Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Theatre Arts B.A. – K-12 Drama Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Drama Theatre Arts (Grades K-12)

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Michelle Gaza, M.F.A., Interim Director

Location: Frasier Hall 105

Telephone: 970.351.2991

Fax: 970.351.4897

Website: https://arts.unco.edu/theatre/

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits
  4. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

A major in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Teaching provides training for students who have teaching of drama in grades K-12as their career goal. The program cultivates an appreciation and understanding of theatre as part of American society and culture.

A major in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Teaching prepares students to teach drama in grades K-12.

Program Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, Teaching Emphasis degree program is by interview only. Information concerning interviews may be requested from the School of Theatre Arts and Dance, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, CO 80639, phone 970.351.2991.

Program Requirements: 

Students must adhere to the following guidelines in order to persist within the K-12 Drama Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Drama Theater Arts (Grades K-12) Program (“Theatre Education”):

  • All Theatre Education emphasis majors must demonstrate professional promise as a teacher to the satisfaction of the Theatre Arts Faculty.
  • Theatre Education concentration students choosing to audition for a main stage play or musical during the academic year must accept any role they are offered.

Non-compliance of any of the above requirements may result in disciplinary actions including, but not limited to, removal from future production assignments, loss of talent scholarship funding, or expulsion from the program.

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license.

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching
  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS test prior to Student Teaching
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program.

Additional Information:

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • A teaching minor is highly recommended. Students must remember that in the public schools of the State of Colorado more than half the teaching load must be done in the area of licensure. A student desiring this licensure should be prepared for many additional requirements in content and in methods and observation in the minor field.
  • This program meets the current licensure requirements of the North Central Association of teachers of drama.
  • Students who are in theatre education must apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education program (PTEP). Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the requirements in the PTEP section of the catalog. It is recommended that application for PTEP be made during the sophomore year, or after completing 30 semester hours of University coursework and no later than the first semester of the junior year. Students must complete the College of Education.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses that also count toward the required major credits.

Any additional LAC coursework completed outside of the recommended list below may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

THEA 296 (3) and THEA 297 (3) are recommended to fulfill Arts & Humanities requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 50 credits

Take all of the following courses:

THEA 135Playscript Analysis

3

THEA 149Orientation to Technology

3

THEA 160Beginning Acting

3

THEA 190Stage Speech

2

THEA 240Beginning Stage Directing

3

THEA 255Creative Drama

3

THEA 260Scene Study

3

THEA 265Theatre for Young Audiences Tour

3

THEA 275Stage Movement I

2

THEA 296History of Theatre ILAA1

3

THEA 297History of Theatre IILAA1

3

THEA 324Masterpieces in Theatrical Production

2

THEA 340Workshop in Directing I

3

THEA 380Design fundamentals for Secondary Education

3

THEA 440Directing the One-Act Play

3

Complete 8 hours of Individual Performance in Theatre courses:

THEA 100Individual Performance in Theatre

2

THEA 110Performance in a Theatrical Production

2

3. Required PTEP — 36 credits

EDEC 250Diverse Early Language and Literacy

3

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process

3

EDFE 444Supervised Student Teaching

1-15

EDRD 340Academic Language/Literacy Development in the Content Areas at the Secondary Level

3

EDSE 433Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom

2

PSY 347Educational Psychology for Elementary Teachers

3

or

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

THEA 365Clinical Experiences I: Elementary Theatre

3

THEA 385Methods of Teaching Drama

3

THEA 485Clinical Experiences II: Secondary Theatre

3

THEA 490Theatre Arts Student Teaching Seminar

1

Note: EDFE 444: Take 12 credits

4. University-Wide Credits – 3 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 3 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.

Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, Teaching Emphasis degree program is by interview only.

All Theatre Education emphasis majors must demonstrate professional promise as a teacher to the satisfaction of the Theatre Arts Faculty.

The Theatre Arts program requires student majors to consult with and be advised by a faculty member teaching in the program.

A teaching minor is highly recommended. Students must remember that in the public schools of the State of Colorado more than half the teaching load must be done in the area of licensure. A student desiring this licensure should be prepared for many additional requirements in content and in methods and observation in the minor field.

This program meets the current licensure requirements of the North Central Association of teachers of drama.

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education and this program require the completion of a yearly assessment process in this emphasis area. The assessment, which includes an evaluation of your years progress as well as a yearly audition or interview, may be the basis of your continuance in this emphasis area.

Students who are in theatre education must apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education program (PTEP). Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the requirements in the PTEP section of the catalog. It is recommended that application for PTEP be made during the sophomore year, or after completing 30 semester hours of University coursework and no later than the first semester of the junior year. Students must complete the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences PTEP requirements (see Theatre Education advisor).