At Southwest Baptist University, speech communication and theatre education graduates are prepared to teach today’s future leaders how to communicate effectively. Our education program teaches future teachers how to teach through classroom instruction, technology integration and multiple classroom field experiences.
Our education classrooms are equipped with the same technology that is utilized in many public school classrooms, and our faculty utilize hands-on teaching methods and projects to teach our future teachers.
Education coursework begins during the sophomore year with classes such as Foundations of Education, Educational Psychology, and Technology for Educators, in addition to the first field experience in an area secondary classroom.
Junior year education curriculum includes Principles and Methods of Secondary Education, Teaching Reading in the Content Area, and Behavior and Classroom Management, along with another field experience.
Senior-level classes focus on preparing the student for the full semester student teaching experience.
SBU has a chapter of Student Missouri State Teachers Association, the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses that provides opportunities for personal and professional growth and development of leadership skills.
Performance Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding ability in theatre (application deadline the second Monday of February) or speech and debate (application deadline is March 1).
Classroom field experiences begin during a student’s sophomore year and continue throughout the program, culminating with a full semester student teaching experience during the senior year. Field experiences provide students with a variety of experiences to help the student decide what is the best fit. During the student teaching experience, the student will work directly with a cooperating teacher at the school, as well as an SBU faculty member who will supervise the student’s experience.