Department of Performing Arts
Theatre Education (BFA)
Kameron Tarlow, Theatre Education
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+).
BFA in Theatre Education (non-performance)
|BFA Theatre Education||56|
|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 (courses listed below)||68|
|General Education Requirements (learn more about general education requirements)||56|
|1st||PA101||Languages of the Stage||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. Learn more about this degree here.)
|1st||TH121||Introduction to Acting I||4|
|1st||TH122||Introduction to Acting II||4|
|2nd||TH265||Foundations of Education||4|
|2nd-4th||Elective by Advisor||4|
|Total BFA Theatre Education Core||20|
|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|
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