Speech/Theatre Education

A degree which adds richness to your professional life 

Speech Communication and Theatre are two disciplines combined from a long tradition at the secondary level in Missouri. The curriculum gives equal balance to prepare prospective teachers to instruct, coach, direct and administer curricular and co-curricular drama, speech communication, media, debate and forensic classes and activities. Most elementary and secondary teaching positions require all three skills; the ability to direct, coach and administer all forensic activities in a school district. College students selecting this program often participate in collegiate activities to develop skills which prepare them to teach and direct all forensics in a school setting.

Opportunities with a Speech-Theatre Education degree

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Speech-Theatre major, a qualified teacher has the certification to teach either or both speech communication and theatre 7 - 12. In most schools, the teacher usually teaches both areas, has a competitive debate, drama and forensics program and directs plays and musicals. Most directors receive additional compensation for directing programs. Speech-Theatre teachers usually have many opportunities to work together and contribute to the work of running competitive events. They form collegial associations and do much coordination of schedules and events. They have richness in their professional life because of so many opportunities to model the skills and competencies that they teach. A good mentoring relationship is key to first year survival. Speech-Theatre educators from the Missouri Southern program have a sterling reputation throughout the state and nation. Southwest Missouri is one of the most recognized areas of the country for its highly successful competitive programs. This translates into many teaching opportunities for graduates of the program. The median age for educators in this field in Missouri is 57; job outlook is good in a 100 mile radius

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), Speech Communication and Theatre major

The curriculum for the speech communication and theatre education degree program is a joint effort between the Department of Teacher Education, Department of Communication and Department of Theatre.

You may also be interested in: Education, Secondary Education (9-12), Speech Communication, Theatre

Teacher Education Department

School of Education


Mr. Ward H. Bryant
Head, Department of Communication
Webster Hall 362
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417-625-9710

Dr. Deborah Brown
Department Chair, Teacher Education Department
Taylor Hall Room 225
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625-3060

Dr. Jim Lile
Department Chair, Theatre Department
Taylor Performing Arts Center 237
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
Phone 417.625.9656