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

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Department of Music is announces its 2015-2016 Music on the Hill concert season, featuring four performances on the Fairmont State campus and at First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts announces the cast of its second Youth Company production, “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” 

“Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.” will run Nov. 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Wallman Hall Theatre on the main campus.

Cast members for the show are as follows: Paige Krcek, Billy Tobin, Jocelyn Maxwell, Sophia Flower, Trenda Ridgeway, Jasper Brown, Rileigh Fortney, Sidney Apanowicz, Sara Campbell, Miranda Koch, Sydney King, Caroline Maxwell, Marianna Jones, Bella Smith, Franchesca Aloi. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced on Sept. 16 the awarding of $763,044 in grant funds to support and build the arts in community and statewide programs across West Virginia.

Fairmont State University was awarded a $6,206 grant in support of bringing the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra to the Fairmont campus for two performances. Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Robert Mild, Interim Dean of the School of Fine Arts, attended the event in Charleston to officially receive the grant award.

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