Theatre Education Program

The Department of Theatre serves to prepare students for teaching from Early Childhood to Grade 12. The program provides an opportunity to examine various theories and styles of theatre offering opportunities to experience creatively and critically the artistic skills of the discipline. Students seeking teacher certification in theatre will become familiar with state and national standards for the discipline. The degree includes experiences in stagecraft, costume design, lighting, directing, management, masks and make-up, and scene design.

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Larry Wheeler-Department Head of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre

Larry Wheeler

Professor of Theatre, Head of Theatre Department 325-670-1511

Majors

  • Theatre Education Track EC-12 (B.F.A.)
  • Theatre EC-12 (B.A.)
  • Theatre EC-12 (B.B.S.)

Minors

Why Study Theatre Education at HSU?

Theater students singing on stage in costume

Excellent Preparation

The HSU Theatre Education program is designed to train students as a theatre educator and theatre practitioner by blending both the theory and the practice of theatre education and performance and its related fields.

Theater professor giving one-on-one instruction to student

Excellent Preparation

More than 95% of HSU's teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.

HSU theater students giving performance on stage in full costume

Guaranteed Success

An HSU degree in Theatre Education trains students who will be multifaceted and prepared to succeed in Today's marketplace. Students get the opportunity to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program

Program Details

Theatre EC-12 BA

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre – See Major……………………. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course – See Major……………………………………….. 2

Math (3)

MATH 1301 or higher………………………………………………………… 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS…………………………………………………………………… 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………………. 3

Science Lab……………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)

Must be from outside the major & minor

POLS 1302 American Government………………………………………… 3

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology……………………………………….. 3

Foreign Language (12)

One language………………………………………………………………… 12

Total Core (55 credits)

Theatre  (43 credits)

THEA 1333 Introduction to Theatre……………………………………… 3

THEA 2303 Voice and Diction……………………………………………… 3

THEA 2334 Acting I…………………………………………………………… 3

THEA 2335 Stagecraft……………………………………………………….. 3

THEA 3336 Theatre Mask and Make-Up……………………………….. 3

THEA 3337 Theatre Lighting……………………………………………….. 3

THEA 3338 Costume Design……………………………………………….. 3

THEA 3339 Scene Design……………………………………………………. 3

THEA 4337 Directing…………………………………………………………. 3

THEA 4341 Theatre Management ………………………………………. 3

THEA 4345 Theatre History: Greeks to 18th Cent…………………….. 3

THEA 4346 Theatre History: 18th Cent. to Present…………………. 3

THEA 1131,1132,1133,1134 Workshop………………………………… 4

THEA 4372 Education Theatre…………………………………………….. 3

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4622 Student Teaching …………………………………………….. 6

Technology Competency (3 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………………. 3

Total 125

Theatre EC-12 BFA

Core Distinctive (16)

FYSM 1300 First-Year Seminar: Gateway………………………….. 3

COMM 1301 Introduction to Communication…………………… 3

FSSC 1170 Wellness for Life…………………………………………… 1

HIST 1300 Making History: The Human Experience in America… 3

RELI 2345 The Religious and Philosophical Life………………….. 3

ENGL 3300 Writing as Discovery…………………………………….. 3

Writing (3)

ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302……………………………………………… 3

Literature (3)

ENGL 230X World, English, or American Lit………………………. 3

Fine Arts (3)

Fine Arts – from Art, Music, Theatre – See Major……………………. 0

Christian Studies (3)

BIBL 1301 or BIBL 1302…………………………………………………. 3

Fitness & Sport Sciences (2)

FSSC Activity course – See Major……………………………………….. 2

Math (3)

MATH 1301 or higher………………………………………………………… 3

Natural & Physical Sciences (7)

BIOL or ENVS…………………………………………………………………… 3

PHYS, GEOL, CHEM, or PHSC………………………………………………. 3

Science Lab……………………………………………………………………… 1

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6)

Must be from outside the major & minor

PSYC 3333 Educational Psychology…………………………………. 3

ECON, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, or PHIL……………………………………. 3

Foreign Language (6)

One language……………………………………………………………… 6

Total Core (48 credits)

Theatre  (34 credits)

THEA 1131,1132,1133,1134 Workshop……………………………. 4

THEA 1333 Introduction to Theatre………………………………… 3

THEA 2334 Acting I………………………………………………………. 3

THEA 2335 Stagecraft…………………………………………………… 3

THEA 3336 Theatre Mask and Make-Up…………………………… 3

THEA 3337 Theatre Lighting…………………………………………… 3

THEA 3338 Costume Design…………………………………………… 3

THEA 3339 Scene Design………………………………………………. 3

THEA 4337 Directing…………………………………………………….. 3

THEA 4345 Theatre History: Greeks to 18th Cent………………. 3

THEA 4346 Theatre History: 18th Cent. to Present…………….. 3

Theatre Education Track (12 credits)

THEA 2111, 3111, 4111 Voice, Diction & Dialects or

THEA 2303 Voice and Diction…………………………………………. 3

THEA 2112, 3112, 4112 Theatrical Choreography/Dance ……. 3

THEA 4341 Theatre Management or

MUSB 3301 Introduction to Fine Arts Management…………… 3

THEA 4372 Educational Theatre……………………………………… 3

Education (24 Credits)

READ 3362 Read Instruction for Adolescent Students……………… 3

EDUC 3334 Child/Adolescent Development………………………….. 3

EDUC 3338 The Learning Environment…………………………………. 3

EDUC 4340 Current Issues in Special Educ…………………………….. 3

EDUC 4371 Org/Management for Teach in Sec Class………………. 3

EDUC 4379 Capstone Course: The Professional Teacher………….. 3

EDUC 4622 Student Teaching …………………………………………….. 6

Technology Competency and Elective (6 credits)

EDUC 1306 Technology in Education……………………………………. 3

Electives…………………………………………………………………….. 3

Total 124

Candidates for our Teacher Preparation Programs must meet certain requirements outlined in our Admission Requirements document.

Students who complete this degree will be eligible to take the Texas certification test for the following certification: Theatre EC-12. This certification leads to Theatre teaching positions in Early Childhood thru 12th Grade.

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency (TEA) Office of Accountability has awarded Hardin-Simmons University Teacher Education Program a rating of “Accredited” under the Accountability System for Educator Preparation authorized by Texas Education Code 21.045 every year since the rating of teacher preparation entities has been awarded. Educator preparation programs are held accountable for the performance of their graduates on the state credentialing examinations required for certification. Programs must achieve a minimum pass rate on the tests by disaggregated subgroups (All, Male, Female, White, Hispanic, African American, Other) to receive a rating of “Accredited.”

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