Theatre Major: Theatre Education Option (B.A.)

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For candidates who want to teach drama courses and/or direct high school productions, the theatre education option offers practical and theoretical training for teachers. Through laboratory work, students obtain hands-on theatre teaching experience, so that by the time they reach their graduate school internship, they have spent significant hours working with the K-12 age group. Students are provided with extensive training and practical teaching experience specifically geared toward the goal of being a theatre teacher, either in a traditional classroom or as a teaching artist. Students will be expected to fully integrate education and theatre coursework so that they leave UNH prepared for the rigorous task of teaching.

Contact Raina Ames, Paul Creative Arts Center, (603) 862-3044,

In the freshman and sophomore years, students should enroll for at least two major and two Discovery courses per semester. The minimum grade requirement for major courses is C- per course. Any grade lower than C- will not count toward the major. Under department policy, students who complete both COMM 401 American Sign Language I and COMM 402 American Sign Language II (American Sign Language) satisfy the bachelor of arts language proficiency requirement. All majors must take courses in the following areas: performance, design/theatre technology, and theory/history as well as fulfill between four and eight practicums and complete a capstone course. Although timing will vary with each option, it is strongly suggested that all introductory courses be taken prior to the end of the student's sophomore year.

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.0.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second or dual major.

All UNH B.A. degrees require a minimum of 128 credit hours.

Required Courses
THDA 436History of Theatre I4
THDA 438History of Theatre II4
THDA 459Stagecraft4
THDA 460Elements of Design4
THDA 463Theatre Dance I4
THDA 475Stage Makeup2
THDA 551Acting I4
THDA 589Practicum (A - D) 14-8
THDA 624Theatre for Young Audiences4
THDA 721Arts Integration4
THDA 727Methods of Teaching Theatre 24
THDA 729Community Oriented Drama Programs4
THDA 741Directing4
THDA 760Teacher Planning for Theatre4
THDA 799Capstone Project ( must be taken in senior year)2
Design/Theatre Technology
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Costume Construction
Costume Design for the Theatre
Stage Lighting Design and Execution
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching 24
Total Credits64-68

Students are required to take at least one practicum for every semester they are a major in the Department of Theatre and Dance. In addition, each student must take each type of practicum at least once (Technical, Costume, Performance, Marketing and Promotion). 


May be taken at the undergraduate level or the graduate level.

NOTE: It is understood that students will fulfill 20 internship contact hours with theatre students in their option area: elementary, middle, or high school. Projects for THDA 729 Community Oriented Drama Programs cannot count as internship hours. Students may fulfill this requirement through a variety of teaching opportunities with the department's outreach program (both during the school year and in the summer), or they may work with local schools teaching, coaching actors, assistant directing, choreographing, or in some other capacity as specifically arranged with their theatre adviser.

It also is understood that students involved in the above course curriculum in order to get state theatre arts certification must apply to either the UNH Department of Education or another university for acceptance into a fifth-year master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) or master of education (M.Ed.) degree program that fulfills state requirements for certification.

State K-12 Teacher Certification

In order to obtain state theatre arts certification, students must apply to either the UNH Department of Education or another university for acceptance into a fifth-year master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.) or masters of education (M.Ed.) degree program, which fulfills state requirements for certification. Students who are accepted into early graduate admission may take up to 12 credits toward the 32 credit masters while finishing their undergraduate degree. For further clarification regarding fifth-year certification options, contact Raina Ames, Paul Creative Arts Center, (603) 862-3044,

Education Courses Required for Certification 1
EDUC 700/800Educational Structure and Change4
EDUC 701/801Human Development and Learning: Educational Psychology4
EDUC 705/805Contemporary Educational Perspectives4
EDUC 751B/851BEducating Exceptional Learners: Secondary4
Total Credits16

May be taken at the undergraduate level or the graduate level.