, and economic dimensions. Students will examine radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and computer as parts of an evolving information society.
- COM 430
Argumentation, Advocacy, and Debate3credits
A study of the various formats and strategies of argument. Development of debate techniques through research and classroom debate presentation. Prerequisite: COM 102.
- PER 101
Theatre Appreciation3 credits
An introduction to an awareness and appreciation of the
arts of the theatre and to an understanding of the play as a
literary form as well as a theatrical experience. Open to
- PER 111
Performance Techniques3 credits
Through creative drama exercises, students will develop
the tools of acting (concentration, observation, emotional
recall, rhythm, sense memory, and characterization).
These tools will be used in the development of characters
and the presentations of both improvised and scripted
scenes. Students will also develop physical and vocal skills
necessary for performers. Open to all students.
- PER 121
An introduction to backstage organization, scenic
construction, lighting, painting, and all related areas
involved in the physical mounting of a theatrical
production. Lecture and lab experience. Open to all
- PER 318
An introduction to the principles and techniques of direction for various spaces. Students will study the fundamentals of script analysis and the basic tools a director employs to communicate a performance event to an audience through the performers. In-class directing exercises and public performance of student-directed projects. Prerequisite: PER 111.
- PER 386
Methods of Teaching Speech & Theatre3 credits
Procedures, materials, applications, and problems of the curriculum in middle and high school with special emphasis on the basic course.
- PSY 200
Developmental Psychology3 credits
A study of the nature of human development across the life span. The course covers the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual for each of the major developmental periods: infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The psychosocial experience of aging and death is also examined.
- EDU 223
Introduction to Classroom Assessment3 credits
This course will introduce a variety of educational
assessment strategies used to inform instructional
decisions. Students will explore the many forms of
assessment including authentic/embedded assessment,
formal and informal assessment tools, group achievement
measures, and the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP).
Special attention will be given to the use of assessment
data to improve classroom teaching, to enhance
instructional planning for a diverse student population,
and to share information with various constituencies.
Prerequisites: EDU 203; EDU 200.
- EDU 451
Student Teaching at the Secondary Level10-16 credits
A minimum of twelve weeks of full-day sessions in directed observation and teaching in a secondary school setting, to include conferences with principals, cooperating teachers, and college supervisors. Those seeking K-12 certification in Art must complete four weeks in an elementary placement. Students may enroll for additional weeks for additional credit, up to sixteen credits. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher certification candidacy. Background Check Required
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