Communication-Theatre Teaching

Communication-Theatre Teaching

Communication and theatre teachers provide students the opportunity to expand their creative capacities, argue with evidence and conviction, and develop leadership and team-building skills. Communication classes (e.g., public speaking, speech and debate, and journalism) and theatre programs (e.g., costuming, acting, and set design) ensure that students are able to develop their whole person through hands on, experiential, and competitive learning environments. These programs are essential to cultivate a well-informed democracy, well-planned business, and high-skill employment. 


If you are invested in the growth of students, believe all students can succeed, and that public engagement and theatre can make communities better, the University of Northern Iowa Communication-Theatre Teaching program is the right place for you.


A major in Communication-Theatre Teaching provides you with rich content area learning in communication and theatre courses, two methods of teaching content courses, and multiple field placement opportunities. Our program also maintains close interactions between faculty and students throughout your time at UNI and beyond.

The program has a 5-year, 100-percent job placement rate.


If you’ve taken courses at a two- or four-year institution other than UNI and want to get an idea of what courses will transfer, check out our Transfer Plans of Study at:


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Field Experience

As a communication-theatre teaching major, you will have three field experiences in which you will explore, define and sharpen your skills as a future classroom teacher. Your teaching experience will be capped off with student teaching which can be done in Iowa, throughout the United States or overseas.

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Educator Prep

Students in UNI’s educator preparation programs acquire more than 700 hours of hands-on classroom experience before graduation. This is done through more than 350 school district partnerships, 9 Iowa student teaching centers, and one out of state & international student teaching center that coordinates all out of state and international student teaching placements.

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Communicate in the Community

Our students take communication into the community and beyond. Our affiliated student organizations include the UNI Speech and Debate Teams (which compete across the country), the Interpreters Theatre, UNI SAVE (Students Advocating for Voices and Equality), the Northern Iowan newspaper, and KULT 94.5 FM. 


96% of last year's UNI graduates are employed or continuing their education


Communications Teacher

Drama Teacher/Coach

Speech and Debate Teacher/Coach

Journalism Teacher


Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Ryan McGeough, Head,
Department of Communication Studies
Phone: 319-273-0139

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