Teaching Theater Arts
PK-12 B.A. Concentration


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.

This concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing theater education. In addition to transcript review and the submission of an essay detailing goals for the concentration, students must:

Admission Requirements:

• Have earned 45 to 60 credits. Submit scores for the Praxis Core (Reading, Writing,

and Mathematics) tests to the committee. [It is strongly recommended that students take the Praxis Core tests as soon as ENGL 302, a course in literature, and a course in mathematics have been completed.]

• Maintain an overall GPA of 2.80 in all course work completed at Mason

and in course work at all institutions of higher learning combined.

• Earn no grade lower than a C in theater and professional education courses

needed for graduation.


Upon fulfilling THR 448, 449, 450, 451, EDRD 300, EDUC 301, and EDUC 302, students must complete 15 weeks of a full-time student teaching internship (THR 455). Applications for placement, subject to approval of the unit, are submitted to the Field Placement Specialist in the College of Education and Human Development at the beginning of the previous semester. Prior to applying for a teaching Internship, Praxis Core and VCLA passing scores must be officially recorded in Banner.



Concentration Requirements

Required Core Courses:

THR 448 - Foundations of Theater Education - Credits: 3

or EDUC 422 - Foundations of Secondary Education - Credits: 3

THR 449 - Elementary Theater Education Credits: 3 *
THR 450 - Secondary Theater Education Credits: 3 *
THR 451 - Theater Pedagogy Credits: 2 *
EDRD 300 - Literacy and Curriculum Integration - Credits: 3
EDUC 301 - Educationally Diverse Populations: Handicapped, Gifted, Multicultural - Credits: 3
EDUC 302 - Human Growth and Development - Credits: 3
THR 455 - Theater Education Internship - Credits: 4-12 (must be taken for 4 credits)

* Theater Education for Theater Arts PK-12 concentration students must complete these courses as part of their Upper Level Elective core requirement.

FAQ_for_Teaching_Theatre_Arts_PK-12 (PDF File) (updated Feb. 2014)
THR_Ed_Undergraduate_Internship_Application (PDF File) (updated Feb. 2014)


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