Are you committed to the empowerment of children to develop their full potential? Do you believe that inspiration and education informs a robust democratic society?

You can pursue a career as a professional educator, academically and technologically proficient in the science of theatre arts education; knowledgeable, skilled and reflective in your practice and committed to the empowerment of students so as to develop their full potential.

Build your own skills on the stage and in the studio while mastering cutting-edge educational methods. Test your moxie under the supervision of your professors through our outstanding studio, internship, classroom and performance/technical experiences. Work with ECU Storybook Theatre to garner hands-on authentic theatre arts education experience with K–12 students. Prepare yourself under the direction of seasoned veteran teachers through multiple pre-professional experiences. Graduate with the skills you need to change the world.

ECU Advantage

Our dedicated faculty have worlds of experience touching the lives of audiences all over through theatre arts education. Be a part of a fun, evolving field while you educate children of a variety of ages.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Patricia (Patch) Clark (202 Messick Building; 328-1196; clarkp@ecu.edu)

Students interested in this program should contact the department chair prior to enrollment. See College of Education, Licensure, for NC teacher licensure requirements. Students are admitted to the program by jury audition, writing sample, and interview.

Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology

  • PSYC 2777 - Ethnocultural Psychology or
  • SOCI 1010 - Race, Gender, Class
  • Choose 6 s.h. from:
    • ENGL 3070 - Shakespeare: The Histories
    • ENGL 3080 - Shakespeare: The Comedies
    • ENGL 3090 - Shakespeare: The Tragedies
    • ENGL 3330 - Early Twentieth-Century Drama
    • ENGL 3340 - Contemporary Drama
2. Core - 56 s.h.
  • DNCE 1011 - Ballet I or
  • DNCE 1012 - Contemporary Dance I or
  • DNCE 1013 - Jazz Dance I

  • THEA 1010 - Introduction to Acting I
  • THEA 1020 - Introduction to Acting II
  • THEA 2001 - Stage Scenery I
  • THEA 2006 - The Art of Make-up
  • THEA 2015 - Voice and Articulation
  • THEA 2035 - Theatre History-Literature I
  • THEA 3003 - Stage Lighting
  • THEA 3004 - Scenery Design I
  • THEA 3007 - Costume Design
  • THEA 3015 - Oral Interpretation
  • THEA 3030 - Youth Theatre I
  • THEA 3035 - Theatre History-Literature II
  • THEA 3036 - Theatre History-Literature III
  • THEA 4030 - Creative Dramatics
  • THEA 4040 - Directing I
  • THEA 4041 - Directing II
  • THEA 4065 - Stage Management
  • THEA 4066 - Theatre Management
3. Professional courses - 27 s.h.
  • EDTC 4001 - Technology in Education
  • EDUC 3200 - Foundations of American Education

  • EDUC 4400 - Foundations of School Learning, Motivation, and Assessment or
  • PSYC 4305 - Educational Psychology

  • READ 3990 - Teaching Reading in the Content Areas in the Secondary School
  • SPED 4010 - Effective Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms
  • THEA 2123 - Early Experiences for the Prospective Teacher
  • THEA 4323 - The Teaching of Theatre Arts in Grades K-12
  • THEA 4324 - Internship in Theatre Education
  • THEA 4325 - Internship Seminar: Issues in Theatre Education
4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
    • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.