The major in theatre arts education prepares students to teach drama and theatre arts in secondary and middle schools. The major balances theory and practical application, and provides valuable insights in the operation of curricular and extracurricular programs in theatre. Students who plan to seek certification should maintain a relationship with both the Department of Education and the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences. Students are required to pass the Illinois Basic Skills Test to be admitted to a certification program, the appropriate contact area test prior to the student teaching semester, and the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching) test prior to program completion.
Please note: Students seeking secondary teaching certification in theatre are encouraged to consider obtaining an endorsement in secondary English.
Students majoring in theatre arts education must take the core courses for the theatre major and the following six courses:
COM 325 Oral Interpretation
THE 301 Voice and Movement for the Stage
THE 328 Creative Dramatics
THE 424 Directing
THE 440 Teaching Theatre Arts
ATA, ATD, ATT (Private instruction in Acting, Directing, or Design and Technology; Two terms at .50 credit)
NOTE: Students must complete the professional education requirements as established by the Department of Education and the State of Illinois.
Two of the following:
THE 314 History of Musical Theatre
THE 331 Histoy of Western Theatre I
THE 332 History of Western Theatre II
One of the following:
ENG 336 Contemporary Literature: Drama
ENG 345 Shakespeare
THE 470 Avant-garde Theatre
THE 471 Holocaust Theatre
Theatre literature elective
As part of the theatre core, theatre majors are required to participate actively in the mainstage production season at Elmhurst College. If not cast, the student must participate in some other capacity. Enrollment in a minimum of four terms of Theatre Practicum, COM 175-475 (quarter course) or Musical Theatre Practicum, COM 176-476 (quarter course) for credit or non-credit, is required regardless of date of entry into the program.