The Theater Education 4+1 Program allows students to earn a bachelor of arts in theater, with a focus on theater education, a masters of education degree, a super-minor in English, certification to teach in secondary schools in Pennsylvania, and perform a semester of student teaching in a high school setting. The 4+1 allows students to begin taking graduate level courses in their junior and senior year leaving only 19 credit hours of graduate work in the final year after earning the BA in theater.
The program prepares students for professional careers in theater education and outreach. These promising educators are budding artists who are drawn to the academic setting, children's theater, and educational programs of theaters across the country in an capacity to reach people of all ages as teaching artists; collaborate with youth theater organizations across the country; teach in middle and high schools; manage arts programs at recreation centers, camps or private schools; and many other occupations available to motivated theater artists.
Those interested in Theater Education Program should contact Professor Matthew Miller, Head of Theater Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in the Theater Education Program must complete the following curriculum in addition to the department requirements.
Lighting for Theater
Stage Management I
Introduction to the Director’s Art
Methods of Teaching Artistry
Methods of Teaching Theater
Plus additional theater and musical theater electives, to be approved by program head.
Survey of English Literature, Beginning – 1660
Survey of English Literature, 1660 – 1900
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Shakespeare (or) Advanced Shakespeare
Introduction to Linguistics (or) History of English Language
African-American Literature I (or) II
Models of Teaching
Teaching Composition in Secondary School
Literacy and Differentiation (7-12 grades)
Foundations of Language Teaching
Student Teaching & Seminar
Plus additional education courses
^ The 9 credit-hour required elective concentration is fulfilled by English core courses.
*Education courses are taken beginning the third year. Graduate degree requires additional full year of study, including two summers.
Notes on the concentration: Prerequisite courses are required for admission into some higher-level courses.
For a suggested five-year course of study in the Theater Education Program, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin.
For students who transfer from other departments, schools and universities, there are several alternative routes to fulfill the Theater Education Program that can be discussed with your theater advisor and/or the Head of Theater Education.