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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

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

Communication Arts

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

North Dakota State Standards 8.23 (Speech)

8.23.1 The program requires study of basic communication concepts including: theories of communication, the function of the individual as initiator and receiver of communication, language acquisition and development, and contextual variables. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.23.1 is aligned with Goals 2 and 4, 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.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Prepare and deliver communication events using appropriate organizational patterns.
* Prepare and deliver communication events applying situational and demographic audience analysis.
* Demonstrate through exam understandings of communication theory and practice.
* Examine the kinesthetic dimension of public and interpersonal communication.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 110-Fundamentals of Public Speaking
COMM 212-Interpersonal Communication
COMM 315-Persuasion and Argumentation

8.23.2 The program requires study of communication media such as: media changes as a result of technological and social development, different media as enablers and constrainers of communication, and consideration of various communication genre. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.23.2 is aligned with Goals 2 and 4, 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.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Prepare and deliver communication events using appropriate technology relative to a specific medium.
* Demonstrate through exams an understandings of changes prompted by media changes influenced by technology.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 110-Fundamentals of Public Speaking
COMM 212-Interpersonal Communication
COMM 316-Group Dynamics
COMM 317-Rhetorical Theory
COMM 320-Public Relations Principles

8.23.3 The program requires study of critical skills associated with communicative arts including: critical stances such as comparison, motive, and form; relationship characterization between critic and critical object; identification of the social value of criticism; and application of assorted critical stances to various communicative acts. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.23.3 is aligned with Goals 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 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:
* Develop skills to track, record, analyze, and evaluate communication events.
* Demonstrate through exam understandings of communication theory and practice.
* Prepare and deliver communication events with a critical understanding of purpose, demographics, environment, and occasion.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 110-Fundamentals of Public Speaking
COMM 210-Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 315-Persuasion and Argumentation
COMM 413-Gender Communication

8.23.4 The program requires study of responsible communication including; the philosophies of communication and the impact of the concepts of free speech, fairness, and objectivity have upon communicative acts. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.23.4 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:
* Develop skills to track, record, analyze, and evaluate effective as well as fallacious argument.
* Demonstrate effective listening skills.
* Develop skills to discover and communicate the available efficient and ethical means of expressing messages.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 110-Fundamentals of Public Speaking
COMM 210-Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 315-Persuasion and Argumentation
COMM 316-Group Dynamics
COMM 317-Rhetorical Theory
COMM 320-Public Relations Principles

8.23.5 The program offers experiences in communication such as; public speaking, oral interpretation, group decision making, television, film, print, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication, as well as co-curricular activities such as directing student experiences in areas of debate, forensics, radio management, film society. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of candidatesí understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.

ND Standard 8.23.5 is aligned with Goals 2 and 4, 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.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Participate in a variety of communication events: public speeches, oral interpretation, group decision making and committee work, television, video, print, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 110-Fundamentals of Public Speaking
COMM 210-Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 212-Interpersonal Communication
COMM 311-Oral Interpretation
COMM 315-Persuasion and Argumentation
COMM 316-Group Dynamics

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

ND Standard 8.23.6 is aligned with Goal 1, 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.

Examples of performance assessments may include how to:
* Demonstrate acquired knowledge through development of speech and communication 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 extracurricular communication activities.

The following courses provide instruction in these fields:
COMM 389-Directing Forensics
COMM 390-Communication Arts Methods
THEA 352-Theatre in the Classroom

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

ND Standard 8.23.7 is aligned with Goal 1, 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.

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:
ED 380-Technology in Teaching