Theatre Education PreK-12 (BS) 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. And 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 Chapel, home to the theatre department and center of religious life on campus.

The Academic Catalog is the students’ 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: Spring Semester 2021

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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


  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
    • Invitation to Inquiry
    • Character Formation
    • Civic & Global Response
    • Personal Wellness & Lab
  • English (6 Credits)
    • Intro to the Writing Process
    • Argumentative & Analytical Writing
  • Christian Studies (3 Credits)
    • Biblical Perspectives
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
    • Theatre Appreciation
  • Foreign/Modern Language (12 Credits)
    • 2 Beginning Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
    • 2 Intermediate Level Foreign/Modern Language Courses (6 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
    • Survey of American History I or II
    • World Civilizations I or II
  • Literature (3 Credits)
    • 2000 Level Literature Course (Various Options)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3 Credits)
    • MAT 1213 College Algebra (or higher)
  • Science (4 Credits) (Choose 1)
    • Human Biology & Lab
    • General Biology & Lab
    • Intro to the Physical Sciences & Lab
    • General Chemistry & Lab
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • Speech (3 Credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech
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 (10 Field Hours)
  • Foundations of Education (10 Field Hours)
  • Intro to Instructional Media & Technology
  • Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction in Secondary Schools (25 Field Hours)
  • Intro to the Exceptional Child (10 Field Hours)
  • Teaching Reading in the Content Area (Must be admitted to TEP)
Field Experiences (15 Credits)

  • Dynamic Learning Environments (20 Field Hours)
    • (Must be admitted to TEP program – Must be taken prior to Student Teaching)
  • Student Teaching
    • (Taken in the final semester, must be admitted to TEP)
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

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

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