Grades 7 through 12 Speech Certification (Communication Studies)

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The B.A./B.S. in Speech Grades 7-12 Teacher Certification (Communication Studies academic major) is designed for students who want to obtain Texas certification to teach speech and communication related courses in grades 7-12. The Communication Studies major prepares students to plan, organize, and direct learning activities for the secondary communication studies classroom. To be eligible for Texas certification, students must follow the guidelines set by State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) for grades 7-12.

Students pursuing the Communication Studies academic major follow a course of study which also includes required components in General Studies and Professional Responsibility. Students must be admitted into the Educator Preparation Program according to the policies set by the College of Education.

I. General Studies Requirements (54-70 semester hours)

Professional Responsibility (12 semester hours):

COMA 4010, EDUC 2312, 3312, 4021, and 4608

III. Academic MajorCommunication Studies (54 semester hours)
(At least 42 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level)
  A. Interdisciplinary Requirements: (24 semester hours)
COMA 4324 Pedagogy of Speech Communication
EDUC 3302 Development of Infants, Children, and Adolescents
EDUC 4312 Teaching Special Populations (S-L)

EDUC 4313

Discipline and Classroom Management in Culturally Diverse Settings
EDUC 4314 Best Practices in Teaching
READ 4331 Reading in the Content Area
TECH 4320 Pedagogy of Speech Communication
ESLS 4304 Methods in Teaching ESL
  B. Content: Communication Studies (30 semester hours)
COMA 2302 Voice and Articulation
COMA 2304 Introduction to Broadcast/Digital Media
COMA 2305 Interpersonal Communication
COMA 3301 Nonverbal Communication
COMA 3302 Public Forum Debate
COMA 3303 Small Group Communication
COMA 3308 Persuasive Communication
COMA 3319 Visual Communication
COMA 4301 Readers Theater
COMA 4320 Technology in Communication
IV. Electives (0-12 semester hours)
Sufficient to complete 126-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester hours.


TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED                                                    126-130

NOTE: Degree plan subject to adjustment as state policy changes.


Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University

DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


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