Post-Bac Certificate in Public Speaking and Presentation Training


  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Option:  Public Speaking and Presentation Training


Main Campus (Union, NJ)


Fall:       August 1
Spring:  January 1


  • Proof of bachelor's degree or foreign equivalent
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for applicants whose native language is not English). Exceptions can be made for students who have completed at least 6 credits of college level English courses from a U.S. institution, or who have submitted SAT or ACT exam scores.


Since ancient times public speaking has been used as the medium to bring about change within organizations and community. Public presentations are one of the basic skills in the workplace and in the community. Salespersons are asked to sell products to groups; managers are called upon to motivate employees. Community organizers must recruit neighbors for civic engagement. Lobbyists and politicians rally support through speech for their causes. Friends call upon one another to share a toast at weddings, an appreciation at a retirement dinner, or a eulogy for a loved one at a funeral.

Kean University’s Post-Bac Certificate in Public Speaking and Presentation is specifically designed to offer practical opportunities for the professional to practice giving speeches while at the same time learning the theoretical principles that guide speech formation. Students will develop rhetorical critique skills by evaluating presentations of exemplar presentations from political, civic, religious, entertainment, and business leaders. At the same time they will have an opportunity to have their own work critiqued by communication scholars who have studied speech-giving and have been professional speakers.

Many people experience anxiety when asked to give a speech. Students will learn basic skills for coaching speakers and helping others to reduce anxiety and increase communication competence. They will learn to give constructive feedback that will enhance speaking and leadership skills. Learning speaking skills helps to build confidence. It helps a person to become more analytical of the communication that occurs in groups while becoming a better listener.

Career areas for speakers include

  • Law
  • Politics and Community organization
  • Ministry
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Education
  • Recruitment
  • Training
  • Group Sales
  • Fundraising and Development


  • 9 credits


COMM 5013: Motivational Speaking Practices
A focus on a broad study of formal and informal speaking and listening skills when business, corporations public and governmental agencies, including creating a professional image and corporate strategies and tactics.

COMM 5014: Speech Writing and Presentation Training
Writing and delivering written texts using rhetorical devices and dealing with communication apprehension in the delivery of presentations. How to encourage others to deliver speeches.

COMM 5590: Business and Professional Presentations
An introduction to the principles, practice and importance of oral presentations within business and professional settings. Application of presenting informative and persuasive reports and research.




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Program coordinator

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Updated 6/27/12