Theater Education (K-12)

Program Overview

The graduate-level Theater Education Teacher Certification Program is designed for college graduates seeking initial certification as a teacher of theater in school settings. This is a streamlined, rigorous, and sequential program of professional studies that combines the best of theory, research, and practice. It is designed for part-time students who take one or two late afternoon/evening courses per semester. The clinical experience (student teaching) at the end of the program requires full-time enrollment for one semester. The program is state approved and nationally accredited.

The course work in this program counts toward completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Curriculum Overview

This is a 21-credit program requiring courses taken in late afternoons/evenings followed by a full semester of full-time student teaching in a host school in the region.

Certificate Offered

  • Teacher of Theater (K-12) Certificate


Don Ambrose, Ph.D.
Professor of Graduate Education
Memorial Hall 202

Program Website: Theater Certification

Associated Department: Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

Related Program

Certificate Requirements

(15-21 credits)

CURR 700Educational Foundations3
CURR 703Teaching Content Area Literacies3
CURR 704Secondary English Language Arts Teaching and Learning3
CURR 720Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Schools3
CURR 770Clinical Experience and Seminar in Teaching3-9
or CURR 771 Supervised Clinical Experience in Teaching
Total Credits15-21

Additional Requirements for Completion of Certificate:

  • Completion of all courses before final clinical experience (student teaching) with a "C+" or better in each course and with a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Completion of CURR 770 or CURR 771 with a "C+" grade or better.

CURR 700 Educational Foundations 3 Credits

This course provides psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives on teaching and learning. Within the theme of optimal development of creative intelligence, students use these perspectives to guide their reflective professional development throughout their program. The course develops knowledge, skills, and dispositions pertinent to (a) child and adolescent development, (b) learning theories, (c) philosophical and historical perspectives on education, (d) sociocontextual and interdisciplinary influences on education, and (e) higher-order creative and critical thinking.

CURR 703 Teaching Content Area Literacies 3 Credits

Current strategies for providing instruction in vocabulary, comprehension, composition and language study in content areas in upper elementary grades through high school. Pedagogy for all learners, ranging from gifted to diverse learners in general education. Prerequisit(e): CURR 700.

CURR 704 Secondary English Language Arts Teaching and Learning 3 Credits

Students preparing to teach English in middle schools and senior high schools explore strategies for the imaginative teaching of literature, poetry, drama, grammar, composing processes, vocabulary, and oral language use. Students research, develop, and critique thematic units, analyze curriculum, and study the selection, development, and use of a wide variety of teaching materials. Traditional and alternative methods of assessment are explored.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 720.

CURR 720 Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Schools 3 Credits

This course is designed for students seeking the initial teaching certificate and introduces them to curriculum and instruction in middle, junior and senior high schools. The history and rationale for secondary-level education is developed. Students acquire skills in instructional planning and classroom management. Field experiences will supplement classroom instruction.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 703.

CURR 770 Clinical Experience and Seminar in Teaching 9 Credits

This course, designed for those seeking initial certification, requires full-time supervised daily participation in a school setting. The student gradually assumes a full load of teaching responsibility at the school. The experience will test the translation of educational theory into meaningful practice. A student-teaching fee is charged for this course. (nine semester hours).

Prerequisite(s): CURR 704, CURR 705, CURR 706, CURR 707, CURR 715 and (BSED 530 or ECED 550) or Permission of instructor.

CURR 771 Supervised Clinical Experience in Teaching 3 Credits

This practicum is a condensed version of the Internship in Teaching. It is available only to interns seeking teacher certification who already have a year of successful, full-time teaching experience or its equivalent. A special application must be made and approved for enrollment in the course. The practicum requires six weeks of full-time, supervised daily participation in a school setting. After a brief period of orientation to the school and classroom, the intern assumes a full load of teaching responsibility at the school. The experience finetunes the teaching abilities of interns and enables them to demonstrate competence in the specialty for which they seek certification.

Prerequisite(s): CURR 704, CURR 705, CURR 706, CURR 707, CURR 715 and (BSED 530 or ECED 550) or Permission of instructor.