Overview

Interested students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education with Theatre as a teaching specialization at Fairmont State University.  Students in the Theatre Education program will learn to use theatrical concepts in their coursework like:

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Creative drama
  • Puppetry

Theatre Education students will learn theatre is not only an art but is a tool for personal and artistic development.

Theatre Education skills are developed through hands-on learning experiences.

Teaching artists use acting, directing and design skills to create children performances.  Theatre Education graduates guide children and adults in improvisations.  They build stories from literature and learn to use the power of theatre to bring issues of social justice to life.

Theatre Education majors can teach those skills in community arts programs, educational theatre outreach programs and local schools.

Educational theatre is an appropriate path for students who are interested in further study in drama therapy, applied theatre and arts administration.

Career Opportunities

Theatre Education majors are prepared to lead both children and adults in a curriculum to prepare them for the stage.  The Fairmont State major includes requirements from the school’s Education department. But, graduates use their degrees in many ways.  They can become:

  • Teachers
  • Drama coaches
  • Theatre news correspondents
  • Student affairs specialist theater managers
  • Training development specialists
  • Theatre critics

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education

  • Earn a minimum quality point average of 2.75 overall, 2.75 in each teaching specialization and 2.75 in all professional education classes.
  • Complete Early Field Experience COMMUNITY Early Field Experience PDS requirements.
  • Achieve acceptable scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE).
  • Complete EDUC 2200 (Introduction to Education) and EDUC 2201 (Instructional        Technology) with a grade of “C” or higher. 
  • Complete the Teacher Education Application form in Taskstream.
  • Be approved by the Teacher Education Selection Committee.

 

FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Masquers theatre group will present “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Oscar Wilde’s most popular play, in February in Wallman Hall.

First performed in 1895, the farcical comedy is also a satire on Victorian customs and behaviors. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19; Saturday, Feb. 20; Thursday, Feb. 25; Friday, Feb. 26; and Saturday, Feb. 27. The matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. For tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts is hosting a benefit performance of alumnus Christian Cox’s short, one-act play “Hyena,” produced by M.T. Pockets Theatre. Cox is the Youth Services Librarian for the Fairmont branch of the Marion County Public Library and a graduate of the FSU Communication and Theatre program.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops Series presents “John Williams: All the Blockbusters,” conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in Colebank Hall on Fairmont State University’s campus in Fairmont.

For advance tickets, call the Box Office at (304) 367-4240. Tickets will be available for sale at the door. Reserved seats are $30; general admission are $20; and student tickets are $5. Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College students can gain admission free of charge with a student ID.

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