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

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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