The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education degree is designed for students who are seeking a rewarding career teaching all aspects of theatre to students in grades K12. Completion of this program may lead to initial teacher licensure.
The theatre education program is designed to train theatre educators and theatre practitioners by blending both the theory and the practice of theatre education, performance and its related fields.
You will engage in acting courses that identify principles of pantomime and dramatic action designed to establish the proper relationships among the voice, body and its functions in the interpretation of character. You will advance to scene study and textual analysis, concentrating on the method and technique of building a character. Along with acting, your theatre education program curriculum encompasses stagecraft, theatrical design, dramatic literature, technology for theatre educators and theatre pedagogy. You will also participate in a lab project directing one-acts or scenes from full-length plays for the programs stage direction course, as well as engage in educational psychology, an integrative arts model and instruction for students with non-English language backgrounds.
To earn your degree in theatre education, you will conclude the program with Student Teaching: Arts education, which is a K-12 classroom-based student teaching experience providing you with practical classroom experience, including research, analysis and teaching duties.
In addition to regular classroom studies, you have the opportunity to take part in the University Theatre Series in various capacities, including onstage and offstage disciplines, thus enabling you to explore the creative process from rehearsal to live performance. This global approach to theatre education training creates a graduate who is multifaceted and prepared to succeed in today's marketplace.
All courses in the theatre education degree program are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. You will have opportunities to apply concepts, theories and research throughout the theatre education program. Assignments within many of the courses will guide you through approximately 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences. The final semester of the theatre degree program in education includes a full-time student teaching component. These educational settings must be state-certified environments and mentor teachers must be fully certified. You are responsible for contacting your state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval.
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
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