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 and the Arts and Social Entrepreneurship (A&SE) Certificate.

For more information please see: https://uwm.edu/arts/theatre/theatre-education/.

Requirements

BA in Theatre Education Program Requirements are distributed as follows:

University Core Curriculum45
Theatre Department Core32
BA Theatre Education Track Requirements 43
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 see: uwm.edu/arts/theatre/theatre-education.

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
Humanities6
Natural Sciences (Must include one lab)6
Social Sciences6
Cultural Diversity 43
Electives
Additional Electives9
Credits in Peck School of the Arts 59
University Credits (outside of Theatre)6
Total Credits45

Theatre Department Core 

Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of the Actor's Process
Acting for Non-majors
Theatre and Social Change
Storytelling:
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 1
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 Change (if not taken previously)3
THEATRE 260Storytelling: (if not taken previously) 23
THEATRE 320Arts and Social Entrepreneurship3
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 484Field Work in Theatre3
THEATRE 485Elementary Level Student Teaching in Theatre6
THEATRE 486Secondary Student Teaching in Theatre6
Total Credits43

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

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
THEATRE 110 Fundamentals of the Actor's Process 3
THEATRE 214
Stagecraft
or Costume Construction
2-4
THEATRE 305 The Theatrical Experience: 3
University Core 6
 Credits14-16
Spring
THEATRE 230 Acting 2: Text and Performance 3
THEATRE 260 Storytelling: (subtitle) 3
THEATRE 214
Stagecraft
or Costume Construction
2-4
University Core 6
 Credits14-16
Year 2
Fall
THEATRE 204 Theatre and Social Change 3
THEATRE 213 Play Analysis 3
THEATRE 236 Theatre Production and Design 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Spring
THEATRE 275 Performing Arts Management 3
THEATRE 321 The Theatre: Beginnings Through Realism 3
THEATRE 359 Playwriting 3
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
ED PSY 330 Introduction to Learning and Development 3
University Core 3
 Credits16
Year 3
Fall
THEATRE 322 The Theatre: Modern and Contemporary Period 3
THEATRE 448 How to be a Teaching Artist 3
THEATRE 473 Theatre in Elementary Education 3
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
CURRINS 545 Reading in the Content Areas: Middle, Junior, and Senior High School 3
University Core 3
 Credits16
Spring
THEATRE 320 Arts and Social Entrepreneurship 3
THEATRE 474 Theatre in Secondary Education 3
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
EXCEDUC 300
The Exceptional Individual
or Inclusion for Secondary Educators: Humanities, the Arts, Foreign Language
or Survey of Exceptional Education
or Child, Learner, Disabilities
3
University Core 6
 Credits16
Year 4
Fall
THEATRE 360 Theatre Practices: 1
THEATRE 410 Stage Directing 3
THEATRE 484 Field Work in Theatre 3
University Core 6
 Credits13
Spring
THEATRE 485 Elementary Level Student Teaching in Theatre 6
THEATRE 486 Secondary Student Teaching in Theatre 6
 Credits12
 Total Credits116-120

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.

Continuation

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.

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Reception Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday
(closed on university holidays)
Contact: (414) 229-4763

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

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

For more information on Peck School of the Arts advising, please visit http://uwm.edu/arts/advising/.

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.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

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.