The BA in Theatre Practices - Theatre Education supports a professional track for students seeking a Wisconsin Theatre Teaching license in K-12 Theatre (WI DPI License #1325). The BA Theatre Ed. engages students in focusing their study on educational and social justice theatre, devising and performing new work, storytelling, dramaturgy, directing, playwriting, and arts and social entrepreneurship.

Our innovative curriculum invites students to begin by building core theatre skills, then gradually applying them to a range of projects, settings, and populations. This culminates in in-depth application of these skills through internships, community placements and a Capstone of Semester - Long Student Teaching. It also offers students the option to earn a Cultures and Communities (C&C) certificate.

For more information please see the Theatre Education, BA program page.


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  • Art & Design (BA and BFA Programs)
  • Dance (BA and BFA Programs) 
  • Film, Video, Animation & New Genres (BA and BFA Programs)
  • Music (Composition & Technology Program)
  • Theatre (BFA Production and BA Theatre Education Programs)

Credit Overview

BA in Theatre Education Program Requirements are distributed as follows:

University Core Curriculum39
Theatre Department Core30
BA Theatre Education Track Requirements 41
Total Credits120

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education Licensure Program

The BA Theatre Education Program (Theatre Education) is a track within the BA in Theatre Practices degree program. It is a 120-credit degree that prepares urban theatre teachers for teaching in grades PK4-12.

Admission and Continuation Requirements: Students are typically admitted into Theatre Education in their Senior year of High School. Student may also apply to the Theatre Education program while majoring in another Theatre degree program. Students may also apply to transfer into the program from within UWM or from other higher education programs as well. Once accepted to the university, candidates apply to the program through the PSOA portal.

All Theatre Education students must maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (within general University courses) and a 3.0 within the major to be in good standing and continue in the program.

All teacher candidates must take and pass the Praxis II Theatre Content Test, or pass a Portfolio equivalent (as determined by the program), and have successfully completed the Communication and Foreign Language Competencies, Oral and Written Communication (OWC) parts A and B, and Quantitative Literacy (QL) parts A and B, prior to being approved for student teaching.

Communications Requirement: Students interested in pursuing a professional education teaching credential must take a communications course. At UWM theatre students are required to take THEATRE 260.

Human Relations Requirement: The Human Relations Requirement provides prospective teachers with awareness and understanding of  intercultural relations within the educational setting. The requirement is met with coursework and service-learning opportunities. Effective July 1, 1992, and pursuant to 1987 Wisconsin Act 31, a license to teach may be granted when “the applicant has received instruction in the study of minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in this state.” Currently, this requirement is met through satisfactory completion and a passing grade in one of the following courses: AIS 203, HIST 263, ANTHRO 213, or ENGLISH 276 (with the special topic "Literature, History, and Sovereignty of Upper Midwest Indians"), or Wisconsin Act 31 seminar attendance. Questions regarding this requirement should be directed  to the student's academic advisor.

Fieldwork and Student Teaching: A passing score on the Praxis II Theatre Content Test, clear criminal background check, and negative TB test, along with an application of intent are required prior to working in public schools and student teaching. 

Teaching Portfolio: Pursuant to WI statutes and regulations, Theatre Education requires that students compile an externally reviewed teaching portfolio (EdTPA) that demonstrates teaching proficiency in their area of expertise. They also must submit an exit portfolio, administered internally by the Theatre Education program, demonstrating proficiency in WI teaching standards.

Application for WI #1325 Theatre Teacher License: In keeping with DPI requirements, Theatre Education students must have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average within the general University and 3.0 in the major to be approved to apply for a teaching license after graduation. Following admission to Theatre Education and successful completion of the specified course of study (see below) a student seeking recommendation for teacher licensure must successfully fulfill the following:

  1. Fulfill all degree requirements;
  2. Fulfill the Field Experience Requirement (embedded in course work within the program);
  3. Demonstrate at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 within the major;
  4. Pass the Praxis II Theatre Content Exam or the portfolio equivalent;
  5. Successfully complete student teaching;
  6. Successfully complete an EdTPA portfolio;
  7. Successfully demonstrate mastery of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for a career in the field of theatre education through the submission of an initial-professional educator-portfolio, which is assessed by program faculty (as per DPI requirement);
  8. Pass all teacher evaluations/tests required by the State of Wisconsin.

BA Theatre Education Requirements

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Education is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits. BA Theatre majors are required to fulfill the department’s core, maintain a 2.75 GPA in the major, and earn a C grade or better in all Theatre Core courses.

BA Theatre students execute a capstone course project as a culminating demonstration of their learning. K-12 Theatre Education students complete their capstone experience through student teaching. All capstones and student teaching are evaluated through a presentation of research and/or portfolio process.

