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.
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.
More than 95% of HSU's teacher candidates pass the TExES exams on their first try.
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.
All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:
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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