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  Feb 22, 2018
2014-2015 General Catalog (Spring, Summer 2015) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Speech Communication Teaching Minor

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies


The following requirements only specify courses offered by the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies. To be licensed to teach in the Utah public secondary school system, students with a teaching emphasis must also complete an approved teaching major and STEP courses required by the Secondary Education Program. CMST 5370  and either CMST 3300  or CMST 4300  are part of the STEP requirements. For more information, please contact the Secondary Education Program, Education Building 330, or review the supplementary section, entitled Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP) Level Outline . Information is also provided on the Web at:

Also Note: CMST 1020 , CMST 2110 , and CMST 3000  should be completed prior to enrollment in the 4000- and 5000-level courses. A minimum grade of C- is required in each of these classes.

Minimum Departmental Requirements
Total Credits:

  Communication Studies Major 34
  Organizational Communication Minor 15
  Speech Communication Teaching Minor 23
Grade Point Average to Declare a Major or Minor 2.75 Career GPA
Overall Grade Point Average to Graduate 2.0 Career GPA
Grade Point Average to Graduate in Major or Minor Classes 2.5 GPA
A minimum of half (50 percent) of major credits must be completed through USU and be approved by the department head  


Speech Communication Teaching Minor Courses (23 credits) (2.5 GPA)

Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP)-Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies

27 credits

Most of the courses listed below count for both the teaching emphasis and the teaching minor.

C. Level 3

Because student teaching requires a major commitment of time and energy, students should take only the course listed below during this semester. Students are also urged to forgo outside employment, if possible, during the student teaching experience. 


1 The Clinical Experience II course is taught under course number 3300 in various departments. Course title varies among departments.

2 This Special Methods II course is taught under course number 5370.

3  CMST 3300  and CMST 5370  must be taken during the same semester, and should be the last courses taken for the minor. These courses should be taken just before student teaching. CMST 3300  and CMST 5370  are listed in both the STEP and minor requirements listings to clarify all minor requirements and when they should be taken during the STEP program. Contact the LPCS department head for availability of these courses but are currently offered Fall semesters when needed.



For more information, please contact the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in the Jones Education Building 330, or go online to and click on undergraduate programs, and then secondary programs.   

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