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.

Retention in the Educator Preparation Program:

Students must maintain and graduate with an overall institutional GPA of 3.0 and must maintain and graduate with an institutional GPA of 3.0 in his or her teaching field/academic concentration.


I. General Studies Requirements (55-54 semester hours)

Professional Responsibility (12 semester hours):

COMA 4010, EDUC 3313*, 3320*, 4021, and 4608*

III. Interdisciplinary Academic Major Requirements (54 semester hours)
(At least 42 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level)
  COMA 2302 Voice and Articulation
  COMA 2304 Introduction to Broadcast/Digital Media
  COMA 3301 Nonverbal Communication
  COMA 3302 Public Forum Debate
  COMA 3303 Small Group Communication
  COMA 3308 Persuasive Communication
  COMA 3319 Visual Communication
  COMA 3350 Social Media
  COMA 4301 Readers Theater
  COMA 4320 Technology in Communication
  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
  EDUC 4320* Instructional Technology
  ESLS 4304* Methods in Teaching ESL
  READ 4331* Reading in the Content Area










(B.A.) If 1000 level foreign language is required, the total is 129.        (8)      0


TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED                                                                       121-120


*Indicates Signature Course requiring download of Signature Assessments in TaskStream Reminder.
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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