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.)

About the Program

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Emerson College’s Theatre Education program integrates the fields of theatre arts and education in the classroom, in the community, and on the stage. Our students and faculty believe in the transformative power of theatre to shape society and to change lives; they are artists who see education as the tool with which they create the future.

More than 100 years ago, Emerson College was among the first schools in the nation to establish a program teaching Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). Today, our award-winning faculty includes many leaders in the field of theatre education.

At Emerson, we identify ourselves as a theatre program with a robust educational component which provides insight into the art of teaching as well as the teaching of art. Your education here will include a strong grounding in the liberal arts as well as in the fundamentals of dramatic arts, and a broad array of pedagogical tools that can be applied to a variety of potential careers, including work at professional theatres, in community outreach, and, of course, in the classroom. By the time you complete your BFA and pass the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure, you will have met all the requirements of our Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved program leading to initial licensure as a teacher of theatre, all levels (pre-K-12+).

Program Requirements

BFA Theatre Education (detailed below) 56
Electives 16
General Education Requirements 56
Total Credits 128

Compare the requirements of this program to other Emerson BFA degrees in Performing Arts.

To see descriptions of any of the below classes, please visit our course catalogue.

Department of Performing Arts Core

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

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

Students seeking licensure must use elective credits to complete the Educator Licensure requirements (12–20 credits).

BFA Theatre Education 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 Advanced 16

Bethany Nelson

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