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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

B.S.Ed. with a major in Communication Arts

BSE in Communication Arts requires 128 hours minimum
Credits are semester hours

Communication Arts

North Dakota State Standards 8.06 (Drama/Theater)

8.6.1 The program requires study of theater as a social and aesthetic experience as well as a reflection of culture. The study includes a broad view of the history of theater and acquaintance with representative plays of past and present. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.6.1 is aligned with Goal 2, as recommended for preparation of secondary teachers of communication and theatre by the Speech Communication Association and the American

Theatre Association:

*Goal 2: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate skills and attitudes for fostering productive communicative and aesthetic experiences in students.
Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
*Demonstrate acquired knowledge of theatre history through exams.
*Demonstrate knowledge of theatre in history through research and oral presentations.
*Demonstrate knowledge of dramatic literature as a reflection of culture through discussion and analytical reports.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
THEA 120-Readings in Dramatic Literature
THEA 350-Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature I
THEA 351-Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature II
THEA 450-Contemporary Drama
THEA 386-Playwriting
THEA 353-Plays for the Young

(All other theatre courses discuss that particular area in history and how changes were made in the area as time and the culture allowed or required.)

8.6.2 The program requires study and experiences needed to direct a theatrical production. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.6.2 is aligned with Goals 2, 4, and 5, as recommended for preparation of secondary teachers of communication and theatre by the Speech Communication Association and the American Theatre Association:
*Goal 2: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate skills and attitudes for fostering productive communicative and aesthetic experiences in students.
*Goal 4: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to implement programs which help students to communicate effectively.
*Goal 5: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to facilitate studentsí development of career-related skills and attitudes.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
*Select an appropriate piece of dramatic literature.
*Demonstrate knowledge of how a play is built by analyzing, reflecting, and communicating the information to classmates and cast mates.
*Demonstrate character analysis skills through discussion and prompt book entries.
*Demonstrate through performance/production a selected piece of dramatic literature.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
THEA 385-Directing
THEA 161-Acting 1
THEA 361-Acting 2
THEA 461-Acting 3
COMM 492-Senior Project

(All other theater courses discuss the nature of theatre in performance and how each individual is responsible to that production.)

8.6.3 The program requires study of the basic acting skills and techniques to guide, promote, and stimulate necessary artistic skills for individuals and groups as performers in theatrical productions. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.6.3 is aligned with Goals 2, 4, and 5, as recommended for preparation of secondary teachers of communication and theatre by the Speech Communication Association and the American Theatre Association:

*Goal 2: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate skills and attitudes for fostering productive communicative and aesthetic experiences in students.
*Goal 4: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to implement programs which help students to communicate effectively.
*Goal 5: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to facilitate studentsí development of career-related skills and attitudes.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
*Demonstrate appropriate scene selection skills.
*Demonstrate character analysis through paper work and performance.
*Demonstrate ensemble performance skills through a variety of performance experiences.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
THEA 161-Acting 1
THEA 361-Acting 2
THEA 461-Acting 3
THEA 201-Theatre Practicum
THEA 163-Storytelling and Improvisation
COMM 492-Senior Project

8.6.4 The program requires study and experiences designed to develop the technical skills needed in theatrical production including effective planning and execution of scenery, lights, make-up, sound, properties, costume, and special effects. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.6.4 is aligned with Goals 2, 4, and 5, as recommended for preparation of secondary teachers of communication and theatre by the Speech Communication Association and the American Theatre Association:

*Goal 2: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate skills and attitudes for fostering productive communicative and aesthetic experiences in students.
*Goal 4: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to implement programs which help students to communicate effectively.
*Goal 5: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to facilitate studentsí development of career-related skills and attitudes.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
*Demonstrate the design process through script analysis, research, and practical application. *Demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills of scenery construction and painting; make-up application; costume construction; lighting focus and design.
*Demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills of the various design software, and online sources available for design research and technology.
The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
THEA 221-Costuming
THEA 222-Make-up
THEA 270-Stagecraft
THEA 371-Scene Design
THEA 372-Stage Lighting
COMM 492-Senior Project
THEA 201-Theatre Practicum

8.6.5 The program requires studying the methods of teaching drama including current trends in drama with an examination of a variety of teaching methods and techniques. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.6.5 is aligned with Goals 1 and 5, as recommended for preparation of secondary teachers of communication and theatre by the Speech Communication Association and the American Theatre Association:

*Goal 1: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate communication and theatre competencies necessary to perform the roles of model, facilitator of learning, and resource person in educational and community settings.
*Goal 5: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to facilitate studentsí development of career-related skills and attitudes.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
*Demonstrate acquired knowledge through development of theatre courses appropriate to the secondary school student.
*Demonstrate acquired knowledge through the development and realization of course goals, objectives, activities, for secondary and elementary student.
*Demonstrate organizational skills through play production activities, including script selection, budget, publicity, etc.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 390-Communication Arts Methods
THEA 352-Theatre in the Classroom

8.6.6 The program requires the study of current, appropriate instructional technologies. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.6.6 is aligned with Goals 1 and 5, as recommended for preparation of secondary teachers of communication and theatre by the Speech Communication Association and the American Theatre Association:

*Goal 1: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate communication and theatre competencies necessary to perform the roles of model, facilitator of learning, and resource person in educational and community settings.
*Goal 5: The communication and/or theatre specialist will demonstrate competencies necessary to facilitate studentsí development of career-related skills and attitudes.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
*Demonstrate appropriate use of various technologies within their instructional practices. *Select and use appropriate technology tools specific to their content area(s).
*Use technology to effectively manage communications, instructional planning, and record keeping.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 390-Communication Arts Methods
THEA 352-Theatre in the Classroom
THEA 414-Theatre Management
THEA 221-Costuming
THEA 222-Make-up
THEA 270-Stagecraft
THEA 371-Scene Design
THEA 372-Stage Lighting
COMM 492-Senior Project
THEA 201-Theatre Practicum