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P–12 Teaching Emphasis

Are you interested in studying theatre education to develop your gifts and talents for a future in teaching theatre arts? Our BA in Theatre with an emphasis in P–12 Teaching offers you a rigorous education and a rich foundation to prepare you for teaching theatre arts at the primary or secondary level.

Benefits

With one of the strongest education schools in the state and a top-notch Theatre Department, we offer you an outstanding program to prepare you as a theatre teacher. A Theatre degree with an emphasis in P–12 Education will help you hone your theatrical gifts while preparing you to share them by teaching others. The Theatre degree also provides you with advanced study in theatre performance, production, history, and more.

By choosing a Theatre emphasis in P–12 Education, you can prepare for a solid career with certification for teaching theatre to P–12 students, whether you choose to teach in public or private schools, as a youth minister, or in other education or ministry contexts.

Theatre education classes include a sequential program with observation and experience in local schools, along with study of materials and methods that builds toward internships and careers in theatre education. Theatre coursework prepares you to take the state-required teaching tests for endorsements in theatre.

Major Courses and Degree Requirements

In addition to your core Theatre major courses, with a P–12 Teaching emphasis you will take courses that provide you with a focused and integrative approach to teaching theatre that fulfill the requirements for a P–12 teaching endorsement. 

The P–12 Teaching emphasis requires a minimum of 50 Theatre credits and 62 School of Education credits. Theatre Education majors must choose a second endorsement area; generally Secondary Language Arts or Social Science. A full four-year plan will be made in collaboration with your Theatre major advisor and School of Education advisor. 

View the major courses and degree requirements

Admission to the Major

Formal admission to a Theatre major is accomplished at the end of the first quarter of your sophomore year, or, if you are a transfer student beyond the sophomore level, in your second quarter of residence.

To qualify for admission as a major in the Theatre program, you are required to have completed 12 credits of work with a 2.5 GPA in Theatre, which must include TRE 1720 “Stagecraft,” and TRE 1310 “Actor’s Art” or TRE 1340 “Acting I.” You must complete the major requirements that are in effect when you are admitted to the major.

Career Opportunities

  • K–12 Teacher
  • Actor
  • Artistic Director
  • Box Office Manager
  • Casting Agent
  • Choreographer
  • College Professor
  • Costume Designer
  • Director
  • Drama Teacher
  • Grip (Stagehand)
  • Lighting Designer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Playwright
  • Private Acting Coach
  • Scenic Designer
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Sound Designer
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Theatre Critic
  • Theatre Professor

Faculty Contact

Andrew Ryder

Professor of Theatre; Theatre Department Chair

Email: aryder@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2008
Office: McKinley 201

Why Study Theatre?

Why Study Theatre?

Studying theatre, performing theatre, and otherwise engaging in the world and work of theatre will enrich your life and offer you many career and life opportunities.

Andrew Ryder - Why I Teach

Why I Teach at SPU

Andrew Ryder, Professor of Theatre; Theatre Chair

“I teach at SPU because I believe strongly in the importance of Christian liberal arts education. Studying the arts in such an environment allowed me to wrestle with important questions, because I trusted my professors and their perspectives. I work hard to develop and maintain with my students the same trust and openness to questions.”

Jerry Collum - Why I Teach

Why I Teach at SPU

Jerry Collum, Assistant Professor of Theatre; Technical Director

“Theatre at its core is a collaborative art form. This is the primary reason I have joined the academic ranks — in order to help young people discover the joy of working together in creating productions for the stage. At SPU I have found students who embrace this collaborative idea in their hearts, which is extremely rewarding to me as a teacher.”

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