School of Theatre and Dance
Theatre Education Program Goals

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The Theatre Education Program at East Carolina University professionally prepares its graduates to teach theatre arts in grades K-12 in the public schools. The curriculum is designed to develop the skills and knowledge of the graduate  in the discipline of theatre arts while, at the same time, providing a sound base of study in the liberal arts, science, mathematics and technology.


The program of study in Theatre Education is designed to assist students in the development of the following competencies:


  1. An appreciation for theatre arts as a viable transmitter of history, culture, humanities, and aesthetic enjoyment.
  2. An understanding of theatre arts as a multifaceted experience.
  3. A knowledge of the creative process and practical application of theatre arts in the development of positive self-awareness.
  4. Development of aesthetic skills and knowledge necessary for the appreciation of theatre as an art form.
  5. Development of higher-level thinking skills through theatre techniques and experiences.
  6. Appreciation for theatre as a potential arena for multicultural and interdisciplinary experiences.

Because of the broad base of knowledge and skills required in theatre arts, historical and aesthetic awareness of the various components of theatre arts is one of the critical outcomes for the Theatre Education program of study. The development of a competent working knowledge in technical theatre combined with developed skills in production and performance will serve as a strong foundation for Theatre Education students.


  1. Graduates of the program will be "theatre practitioners" themselves and foster the same in their students.
  2. Graduates of the program will know and understand what constitutes the body of knowledge in theatre arts and, as such, will practice and promote lifelong learning and appreciation for theatre arts.
  3. Graduates of the program will be able to organize and present the content of theatre arts with an understanding of sequence and progression.
  4. Graduates of the program will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of their instruction and the effectiveness of pupil performance.
  5. Graduates of the program will be able to provide appropriate feedback and affirm student learning.
  6. Graduates of the program will be able to manage the learning environment in such a way to maximize time on task and aesthetic learning time.
  7. Graduates of the program will be able to utilize a variety of instructional models as appropriate to the content and context of theatre arts. Graduates of the program will incorporate a variety of pedagogical methods to enhance student learning and meet the needs of diverse learners.