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.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

I. FOUNDATION COURSES (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

II. CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS (18 CREDIT HOURS):
• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

III. MISSION COURSES (15 CREDIT HOURS):
• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth

IV. CORE COURSES (43 CREDIT HOURS):
• Theater Skills I: Stagecraft and Lighting
• Theater Skills II: Costume and Makeup
• Performance IA
• Performance IB
• Design for Performance
• Play Analysis
• Theater Practicum I
• Theater Practicum II
• Theater Practicum III
• Theater Practicum IV
• Theater History I
• Theater History II
• Voice I
• Theater Management I
• Directing
Select 6 hours from the following courses:
• Stage Lighting
• Scene Design
• Costume Design
• Makeup Design

V. REQUIRED MINOR IN TEACHER EDUCATION (27 CREDIT HOURS):
• Foundations in Education
• Learning Processes and Evaluation
• Introduction to Special Education
• Adolescent Psychology or Child Development
• Educational Technology Integration
• Secondary Instructional Methods and Classroom Management
• Curriculum and Evaluation in the Secondary School
• Content Area Literacy
• Literacy Assessment for Diverse Populations

VI. INTERNSHIP (6 CREDIT HOURS):
Student Teaching in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom

VII. CAPSTONE COURSE (3 CREDIT HOURS)

VIII. GRADUATION CERTIFICATION:
You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.

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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