The Theatre Education track prepares students to be urban educators in Wisconsin classrooms, grades K-12. They are expected to earn a 2.5 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA within the major and earn a C grade or better in all Theatre Core courses. On successful completion of all degree requirements, Theatre Education students are recommended for #1325 Theatre licensure in the State of Wisconsin. For more information please visit the Theatre Education BA program page.

University Core

General Education Requirements 1
Competencies 1
Oral and Written Communication – Part A and Part B 2,3
Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B 2,3
Foreign Language 2,3
Distribution Requirements 1
Natural Sciences (Must include one lab)6
Social Sciences6
Cultural Diversity 40
Credits in Peck School of the Arts 59
University Credits (outside of Theatre) 612
Total Credits39

Learn more about the General Education Requirements.


Credits may be utilized in required curriculum areas.


Theatre students must complete the General Education Requirements (GER) in Oral and Written Communication competency (OWC), Quantitative Literacy competency (QL), and Foreign Language proficiency prior to enrolling in 310-level or above theatre courses.


Should be met by one of the following ACT 31 approved courses: AIS 203, ANTHRO 213, HIST 263 , and will count toward 3 credits of Social Science.  


9 credits are required in 3 of the 4 other departments in PSOA, outside of the student's discipline: Art and Design, Dance, Music, Theatre, or Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres.


The 3 required School of Education courses (listed below) could fulfill 9 of these credits allowing 9 additional credits of electives. See your advisor for more information.

Theatre Department Core 

THEATRE 260Storytelling: 13
THEATRE 230Acting 2: Text and Performance3
THEATRE 213Play Analysis3
THEATRE 214Stagecraft (with lab)4
THEATRE 225Costume Construction (with lab)2
THEATRE 236Theatre Production and Design3
THEATRE 275Performing Arts Management3
THEATRE 305The Theatrical Experience:3
THEATRE 321The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism3
THEATRE 322The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period3
Total Credits30

Theatre Education Track Requirements and Electives 

Required School of Education Courses 2
ED PSY 330Introduction to Learning and Development3
CURRINS 545Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School3
or CURRINS 343 Teaching of Reading
Select one of the following:3
The Exceptional Individual
Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language
Child, Learner, Disabilities
Required Theatre Education Courses
THEATRE 204Theatre and Social Change3
THEATRE 359Playwriting3
THEATRE 360Theatre Practices: (with the special topic "TYA"; must take 4 times for 4 credits total)4
THEATRE 410Stage Directing3
THEATRE 448How to be a Teaching Artist3
THEATRE 473Theatre in Elementary Education3
THEATRE 474Theatre in Secondary Education3
THEATRE 475Rehearsal and Performance: 34
THEATRE 484Field Work in Theatre3
THEATRE 485Elementary Level Student Teaching in Theatre6
THEATRE 486Secondary Student Teaching in Theatre6
Theatre Education Electives 410
Total Credits51

Satisfies the DPI Communication requirement. 


Can be completed as part of the University Core. 


Course taken twice for 4 credits.


Additional courses in Theatre and Education - see your PSOA & Theatre advisors for recommendations.

Theatre Education: Example of Required Courses in 4-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
or Costume Construction
THEATRE 260 Storytelling: 3
THEATRE 305 The Theatrical Experience: 3
University Core 6
THEATRE 230 Acting 2: Text and Performance 3
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis 3
Costume Construction
or Stagecraft
THEATRE 475 Rehearsal and Performance: 2
University Core 6
Year 2
THEATRE 236 Theatre Production and Design 3
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management 3
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist 3
University Core 6
THEATRE 204 Theatre and Social Change 3
THEATRE 321 The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism 3
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
ED PSY 330 Introduction to Learning and Development 3
University Core 6
Year 3
THEATRE 322 The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period 3
THEATRE 410 Stage Directing 3
THEATRE 473 Theatre in Elementary Education 3
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
University Core 6
THEATRE 474 Theatre in Secondary Education 3
THEATRE 475 Rehearsal and Performance: 2
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
Select one of the following: 3
The Exceptional Individual
Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language
Child, Learner, Disabilities
Electives/University Core 6
Year 4
THEATRE 202 Theatre Practicum (or Elective/University Core) 1
THEATRE 359 Playwriting 3
THEATRE 484 Field Work in Theatre 3
CURRINS 545 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School 3
Electives/University Core 3
THEATRE 485 Elementary Level Student Teaching in Theatre 6
THEATRE 486 Secondary Student Teaching in Theatre 6
 Total Credits120

Application Process

Admission to The BA in Theatre Practices degree is based on acceptance to the university. At that time, students are required to take part in a placement interview with a BA faculty advisor, which helps determine the choice of electives, including what practices and areas of interest a student wishes to focus on. The Theatre Education track requires an interview before being accepted into the program.

