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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Speech Concentration

Inspire Confident, Clear Communication

Understanding how to effectively communicate is an essential skill for every career. With a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a speech concentration, you’ll be able to help high school students articulate thoughts clearly, ethically, and effectively. If you love theater or are interested in helping students improve their communication abilities, then the speech concentration is perfect for you!

Pensacola Christian College offers a speech concentration that will provide the technical and biblical foundation you need to be a successful speech teacher or stage director at a Christian secondary school. Through your education and speech classes, you’ll develop poise and confidence in your teaching and public speaking methods. You’ll also master the essential elements of lesson plans, oral interpretation, stage movement, dramatic productions, stage design, theater, drama, and persuasive speeches. Each concept will give you the strong foundation needed to effectively teach your speech class the art of communication.

You’ll gain valuable hands-on experience in classroom instruction and theatrical production during a high school teaching internship at PCA. To give you more opportunities for employment, you’ll choose a second teaching field in addition to your major concentration. Whether you dream of being an inspiring secondary school teacher or designing and directing productions, a speech concentration opens the door for a broad career path—both on and off the stage.

Faith-Based Speech Education

PCC’s distinctively Christian speech concentration focuses on God’s Word and proven teaching methods as the foundations of effective communication. Speech classes taught with a Christian worldview will teach you how to instruct through the lens of Scripture and formulate insightful responses to everyday challenges in the classroom, in theater, and in stage production. Your classes will integrate faith, effective speaking principles, traditional education practices, and practical classroom experience.

Dramatic Production

Secondary Education Learning Outcomes

As a secondary education graduate, you will be equipped to

  • apply a Christian-traditional philosophy of education to purposes, content, and methods of teaching;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of subject content unique to your 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.

Program Highlight

Secondary Teaching Internship

In your senior year, you’ll take the final step toward preparing for a successful teaching career: leading your very own classes during your Secondary Teaching Internship (SE 420). During this capstone course, you will study proven teaching methods, observe master teachers, practice teaching your peers, and teach lessons at Pensacola Christian Academy. During the Teaching Internship, students teach speech classes, oversee speech club, and work with students preparing for various programs.

Mentored by an experienced PCA teacher, you can gain experience as you participate in every aspect of teaching—eventually becoming fully responsible for your own class. Teaching in both your primary concentration and your second teaching field, you’ll refine the skills you need to become an excellent teacher and lead your first class with confidence.

Your Speech Education Future

What can you do with a secondary education degree, speech concentration?

When you complete your bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a speech concentration from PCC, you’ll be fully equipped to direct stage productions or teach high school speech, drama, and theater in a Christian school—or you may continue your education by pursuing a graduate degree. Although the education degree programs do not lead to state licensure, graduates are qualified to receive teacher certification through the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Christian School Teacher
  • Church Ministry
  • Community Theater Director
  • Director
  • Drama Teacher
  • Homeschool Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Public Speaker
  • School Administrator
  • Stage Director

Here are a few of the grad schools our speech concentration alumni have attended.

  • Baylor University
  • Bob Jones University
  • California Baptist University
  • Faulkner University
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Liberty University
  • Luther Rice Seminary
  • Maranatha Baptist University
  • Regent University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of West Florida
  • West Coast Bible College and Seminary

Here are a few of the many places that our speech concentration alumni have worked.

  • Bill Rice Ranch Christian Academy
  • Great Hope Baptist School, Chesapeake, VA
  • Providence Christian Academy, Warrenton, VA
  • Shades Mountain Independent Church, Birmingham, AL
  • Trinity International University
  • University of Alabama
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Wildfire Faith Enterprises
  • Wilmington Christian Academy, Wilmington, NC

Faculty Highlight

Ashley Webb

Mrs. Ashley Webb

B.S., M.S., Pensacola Christian College

“My heart is to help students put their passion for speech and theater into small Christian schools and fledgling drama programs that need a leader, taking the pressure off their administrators.

When you choose speech education, you need to be concerned with your own personal growth before you can help others develop their skills. By the time you’re a senior, you’ll have learned enough that you will be ready to share with the next generation of students in your school. Our practical courses in public performance, acting, directing, and teaching will make you a sought-out commodity at our educator recruitment; schools seek out our excellently prepared seniors to join their staff for the coming school year.”

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Alumni Spotlight

Rebecca Pitcher
Rebecca Pitcher ’19

Teacher, Providence Christian Academy,
Warrenton, VA

“My current career may not perfectly align with what I studied, but it still prepared me very well. Speech class teaches you how to present an idea well, a key part of teaching, no matter the subject. Knowing how to use my voice, stage presence, and body language to command a room and communicate a concept has been invaluable. I love watching new students grow their confidence and communication skills over the course of our class. Studying speech education has also given me the skills I need to help with any ‘drama’ in my church. I’ve directed multiple skits, programs, and short plays, allowing me a unique way to serve God in my church.

