Theatre Major: Youth Drama Option (B.A.)

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The youth drama option is for those students who wish to use dramatic arts as a teaching tool, either in the elementary classroom or as a teaching artist. Our comprehensive curriculum is specifically designed to train teachers. Through laboratory work, students obtain hands-on theatrical teaching experience, so that by the time they reach their graduate school internship, they have spent significant hours working with children. Students will be expected to fully integrate education and theatre coursework so that they leave UNH with sound theoretical training in addition to practical instruction on how to use drama to enhance learning outcomes, address classroom discipline issues, and, of course, bring the arts to life in the classroom.

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 459Stagecraft4
THDA 460Elements of Design4
THDA 463Theatre Dance I4
THDA 520Creative Drama4
THDA 522Storytelling, Story Theatre, and Involvement Dramatics4
THDA 583Introduction to Puppetry4
THDA 589Practicum (A - D) 14-8
THDA 624Theatre for Young Audiences4
THDA 683Advanced Puppetry4
THDA 721Arts Integration4
THDA 727Methods of Teaching Theatre4
THDA 729Community Oriented Drama Programs4
THDA 760Teacher Planning for Theatre4
THDA 799Capstone Project (must be taken in senior year)2
EDUC 500Exploring Teaching 24
Total Credits58-62

The practicum ensures a breadth of experience in the major, including sets, costumes, lighting, props, box office, marketing, and performing.  Students must register for practicum every semester.  They are notified of their practicum assignment at the beginning of each semester.


Must be taken before student teaching internship.

State Teacher Certification

Youth Drama options often pursue elementary education certification. In order to obtain state licensure, students must apply to either the UNH Department of Education or another university for acceptance into a fifth year 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 703F/803FTeaching Elementary School Science2
EDUC 703M/803MTeaching Elementary Social Studies2
EDUC 705/805Contemporary Educational Perspectives 24
EDUC 706/806Introduction to Reading in the Elementary School 24
EDUC 751A/851AEducating Exceptional Learners: Elementary4
Required Math Education Course
Select 4 credits of the following: 24
Exploring Mathematics for Teachers I
or MATH 602
Number Systems for Teachers
Geometry for Teachers
Probability and Statistics for Teachers
Teaching of Mathematics, K-6
Selected Topics in Mathematics Education for Teachers
Exploring Mathematics with Young Children
Total Credits28

May be taken at undergraduate or graduate level.


Must be taken before student teaching internship.