Speech/Theater Education, Bachelor of Arts

Kids say the darnedest things. Especially creative high-school kids standing on a stage, and you get to teach, coach, and guide them through what is likely their favorite subject. Some people have all the luck.

Graduates of the speech and theater program at Friends University will be able to teach speech or theatre content courses, coach debate and forensics competitive events, and direct, supervise and manage theatre productions.

The coursework required for the speech/theatre education program at Friends University prepares students to be speech communication and theatre arts teachers at the high-school level. This four-year program includes student teaching at the secondary level during the fall or spring semester of the student’s senior year. Graduates are licensed to teach by the state of Kansas after successfully completing the degree and passing the Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PLT) and a content test.

Other requirements include admittance into the teacher education program and a cumulative, education and content GPA 2.75 no “D” grades in the major or content areas. The combination of selected courses in education, speech, theatre and mass media allow students to meet appropriate KSDE state standards and requirements.

Program Outcomes

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate an appropriate level of content and pedagogical knowledge.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content to be taught.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ skills, knowledge and prerequisite relationships.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of content-related pedagogy.
    • Demonstrate the ability to design coherent instruction.
    • Demonstrate the ability to assess and evaluate student learning.
    • Provide quality feedback to students and colleagues.

KSDE Standards 1, 2 and 3. KPTP Focus Area A: analysis of Contextual Information

  • The teacher education candidate will develop and implement an appropriate learning environment where all students are engaged and on task.
    • Recognize and implement factors related to development of a classroom environment of respect and rapport.
    • Establish appropriate expectations for learning and achievement.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage common non-instructional duties.
    • Demonstrate the ability to manage student behavior appropriately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to engage all students in learning.

KSDE Standards 3, 4, 7, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area B: Analysis of Learning Environment Factors

  • The teacher education candidate will appropriately implement and adapt instruction for diverse learners to ensure all learners meet expectations.
    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and accurately.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use questioning and discussion techniques appropriately.
    • Demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness toward a diverse population.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of age group characteristics.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ varied approaches to learning.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of students’ interest and cultural heritage.

KSDE Standards 4, 11 and 12. KPTP Focus Area C: Instructional Implementation. KPTP Focus Area D: Analysis of Classroom Environment

  • The teacher education candidate will demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.
    • Reflect on teaching and its effect on learners’ performance.
    • Maintain accurate records of attendance, lesson completion, and student progress.
    • Serve appropriately as student advocate.
    • Communicate appropriately with families.
    • Maintain cordial relationships with colleagues.

KSDE Standards 5, 6 and 8. KPTP Focus Area E: Analysis of Assessment Procedures. KPTP Focus Area F: Reflection and Self Evaluation

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Urban School Districts
  • Suburban School Districts
  • Private/Parochial Schools
  • Rural Schools
  • Playhouses and Community Theater

View speech/theater education courses in the course catalog.



Kurt Priebe

  • Assistant Professor of Drama and Media
  • Fine Arts
  • B.A., Sterling College; M.A., Regent University