Theatre Education PreK-12 (BA) Program Overview

Theatre classes encourage confidence and self-expression, and the right theatre teacher can make a significant difference in their students’ lives. As a major in the theatre education degree program, you’ll study the science of teaching while exploring the full spectrum of producing theatre. From the beginning, you’ll be observing actual classrooms to see theories put into action. At Bluefield College, your theatre and education studies are grounded in the teachings of Christ. This solid foundation prepares you to serve your community as a servant leader.

The Stage is Your Classroom

Theatre education majors, like our theatre majors, are expected to participate in five productions each academic year in Harman Auditorium. Two of the five are children’s theatre productions as part of Bluefield Youth Theatre. From acting and directing to all the roles backstage, you’ll be part of the BC theatre family. And at the end of your studies, the theatre education program prepares you for Virginia licensure, so you’re ready to teach once you graduate.

We invite you to take a virtual tour of Bluefield College to get a preview look at Harman Auditorium, home to the theatre department and center of religious life on campus.

The Academic Catalog is the student’s guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

The Teacher Education Handbook is the guide to all of the policies and procedures for students entering the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

The Student Teaching Handbook is the primary resource for all students in the culminating experience for the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

On-Campus: August 19, 2021



Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (58 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Invitation to Inquiry
  • Character Formation
  • Civic & Global Response
  • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • Intro to the Writing Process (3 Credits)
  • Argumentative & Analytical Writing (3 Credits)
  • Biblical Perspectives (3 Credits)
  • Survey of American History I or II (3 Credits)
  • World Civilizations I or II (3 Credits)
  • 2000 Level Literature Course (3 Credits)
  • 2 Beginning Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • 2 Intermediate Level Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • College Algebra (or higher) (3 Credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)
  • Theatre Appreciation (3 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credits)
  • (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Biology & Lab (4 Credits)
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab (4 Credits)
    • General Chemistry & Lab (4 Credits)
Core Requirements (49 Credits)

  • Acting I
  • Acting II
  • Stage Makeup
  • Stagecraft
  • Directing I
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Theatre History I
  • Theatre History II
  • Introduction to Stage Design
  • Directing II
  • Stage Management
  • Theatre Practicum
  • Survey of Dramatic Literature
  • Senior Seminar
Professional Education (17 Credits)

  • Human Growth & Development for Educators
  • Foundations of Education
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments
    • (Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester)
Required Testing (2 Tests)

  • Core Testing (Must satisfy 1 or the below criteria)
    • PRAXIS Core Math (150 or greater)
    • SAT Math Score (560 or greater; Composite 1170 or greater)
    • ACT Math Score (22 or greater; Composite 24 or greater)
    • EDU 0111 Math Skills for Teachers & PRAXIS Core (146 or greater)
  • Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment
Total Credits: 139

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Theatre Teacher PreK-12
Acting Director
Stage Manager/Set Designer

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.