George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student’s responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure (PDF file) by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law a social security number is required for licensure.
The Teaching Theatre Arts Pre-K – 12 Graduate Certificate is a pre-service program that prepares students who hold an undergraduate degree in Theatre (BFA, BA or equivalent) for Theatre Arts licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Development, the Certificate curriculum consists of graduate-level Theater and Education courses, school practicum experience and pre-service teaching internship.
To apply to the program, candidates must meet the following perquisites:
Completed a major in theatre OR 33 semester hours distributed among the following areas:
a. Directing: 6 semester hours;
b. Technical theatre: 9 semester hours;
c. Cultural context and theatre history: 3 semester hours;
d. Performance: 6 semester hours;
e. Dramatic literature: 9 semester hours.
Students who have completed ALL endorsements, including Praxis I, are eligible for enrollment into the Graduate Certificate Program for Teaching Theatre PK-12. This certificate can be earned on a full time or part time basis. All Virginia requirements must be met to achieve licensure.
• Official Transcript (with Undergraduate degree conferral on transcript)
• Two letters of recommendation
• Teaching Philosophy Statement: Describe your teaching philosophy, focusing
on the integration of the arts in the classroom.
• Praxis I
Additional information about requirements for admission and how to apply can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.
For application information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://cvpa.gmu.edu
THR 548 - Advanced Foundations of Theater Education - Credits: 3 or EDUC 521 - Foundations of Education, PK-12 - Credits: 3
EDRD 501 - Literacy and Curriculum Integration, PK-12 - Credits: 3
EDUC 539 - Human Development and Learning PK-12 - Credits: 3
THR 549 - Advanced Elementary Theater Ed - Credits: 3
THR 550 - Advanced Secondary Education - Credits: 3
6 credits of THR 555 - Practical Teaching Experience - Credits: 4-12
Prior to Internship, must pass: VCLA, technology & child abuse standards
FAQ_for_Teaching_Theatre_Arts_PK-12 II (PDF File)
THR_Ed_Graduate_Certificate_Internship_Application (PDF File)
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THR_Ed_Endorsement_Requirement_Worksheet (PDF File)