Emphasis in College Teaching of Communication
With a growing number of MA students interested in becoming college teachers, COML created an Emphasis in College Teaching of Communication. The emphasis helps students acquire communication skills for teaching, it helps them develop a portfolio and communication philosophy, and it helps them create strategies and develop resources for teaching lower-division college courses. The Emphasis also includes an internship at a college in the student's region. Students in this Emphasis focus their MA thesis or project in this area of inquiry.
The Emphasis consists of four courses or a total of 12 credits.
- COML 510 Communication Teaching & Pedagogy: Theory and Practice (3 credits) The Communication discipline was founded in part, because of a felt need to make people better communicators. This course will review the history and practice of teaching communication and be especially useful for people considering a career as a communication educator at the college level. The course will also focus on developing curricula, learning teaching strategies, developing goals and assessment, college classroom observations, and building a teaching portfolio.
- COML 517 Communication Practicum (3 credits) Each student in the Emphasis is required to create a portfolio for teaching multi-media in addition to the standard COML 517 coursework.
- COML 520 Internship (3 credits) Students will complete approximately 240 hour Internship under the supervision of a communication professor at a local college or university for one semester or quarter. The internship includes the development of a portfolio and evaluations from supervisors of the internship. Students are responsible for arranging the internship in their community.
- COML 680 Thesis or Project (3 credits) Students who proceed through the Emphasis will be required to develop their thesis or project around a topic in college teaching or training in communication.
Admission to the Teaching Emphasis will require a brief, completed application. Download Application here.