Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4-5 years
Credit Hours:

Increase the versatility of your degree with a teacher certification.
With a degree in communication studies, our students are able to master communication theories and research, enhance communication skills, and enhance preparation for a variety of different careers or for graduate study. Supplementing that degree with a teacher certification will give you an additional career option to pursue.

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Why Earn a Communication Studies Degree with Speech Teacher Certification?

While pursuing your degree, you'll investigate communication in aesthetic, cultural, international, interpersonal, legal, organizational and political contexts. Opportunities to research gender and diversity, narrative and social change, politics, social influence and other topics are also available.

There are three areas of study:

Interpersonal, Digital and Organizational Communication examines the impact of communication theory in multiple contexts. It explores how human and digital communication influences cultures, groups, and individuals. It also teaches effective communication in different types of organizations.

Communication, Culture and Public Discourse examines how communication is influential in the formation and growth of every culture. It explores the power of communication in terms of persuasion, public advocacy, public address, and public policy.

Performance Studies examines how performance is central to the development of human beings and cultures. We are always performing different roles, and performance is a tool used to communicate different messages.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences encourages students to explore teaching at the secondary level as a career option. The student’s academic advisor in the Dean’s Office for Undergraduates and Student Advising can assist students with specific requirements for teacher certification in Speech. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in Speech.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies
  • Conflict management
  • Ethical communication
  • Teamwork

Communication Studies Degree with Speech Teacher Certification Highlights

Faculty members are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research, many having earned recognition for their contributions inside and outside the classroom.
Our department supports the UNT Debate Team, a student chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta national honor society, the NCA Future Pros organization and the Performance Interest Group.
The Debate Team is consistently recognized as one of the nation's best, and regularly has students participate in the prestigious National Debate Tournament.
Our faculty members have collaborated on projects for the North Texas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, Denton County Friends of the Family and the Texas Fire Chiefs Academy.
Communication Studies majors have completed internships with, Clear Channel Communications, ESPN Radio Dallas, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Red Bull Communications and The Richards Group.
Our program offers personalized student attention within a tight-knit community committed to developing the next generation of organizational, group, and community leaders.

What Can You Do With a Communication Studies Degree with Speech Teacher Certification?

Communication Studies majors examine human communicative behavior and the symbolic processes through which humans interact. Many graduates pursue careers in:

  • Consulting
  • Corporate communication
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Non-profit administration
  • Public relations
  • Teaching

Communication Studies Degree with Speech Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

Argumentation and Debate (3 hrs)
Theory, research and practice in developing and presenting arguments on public policy issues; reasoning, strategy and oral advocacy.
Intercultural Communication (3 hrs)
Knowledge and skills designed to increase intercultural communication competence. Investigation into the ways in which culture interrelates with and affects communication processes. Examines affective, behavioral and cognitive processes involved in intercultural learning.
Communication Theories of Sexuality (3 hrs)
Examines the ways in which sexuality is constituted through (public) discourses. Uses critical theories to investigate rhetorics that sustain multiple and intersecting sexual identities and gender performances, and apply to everyday experiences with popular culture. Topics addressed include the rhetorical construction and disciplining of heteronormativity, homonormativity, heterosexual and queer sexualities, as well as performances of masculinity and femininity.
Professional Issues in Teaching (3 hrs)
Overview of American education, including history, purposes, legal bases, school organization, education as a profession and analysis of characteristics required for professional success.
Teaching Diverse Populations (3 hrs)
Provides knowledge and skills required for developing and implementing challenging instruction for students who are culturally different, students who receive special education services and students who are identified as gifted and talented.
Interpersonal Communication (3 hrs)
Introduction to interpersonal communication research results and theories with application in two-person and small group relationships in a variety of human communication contexts.

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