SPEECH/THEATRE EDUCATION prepares you to develop a student's creative abilities and teach effective communication skills for the 21st century.

About the Program

“There’s something different about MNU teachers,” is something we hear a lot about our graduates. We think it’s equal parts preparation and quality students! Our education programs prepare you to teach and motivate students with innovative techniques and the latest technology.

You’ll have the opportunity to work and learn in the state of the art Bell Cultural Events Center with set construction and studio classes. You can also join a production in the Black Box theatre as well as main stage productions. And you’ll have opportunities like international student teaching, networking through Educators Rising, and dynamic field experiences prior to student teaching.


Our students have access to the best teacher mentors in the field. Through our Clinical Mentoring Team (CMT)—a teaching excellence team—we provide cooperating teachers who have both amazing classroom expertise and coaching abilities.

Based on your academic achievements, you can also participate in our chapters of the Gamma Chi and Pi Lambda Theta honor societies.

  • We are accredited by CAEP
  • There is a separate application and admission process
  • Recent graduates scored a 100% pass rate for their content areas of the PRAXIS exam
  • Our courses include bridge courses, allowing students to begin graduate level work in special education, technology, and English language learning (ELL)

As a graduate, you will complete all Kansas requirements for teacher certification. Our faculty will also help you find out how to become certified in other states, and many are similar to Kansas requirements.


Scholarships for Speech/Theatre Education majors are available to exceptional students who complete the Theatre Scholarship Application Form and perform a successful audition.

For more information contact the Department of Arts and Humanities at 913.971.3441 or e-mail finearts@mnu.edu.

your future


Touching many areas of the arts, you could become a:

  • Drama Teacher
  • Talent Manager
  • Debate Coach
  • Speech Teacher
  • Forensics Coach
  • Theater Director

Employers & Internships

Some of our recent Speech/Theater students have student taught at:

  • Frontier Trail Middle School (Olathe)
  • Shawnee Mission East High School
  • Blue Valley Middle School
  • Chisholm Trail Middle School (Olathe)

Related Majors

Other majors you may also be interested in learning more about:

Our People are the Difference

Our professors have a passion for education, their students and God. They teach our education students to blend the best practices in teaching with the compassion and dedication inspired by Christ.

You Can Succeed Here

Pioneer alumni are working in industries and cities around the world. During their time at MNU, they developed the skills and knowledge to succeed. Transformed by Christ to serve others – that’s real success.