Secondary Education Major—Speech Concentration, Bachelor of Science
See also Performance Studies Major
Teaching the timeless art of interpretive speech prepares students for acting, education, and other fields in which creative communication is key. More than simply reciting memorized material, performance artists who are taught well can inspire and motivate audiences through spoken and unspoken communication. Future speech teachers learn directing techniques, various forms of verbal presentations, and performance analysis skills. To prepare students to teach this broad and adaptable subject, PCC’s speech education concentration equips students in interpretation, public speaking, and dramatic productions so that they can lead classrooms, performances, and more.
The purpose of the secondary education major is to prepare students to teach in a Christian school by equipping them with a Christian-traditional philosophy of subject content and teaching methods, practical teaching skills, and a servant’s heart.
Students in the secondary education speech concentration must also choose a second teaching field.
Graduates of the secondary education program will be able to
- apply a Christian-traditional philosophy of education to purposes, content, and methods of teaching;
- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject content unique to their selected concentration and second teaching field;
- demonstrate proficiency in the use of methods and materials appropriate for the traditional secondary classroom;
- organize, establish, and manage an effective learning environment;
- demonstrate knowledge of the learner with ability to teach him;
- teach effectively in a Christian junior high or high school;
- integrate biblical Christian values in teaching; and
- exhibit the professional qualities required of successful teachers.
Recommended Course Sequence
- Christian school teacher
- School administrator
- Public speaker
- Church ministry
When I decided to study speech education, I had no idea what I would experience other than learning about acting and speaking publicly. In four years, I had the opportunity to do many practice teachings, act in several plays for the college, complete a teaching internship at a real school, and even prepare an entire recital! While it may sound like a lot, it felt so much easier with the help of amazing faculty who pushed me well beyond my comfort zone to help me become a better speaker, teacher, and servant for the Lord.