Jun 19, 2024  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theatre, Teacher Licensure, B.S.

Theatre and Dance  
Jeff Gibson, chair

The Theatre and Dance Department offers one teacher licensure program: Theatre (grades K-12). MTSU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Students will complete a Theatre major and 21 hours of additional coursework for the Teacher Licensure in Theatre. There is also a Secondary Education Minor  requirement. Students must contact their Secondary Education minor advisors for approval of appropriate courses. (For specific procedures and additional requirements for teacher licensure, see College of Education .)

Students majoring in Theatre must receive a grade of C or better in all courses in their major for the course to count as a prerequisite or to count toward graduation. No more than 50 percent of coursework (60 credits of 120 required) for the degree may be completed in THEA coursework.

Admission to Candidacy

All students are required to be admitted to candidacy to earn a B.S. degree in Theatre. Candidacy is required as a prerequisite to enrollment in some upper-division THEA courses, including THEA 3700 , THEA 4800 , THEA 4810 , THEA 4900 , and THEA 4990 .

For guaranteed admission to candidacy, a student must have

  • completed all learning support requirements;
  • completed all high school deficiencies;
  • completed 30 hours of coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • completed all candidacy courses (12 hours) with a grade of 2.0 (C) or better: THEA 1015 , THEA 2000 , THEA 2100 , THEA 2900 , and THEA 3820 ; and earned a GPA of 3.5 on all THEA coursework.
Candidacy Appeals

Students who complete each of the above THEA candidacy courses with a grade of 2.0 (C) or better but fail to meet one or more of the other requirements may appeal for admission.

A limited number of students may be admitted to candidacy on appeal, based upon available resources and upon faculty committee recommendation. Approval by appeal will be based on exceptional circumstances and/or exceptional talent and/or diversity considerations.

Candidacy admission by appeal will be granted following faculty committee review near the beginning and end of each Fall and Spring term as announced by email. Online appeal applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with deadlines announced via email.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Theatre, Teacher Licensure, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 50 hours
     Theatre Core    29 hours
     Additional Requirements for
    Teacher Licensure in Theatre
21 hours
Secondary Education Minor 27 hours
Electives 2 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements include Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (50 hours)

Secondary Education Minor (27 hours)

Electives (2 hours)

Recommended Curriculum: Theatre, Teacher Licensure

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

All students pursuing a major within this department must complete the General Education requirements. The following is a suggested pattern of study; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.


Subtotal: 31 Hours

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Subtotal: 33 Hours


Subtotal: 24 Hours