Undergraduate

Theater Arts (EC–12)

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts (EC–12) at St. Edward’s prepares you to play a vital role as a theater arts teacher, cultivating creative expression and social development in young people. We emphasize hands-on learning through teaching experiences in Central Texas schools.

You’ll develop broad skills in theater production and engage your students in every aspect of the theater arts. After completing a student teaching internship and the required certification exams, you'll be eligible to apply for your EC–Grade 12 Theater teacher certification in Texas. Once this process is finalized, you'll be well prepared to teach in elementary and secondary classrooms.

Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts (EC–12)

Overview:

As a BA in Theater Arts major, you’ll explore innovative techniques for teaching theater and develop methods for working with students on- and off-stage. You’ll learn to teach a variety of acting styles, foster teamwork, and direct and manage performances. And you’ll gain skills in assessing student learning, managing classroom behavior and interacting with parents.

Students select this degree with the goal of teaching in elementary or secondary schools. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and teaching fieldwork — fully prepares you for your student teaching internship and certification exams.

With a BA in Theater Arts, graduates may teach in early childhood through twelfth-grade classrooms after successfully completing the specified certification requirements. Advanced degrees are required for teaching positions at the college level.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Theater Arts majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in theater arts complete core courses, which include Theater Skills: Stagecraft and Lighting; Theater History; Voice for Performance; Arts Administration; and Directing.

REQUIRED MINOR
BA in Theater Arts majors complete required minor courses in Teacher Education, which include Foundations in Education, Learning Processes and Evaluation, and Educational Technology Integration.

FIELD EXPERIENCE
You will engage in 80 to 120 hours of field experiences, which include delivering instruction in one-on-one, small-group and whole-class settings.

STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP
After completing your field experience hours, you will undertake a 13-week student teaching internship in a culturally diverse school in Central Texas.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts (EC–12).

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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