Department of Performing Arts

Theatre Education (BFA)

Kameron Tarlow, Theatre Education

Theatre Education major Kameron Tarlow says that the arts help people appreciate others (Filmed and edited by Emerson students.)

The Theatre Education BFA degree curriculum will enable you to develop interests and expertise in a wide range of theater areas. The program involves the use of theater in a variety of educational settings, in addition to formal K–12 teaching.

Students often participate in two full years of acting work at Emerson and some, with the permission of the Acting faculty, complete two additional semesters of work.

Program Requirements

BFA in Theatre Education (non-performance)

BFA Theatre Education 56
Electives 16
General Education Requirements 56

Students seeking licensure must also complete the Educator Licensure requirements (an additional 12–20 credits)

BFA in Theatre Education and Performance

BFA Theatre Education & Performance 68
Electives 4
General Education Requirements 56

Department of Performing Arts Core (both degrees)

Year Number Course Credits
1st PA101 Languages of the Stage 4
1st TH141-8 Stagecraft Laboratories 4
2nd TH149 Emerson Stage Production Crew 0
2nd TH215 World Drama in its Context I 4
2nd TH216 World Drama in its Context II 4
3rd-4th TH Advanced Drama Studies 4
Total Department of Performing Arts Core 20

BFA Theatre Education - Core
(The Core requirements are the main place where coursework for Theatre Education differentiates from Theatre Education & Performance. See Core requirements for Theatre Education & Performance, go here.)

Year Number Course Credits
1st TH121 Introduction to Acting I 4
1st TH122 Introduction to Acting II 4
2nd TH265 Foundations of Education 4
2nd PS202 Developmental Psychology 4
2nd-4th Elective by Advisor 4
Total BFA Theatre Education Core 20

BFA Theatre Education and Performance - Core

Year Number Course Credits
1st TH123 Acting I: Movement 4
1st TH124 Acting II: Voice and Text 4
1st TH130 Improvisation 2
1st TH131 Acting Fundamentals 2
2nd TH221 Scene Study I 4
2nd TH222 Scene Study II 4
2nd TH265 Foundations of Education 4
2nd PS202 Developmental Psychology 4
2nd Elective by Advisor 4
Total BFA Theatre Education and Performance - Core 32

BFA Theatre Education & BFA Theatre Education and Performance - Advanced

Year Number Course Credits
3rd-4th TH381 Directing I: Fundamentals of Directing 4
4th TH460 Drama as Education I 4
4th TH460 Drama as Education II 4
4th TH463-5 Student Teaching (or Elective by Advisor) 4
Total BFA Theatre Education and Theatre Education & Performance - Advanced 16

Bethany Nelson

Performing Arts' Theatre Educator-in-Residence Bethany Nelson supervises the field work of Theatre Education students. Watch now »