The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Theatre (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Arts

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theater with focus on Theatre/Film prepares a student to work in the arts and entertainment industries, in either live theater or recorded media such as film, television, commercials, and music videos. Depending upon their concentration within the program, students may be prepared for performance or direction in multiple media; theatrical design and technical production jobs; and/or film and television production. The BA in Theater also prepares students for entry into graduate school or secondary education. Other employment opportunities in related fields, such as advertising and development, exist due to the liberal arts emphasis of this degree. Students also gain social skills, including teamwork and project leadership that are valuable to employers in any field.

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once.

Major Requirements – 48 Hours

Required courses:

Theatre/Film Core – 30 hours

THTF 1330Stagecraft

3

THTF 1336Introduction to Film & Video Production

3

THTF 1351Acting I

3

THTF 2355Script Analysis

3

THTF 2361/COMM 2310Video and Film Editing I

3

THTF 3111Practicum I

1

THTF 4122Practicum II

1

THTF 4133Practicum III

1

THTF 4311Directing I

3

THTF 4312Directing II

3

THTF 4316History of Theatre I

3

THTF 4317History of Theatre II

3

Design - 18 hours

Required:
THTF 1342Costume Technology

3

THTF 2335Theater Design

3

THTF 3321Creative Drama

3

THTF 4351Theory and Styles of Acting

3

Choose one:
THTF 3311Contemporary Drama

3

THTF 3312/ENGL 3332World Drama

3

Choose one:
THTF 3331Scene Design

3

THTF 3333Costume Design

3

Free Electives – 3 Hours

Free electives credit hours required may vary to achieve the institutional minimum of 120 hours for a degree.

Teacher Certification – 27 Hours

Area of Certification: Theatre (EC-12)

EDFR 2301Intercultural Context of Schooling

3

EDUC 3301The Teaching Profession and Student Learning in Contemporary Schools

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

EDUC 4306Implementing and Assessing Effective Secondary Content Pedagogy

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Teacher Education Requirements:

 Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Teacher Education Requirements:

Admission to the Clinical Teaching Program is required for successful completion of the teacher education program. For current clinical teaching program admission, application process and timeline visit the Clinical (Student) Teaching Program website  

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 


Theater Requirements: 

All THTF courses require a grade of “C” or better.