Bachelor of Arts in Theatre (EC-12 Theatre Certification)


The B.A. in Theatre with EC-12 teacher certification prepares graduates to function creatively and skillfully in a variety of theatre professions with a focus upon teaching theatre in the classroom. Students should consult with the College of Professional Education for specific pedagogy requirements and certification examination questions.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

Degree Skills

  1. Communicate effectively with supervisors, peers, subordinates, and people outside of the organization using clear spoken communication and active listening.
  2. Monitor and organize processes, materials, and surroundings including the ability to review information relevant to a goal and to develop and prioritize the steps needed to achieve a goal.
  3. Collaborate in a team-driven atmosphere by establishing and fostering personal relationships and developing constructive and cooperative working relationships in a time-sensitive environment in both face-to-face and digital communication environments.
  4. Strong, project-oriented time-management skills applied with respect and self-discipline to meet strict deadlines and achieve goals. 

Teacher Certification Skills

  1. Appropriately explain the impact of effective planning and communication (within the chosen area of concentration) to relevant internal and external stakeholders in an education or community setting.
  2. Identify, select, and implement entry-level instructional plans when serving as an instructor in the school setting.
  3. Successfully manage organizational and student behavior when teaching in the school setting.
  4. Efficiently and accurately assess student progress and use data to develop and modify instruction for K-12 students.
  5. Work effectively and collaboratively with students and families from diverse backgrounds.


Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or higher;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Professional Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at or 940-898-2829 with any questions.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 42 SCH;  Required Minor: 26 SCH

Program Code: THEATRE.BA;   CIP Code: 50.0501.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

Required Drama Courses
THEA 1312Rehearsal and Production I (take two times)4
THEA 1321Script Reading (take two times)2
THEA 2113Stagecraft I3
THEA 2213Performance I3
THEA 2312Rehearsal and Performance II (take two times)4
THEA 2433Theatrical Makeup3
THEA 3312Rehearsal and Performance III (take two times)4
THEA 3423Drafting for the Stage3
THEA 3461Stage Management1
THEA 3473The Theatre and Its Drama: Before 17153
THEA 3483The Theatre and Its Drama: Since 17153
THEA 3523Play Directing3
THEA 4403Scenic Design3
or THEA 4413 Costume Design
or THEA 4423 Stage Lighting
THEA 4603Summer Stock3
Total SCHs42

Departmental Requirements

Foreign Language6
Electives (Theatre or Related Studies)4
Total SCHs10

Professional Education Studies

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program is required. Students must apply for admission into the Educator Preparation Program prior to enrolling in EDUC 3003/EDUC 3482EDUC 4113/EDUC 4243, and EDUC 4946. Information is available from the Office of Educator Preparation Services.

Pedagogical and Professional Responsibility
EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching6
Related Studies in Education
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities3
Total SCHs26


  1. EDUC 2003 may be taken at a community college. Check with the Office of Educator Preparation Services to make sure the course has the equivalent number.
  2. EDUC 4113 and EDUC 4243 must be taken during the same semester.

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
THEA 1312Rehearsal and Production I DRAM 11202
THEA 1321Script Reading 1
THEA 2113Stagecraft I DRAM 13303
THEA 2213Performance I DRAM 13513
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 16
THEA 1312Rehearsal and Production I DRAM 11202
THEA 1321Script Reading 1
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
MATH 1013Financial and Quantitative Literacy MATH 13323
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
THEA 2312Rehearsal and Performance II DRAM 21212
THEA 2433Theatrical Makeup DRAM 13413
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 17
THEA 2312Rehearsal and Performance II DRAM 21212
THEA 3423Drafting for the Stage 3
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
 SCHs 17
Third Year
THEA 3312Rehearsal and Performance III 2
THEA 3473The Theatre and Its Drama: Before 1715 3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
Related Studies: Foreign Language3
 SCHs 16
THEA 3312Rehearsal and Performance III 2
THEA 3483The Theatre and Its Drama: Since 1715 3
THEA 3461Stage Management 1
THEA 3523Play Directing 3
Theatre Elective3
Related Studies: Foreign Language3
 SCHs 15
THEA 4603Summer Stock 3
 SCHs 3
Fourth Year
THEA 4403, 4413
,or 4423
Scenic Design
or Costume Design
or Stage Lighting
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
EDSP 3203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 15
EDUC 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  120