Theatre Studies Track: Teacher Certification Pathway

UMBC Department of Theatre offers a four-year pathway for students desiring to achieve a Certification in Secondary Theatre Education

Theatre majors seeking teacher certification at the secondary level (grades 7-12) must meet all BA Theatre (Theatre Studies track) requirements with the exception THTR 460: Theatre Capstone. Students will be advised to complete the BA in Theatre (Theatre Studies track) by taking suggested electives that best prepare them to produce theatrical productions in grades 7-12. Upon successful completion of their Theatre BA course work, an additional 33 credits in the UMBC Department of Education and student teaching, students are recommended by the UMBC Dept. of Education for teacher certification in the State of Maryland.

Students wishing to teach in Maryland after graduation are eligible for the full tuition Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship. Details can be found here.

THTR BA, Theatre Studies with Recommended Elective Courses for Secondary Certification

Theatre Core: Credits (36)

THTR 100 Stagecraft (3)

THTR 104 Costume Construction (3)

THTR 220 Craft of Acting (3)

THTR 120 Intro to Theatre: Theory & Production (3)

THTR 202 Drama Literature (3)

One 200-level Design Course (3)

  • THTR 232 Scene Design (3)
  • THTR 233 Costume Design (3)

THTR 261 Theatre Production: Running Crew (1)

THTR 262 Theatre Production: Light & Sound (1)

THTR 263 Theatre Production: Costumes OR THTR 264 Theatre Production: Scenery (1)

THTR 305 Ensemble I (3)

THTR 310 History of Theatre (3)

THTR 344 Script Analysis (3)

THTR 411 Modern Theatre: History & Practice (3)


Teaching Certification Requirement

THTR 407 Theatre Methods (replaces THTR 460: Capstone in the THTR BA: Theatre Studies)


Theatre Studies Track Requirements: Credits (11)

THTR 405 Ensemble II (3)


Executive Series “E”

THTR 350 Directing I (4)


Literature Series “L”

One of the following: (3)

THTR 349 Gender, Sex & Theatre Performance (3)

THTR 410 Contemporary Political Theatre (3)

THTR 470 Drama Seminar (3)


Production/Performance Requirement: Credits (2 – 6)

As part of their final four semesters, all students in the BA Concentration in Theatre Studies must complete two semesters of production/performance coursework. These may be fulfilled with any of the following:

THTR 339 Advanced Production Techniques

THTR 390 Theatre in Production

THTR 439 Advanced Design Techniques

THTR 490 Production Workshop