Program type:

Teaching Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2 years
Credit Hours:

Bring the joy of stagecraft to the next generation with a Theatre Teacher Certification.
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences encourages students to explore teaching as a career option. This certification program prepares students to sit for certification exams in theatre after graduation.

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Why Earn a Theatre Teacher Certification?

Students are encouraged to explore teaching as a career option. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to sit for the certification examinations in theatre.

Theatre Teacher Certification Highlights

The Department of Dance and Theatre maintains the University Theater (409-seat proscenium theatre) and the Studio Theater (160-seat black box), and the technical facilities to support the annual season, including a well-equipped costume and scenic shop, and adequate storage.
Unique among theatre programs, qualified undergraduate students perform lead roles, direct public productions, stage-manage, and design scenery, costumes, lights, make-up and wigs.
Through studying theatre, you can acquire a diverse range of communication and organizational skills that are applicable to many careers. For example, combining your degree with studies in journalism or a law degree could lead to a career as a theatre critic or an entertainment lawyer.
Students are often offered performance and design opportunities as part of outside professional projects of the faculty and are able to audition for local theatre groups.
UNT has several student organizations for students to network and further hone their skills and craft.
Scholarships are available based on merit and talent.

Theatre Teacher Certification Courses You Could Take

Play Analysis (3 hrs)
Principles and techniques governing the preparation of plays and other theatrical events for performance, design, direction and production. Contemporary systems of script analysis. Emphasis on theory and criticism of theatre arts.
Theatre for Young Audiences (3 hrs)
Recognition and examination of the history and philosophy, production and performance of theatre for young audiences. Through focused inquiry, work on the practical problems that arise in the selection and performance of dramatic texts, original collective creations and adaptation of selected literature. Emphasis on connecting artistic practices and trends in educational theatre to theories of child/adolescent development.
Teaching/Learning Process and Evaluation (3 hrs)
Examines the processes of human learning and development as they relate to teaching in diverse EC–12 classroom settings. Understanding of these processes is applied to lesson design, instructional strategies and assessment.
Student Teaching in the Secondary School (3 hrs)
Prerequisite(s): With the exception of student teaching, all course work on the degree plan must be complete. Senior standing and admission to teacher education are required. The student must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Instructional Strategies and Classroom Management (3 hrs)
Taken during the semester immediately preceding student teaching, this course provides knowledge and skills required for organizing and directing various instructional strategies in the secondary classroom. Content includes teaching strategies, approaches to classroom management and discipline, student motivation, student and teacher assessment and evaluation, and the use of media and technology in the classroom.
Theatre in the Classroom (3 hrs)
Theories and practical application of theatre in the classroom with children and adolescents. Integrates the content area of theatre with educational pedagogy, with an emphasis on theatre games, improvisational play-making, story dramatization, and thematic work in educational and recreational settings.

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