Speech Communication (7-12) with Teacher Certification

Students interested in gaining certification by the Texas Education Agency to reach Speech Communication in grades 7 through 12 will take courses from the Communication and Rhetoric Major. In addition, students must take professional education courses in the College of Education.

Graduates who become certified teachers in speech communications will teach courses covering topics in communication applications, which is a required course for graduation from Texas public high schools. Topics include the process of communication, verbal messages, nonverbal behavior, listening skills, ethical responsibilities of communicators, leadership styles, group participation responsibilities, problem-solving, managing conflicts, and effective personal and professional presentations. In many Texas secondary schools, the speech communications instructor also serves as the coach for the school’s speech and debate team.

All students must complete the Liberal Arts Core in addition to the below listed coursework.

Pre-Education Requirements:

EDUC 2320 Learning and Development
EDUC 2330 Foundations of American Education Thought

Courses Taken After Admission to Teacher Certification Program:

Course No. Course Name
EDBI 4304 Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDBI 4305 Second Language Acquisition 3
EDRE 4330 Teaching Content Area Reading Skills 3
EDSP 4302 Survey of Exceptional Children 3
EDSP 4311 Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching for Exceptional Children 3
EDUC 4100 TExES State Certification Exam Preparation Seminar 1
ETEC 4306 Educational Applications of Technology 3
EDUC 4311 Curriculum & Instruction in the Secondary School 3
EDUC 4320 Teaching Methodology for Secondary Teachers** 3
EDUC 4400 Clinical Teaching Seminar 4
EDUC 4894 Clinical Teaching in High School Grades 8
Speech Communication
WRIT 3383 Advanced Grammar and Writing 3
COMM 1323 Rhetoric and Public Speaking 3
COMM 2313 Public Speaking 3
COMM 3323 Communication Theory 3
COMM Rhetorical Studies / Any 3 courses (9 hours) from: 3325, 3334, 3336, 3355, 4314, 4315 9
COMM Communication Studies / Any 3 courses (9 hours) from: 3324, 3345, 3354, 3363, 4304, 4323, 4373, JMC 3325 9

**Drawing on the subject-specific training and expertise of our faculty, EDUC 4320 provides subject-specific methods of instruction via textbooks, teaching, and assignments aligned with standards for teacher preparation at the state and national levels. Each assignment and assignment rubric is keyed to state and national teacher preparation standards, and allows for collaboration, feedback, practice in teaching via lessons in the college classroom, and fieldwork in local, diverse schools, and supports learning groups. Students enroll in the course section of EDUC 4320 that pertains to their subject.