My teachers went above and beyond in every aspect of my degree. From day one of freshman year to graduation day, they encouraged me, prodded me, stretched me, and genuinely cared about me. I’ve even contacted teachers in the past few years since graduating. Not only did they remember me, but they also prayed for me and helped me.”

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Secondary Education, Speech Concentration Course Schedule

Second Teaching Fields


Second teaching field requirements: Students with a Music second teaching field must demonstrate sufficient ability in one area of applied music and will take instruction in this area for six semesters. Students in their fourth semester of private music lessons must pass a platform to be approved for a music second teaching field. After passing the platform, students are required to enroll in Music Repertoire each semester they are enrolled in private lessons. Students with a vocal or instrumental emphasis must participate in a performing ensemble two semesters sometime during sophomore, junior, or senior years. Performing ensembles that meet requirements for each emphasis are as follows: Instrumental: Orchestra, Symphonic Band; Vocal: Chamber Ensemble, Symphonic Choir.
Teaching Elementary Music
Music Theory I
Music Theory II
Choral Methods
Proficiency Materials and Methods
Private Lessons

Physical Education

Fitness Test: Students in this second teaching field must pass the Physical Fitness Test or take PE 283/273 Physical Fitness or PE 160/170 Swimming/Physical Fitness (minimum grade of “C-” required).
Extracurricular Activity Requirement: Students in this second teaching field must participate in several semesters of intercollegiate or intramural sports or an approved alternative.
Fall Team Sports
Spring Team Sports
Sport Physiology
Introduction to Coaching
First Aid
Organization and Administration of Physical Education
Care of Athletic Injuries
Coaching Electives
Teaching Physical Education


Second teaching field requirements: Second-semester sophomores must pass a speech platform evaluation to be approved for a second teaching field in speech. Students are required to enroll in SP 999 Speech Repertoire each semester they register for a private speech lesson. All students with a second teaching field in speech must perform at least one role in a college play while a student at PCC. A speaking role in a dramatic production play will satisfy this requirement.
Teaching Speech
Introduction to Interpretive Speech
Voice and Diction
Oral Interpretation of Poetry
Oral Interpretation of Dramatic and Narrative Literature
Stage Movement
Introduction to Dramatic Production
Assemblies and Productions Practicum
Private Speech Lessons

Stage Makeup

About the Speech Concentration

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 with a concentration or second teaching field in speech are required to enroll in SP 999 Speech Repertoire each semester they register for a private speech lesson.

Second-semester sophomores must pass a speech platform evaluation before being considered approved for a speech concentration. A public recital is given during the senior year.

All speech education students must perform at least one role in a college play while a student at PCC. A speaking role in a dramatic production play will satisfy this requirement.

Second-semester sophomores must pass a speech platform evaluation to be approved for a second teaching field in speech. See Speech Repertoire above. All students with a second teaching field in speech must perform at least one role in a college play while a student at PCC. A speaking role in a dramatic production play will satisfy this requirement.

Secondary education students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

Teacher Education Scholarship (up to $12,000)

  • Available to a qualified applicant who has declared an education major.
  • Must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Recipients must maintain a 2.00 GPA each year (not cumulative) at Pensacola Christian College in order to receive the benefit of the scholarship. Students who forfeit the scholarship because of grade point average will forfeit the benefit for future years.
  • A tuition benefit up to $12,000 (approximately $3,000 annually; 20% of total tuition) over the first eight consecutive semesters of attendance as a full-time student after approval. If the student is enrolled in the Fourth Year Tuition-Free program, scholarship payments will not be applied during semesters the student is receiving the Fourth Year Tuition-Free benefit.

Dr. Barbara Bradley Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 scholarships each awarded to continuing juniors or seniors with a secondary education major who have a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

Kathy Irwin Scholarship
$1,000 scholarships awarded to students with secondary, elementary, and music education majors, to be applied over one semester.

Rosann Petermeyer Memorial Scholarship
$500 scholarship awarded to a continuing sophomore or junior with a secondary education major who has a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

Melvin and Mabel Teuscher Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 scholarships each awarded to continuing sophomores, juniors, or seniors who have a financial need, to be applied over one semester. Priority will be given to education majors.

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Career Fair

Secondary Education Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your secondary education calling.

Every year, an average of 96 schools attend Educator Recruitment, seeking to hire PCC graduates.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.