Advance to Major/Retention

To be accepted and continue in good standing within any Theatre degree program, students must meet or exceed all general university requirements, have and maintain a 2.5 GPA overall (with the exception of Theatre Education majors). BA degree majors must also maintain a 2.75 GPA within the major. Theatre Education majors must maintain a 3.0 in the major. All BFA degree majors must maintain a 3.0 in the major. Additionally, all Theatre majors in all programs must pass all Theatre Core courses with a C grade or better. Students will be put on probation inside the major, and may be denied continuation in their program, if they receive a D grade or lower in any Theatre Core courses, which are:

THEATRE 110Fundamentals of the Actor's Process3
THEATRE 204Theatre and Social Change3
THEATRE 213Play Analysis3
THEATRE 214Stagecraft4
THEATRE 225Costume Construction2
THEATRE 230Acting 2: Text and Performance3
THEATRE 236Theatre Production and Design3
THEATRE 260Storytelling:3
THEATRE 275Performing Arts Management3
THEATRE 305The Theatrical Experience:3
THEATRE 321The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism3
THEATRE 322The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period3

As per Wisconsin State statutes, all Theatre Education students must also pass the Praxis II Theatre Content test, or a portfolio equivalent as determined by the program, before being allowed to engage in their student teaching fieldwork.


Students who are in danger of being dropped from the program, or put on probation, will receive a written warning. Any Theatre student who is dropped or suspended from his/her program (due to failing/low grades and/or academic misconduct) has the right to an appeal. Any student wishing to appeal must inform the Chair and his/her Area Head of their interest and in writing. Students must then meet with the Chair and the Area Head to discuss their appeal. The appeal may then be forwarded to the Theatre Department Appeals Committee and the Theatre Department Chair. Appeals committee findings will be given to the student in writing and in a timely manner.

Theatre Practices BA: Theatre Education Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Theatre Education BA program will be able to: 

  • Identify, describe, and employ central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline of theatre and drama to create learning experiences that make this subject matter meaningful for pupils.  
  • Translate their knowledge into appropriate instructional activities and lessons for their students. 
  • Evaluate the effect of their choices and actions on pupils, parents, professionals in the learning community, and others who seek out opportunities to grow professionally.  
  • Engage in ongoing reflection and assessment, leading to improving professional practice.  
  • Be accountable for student learning and development by engaging in professional activities grounded in best practices and professional standards.  
  • Have the knowledge of how children with broad ranges of ability learn and provide pupils with instruction that supports their intellectual, social, and personal development. This includes cognition, language, socio-emotional development, and gross and fine motor skills. 
  • Identify the unique potential of individual learners, appreciating the role of the students’ cultures and communities in shaping their development, optimizing learning.  
  • Adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of pupils, including those with disabilities and exceptionalities by viewing all children and youth as integral and contributing members of the larger educational environment. 
  • Assess the expertise of, and work collaboratively with other professionals, agency representatives, and families to determine appropriate learning environments and supportive services for their students. This process is grounded in an understanding of socio-cultural and economic factors and graduates can differentiate between cultural and socioeconomic differences and disabilities.  
  • Employ a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology to encourage children’s development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. Graduates know their goals and will articulate and reach them using a repertoire of approaches that are consistent with the profession.  
  • Apply information regarding individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.  
  • Create a safe learning environment in which difference is regarded as an asset and related issues are appropriately discussed and mediated.  
  • Provide emotional and behavioral support in a highly skilled, positive, and respectful manner.  
  • Engage in effective verbal and nonverbal communication techniques as well as instructional media and technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom through respect for students’ first languages and effect strategies to support English language learning.  
  • Organize and plan systematic instruction based upon knowledge of theatre subject matter, pupils, the community, and curriculum goals. Graduates will draw strategically on a range of well-developed curriculum resources and instructional methods to ensure that pupils meet standards at a rigorous pace and level. Achievement gaps and curriculum shortcomings will be consciously addressed through careful and strategic planning and instruction.  
  • Utilize formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of pupils. Graduates will be able to base their professional decisions on continuous assessment of their students through reflective and evaluative analysis that considers the effect of their practice on others and change approaches when goals are not met. 
  • Foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support pupil learning and well-being, acting with integrity and fairness in an ethical manner.  
  • Focus on theatre as a cultural, educational, and humanitarian art form. 


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Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional advising in the undergraduate disciplines of art, dance, film, music and theatre.

Our advisors provide students with individualized appointments to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, and more.

For more information please visit the Peck School of the Arts advising and student services page

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

College of the Arts and Architecture Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.