Theatre Arts Education K-12 BA
The Theatre Education program is designed to produce students with a strong liberal arts and pedagogical foundation preparing them to work effectively in a variety of theatre education settings, in related industries, or in graduate study. Graduates are practitioners with training that can be applied to educational settings (both public and private), as well as other existing and emerging theatre-in-education environments. Students develop general and specialized skill sets in educational theatre as well as master knowledge of theatre, history, theory and practice. They implement processes that integrate current "best practices" and creative applications to new situations. They learn to collaborate. Our students benefit from a strong critical studies core where curriculum develops analytical skills and creates the foundation for collaborative application and experimentation. Students leave our program with pedagogical strength, spiritual awareness, intellectual attributes, character, and a commitment to life-long learning and service to assist themselves, their students, and their families in an optimal learning environment.
Pre-service Theatre Arts Education students are accepted into the Theatre Arts Education Major through an application process (Theatre Arts Education Major Application). On acceptance into the program, students complete a preclinical preparation. In this phase pre-service teachers are introduced to and learn concepts, ideas and theories in the classroom. Theatre pedagogy courses are taught in coordination with content-specific courses and education courses taught in the McKay School of Education. In addition to course work required during this phase of the program the theatre education program requires students to participate in co-curricular activities that introduce the student to practical skills necessary to run a theatre program in a secondary school setting. Theatre shops and stages and local secondary schools classrooms work as laboratories for our students. The pre-clinical phase is followed by clinical work in theatre education practicum and student teaching courses. In this phase pre-service teachers apply those curricular ideas in a variety of practical/ secondary school settings.
Pre-service teachers who complete the BA in Theatre Arts Education will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:Effective Communication
Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively with their peers, students and other teaching and learning communities by exhibiting a working knowledge of curriculum design, delivery and assessment along with examples of their own self-reflective practices.
Students will demonstrate their ability to integrate dramatic strategies and skills into arts and non-arts based elementary and secondary educational environments by practicing educational sensitivity to differences in students and learning preferences.
Students will demonstrate professional pedagogical practices by thinking critically about educational trends and transferring their knowledge and training in theatre arts education into creating, developing, and implementing standards-based comprehensive theatre curriculum into their classroom and professional communities.
Students will demonstrate their scholarly ability as theatre practitioners by applying appropriate technology to curriculum, exhibiting a working knowledge of all major elements of theatre history, theory, and practice, and engaging with the great works of theatre and media.
Students demonstrate their ability to practice and articulate their ethics of theatre by applying gospel-centered values as they contribute to classrooms and individual learners, exercising moral reasoning when faced with ethical dilemmas in their classroom, school or district, and demonstrating a commitment to embracing inclusion, diversity and making a positive difference in their sphere of influence.
EPP candidates will meet the Utah Effective Teaching Standards (UETS) at the basic competence level.
Evidence of Learning
The Theatre Arts Education program has established, in coordination with the McKay School of Education, four transition points (admission to the program, preclinical phase, post-clinical phase, and alumni) for assessing teacher candidates. At each of these transition points, teacher candidates are evaluated on multiple, common assessments developed and established by the faculty. These assessments include, but are not limited to, evaluations of academic performance (lesson plans, cases studies, teacher work samples, etc.), professional and interpersonal behavior measures, dispositional measures, and clinical practice measures, all of which are linked and tied to the program aims and INTASC standards. Common assignments and assessment outcomes are collected via LiveText, an online data retrieval/eportfolio system. This system allows authorized personnel to access any and all data sources (artifacts, assessments, etc.) to create summary reports at the class, course, and program levels. The assessment information, as indicated earlier, is collected in an ongoing fashion during or at the conclusion of each major transition point.
The Theatre Arts Education faculty utilizes core assessment tools that are approved by the McKay School of Education, the secondary design team and the University Council on Teacher Education. These tools are cooperatively used by teacher education programs across campus and include:
1. Teacher Work Sample
2. Clinical Practice Assessment Forms (formative and Summative)
3. Candidate Disposition Scale
In addition to these core assessments the Theatre Arts Education program also assesses students through:
1. Written examinations
2. Written philosophy statements about teaching
3. Written and verbal evaluation of lesson plans and classroom management plans
4. Immediate verbal and written faculty assessment of teaching observations
5. Student assessment of in-class performances
6. Monitoring progress through the College Advisement Center and department advisement.
1. Feedback from cooperating teachers in the practicum and student teaching experience
2. Professional activity of graduates within the state and national theatre education associations.
3. Student evaluations
4. Alumni Questionnaire
5. Senior Survey
6. AIMS survey.
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
Analysis, Evaluation, and Improvement Process
Theatre Arts Education faculty members work with administrative leaders in the Department of Teacher Education to analyze and evaluate the generated data and assessment outcomes at regular intervals associated with the four major transition points. This analysis takes place with reports generated by and through the Assessment Team. These reports are prepared at the end of each semester, providing summaries of student performance as well as access to the artifacts and assessments that produced the data. These summaries are reviewed by the Theatre Arts Education faculty to identify program strengths and weaknesses. Through thoughtful discussion and debate, consensus is reached, targets/goals for change are identified, and procedures are put in place to achieve the goals. When and if necessary, proposals are forwarded to the University Council on Teacher Education and the University Curriculum Committee for approval.