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Help Future Generations Succeed by Becoming a Speech Teacher

Understanding language and how to communicate is an essential skill in every field. Some students need additional help with their speaking skills for a variety of reasons. Helping these students improve their communication abilities is integral in helping them grow to be successful, employable adults.

If you are interested in helping children and adolescents learn to communicate effectively, then Liberty University’s Speech Education Certificate may be the program for you. This certificate is designed for licensed teachers or student teachers who are currently pursuing licensure. The speech education certificate can help you gain an add-on speech education endorsement for another valuable credential in your education career.

What is speech education?

Students come from all different backgrounds, and sometimes their backgrounds can have an impact on how well they can speak and communicate with others. Some students may speak English as their second language, have a speech impediment, or grow up in an area or household with a heavy accent or poor grammar skills. Your job as a speech teacher would be to help these students learn to articulate their thoughts clearly, effectively, and professionally.

Please note: State licensure requirements and add-on endorsement requirements may vary. Please check our state licensure page for state-specific requirements.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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What Will You Learn in Our Certificate in Speech Education?

This certificate will provide you with the knowledge you will need to effectively teach speech and communication skills to middle or high school students. You will learn about effective communication theories and strategies that can be used in professional environments. Additionally, you will study public speaking, storytelling, and criticism. Each of these concepts will provide you with the foundation you’ll need to help your students improve their own communication techniques.

Required Courses
  • SCOM 201 – Public Speaking
  • SCOM 315 – Narrative, Storytelling, and Performance
  • SCOM 455 – Communication Theory
  • SCOM 460 – Communication in the Marketplace
  • SCOM 465 – Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

Highlights of Our Certificate in Speech Education

  • We have an Educational Technology Lab that provides students with resources, software, and equipment, including laptops, Apple TVs, digital cameras, and USB microphones.
  • If you are a licensed teacher or currently pursuing your license, this certificate can provide you with add-on licensure in speech education.

Speech Education Certificate Information

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Certificates

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Admission essay
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Results from the CLT, SAT, or ACT are not required for admission, but may be used in consideration for merit-based aid.

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.

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