Theatre Arts, Major - Teaching

Teaching (Code 601-204)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements 3
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the four learning goals of our liberal education core and the 11 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experiences
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

University Requirements in Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences

College Requirements for Teacher Education

All candidates for teacher education baccalaureate degrees must also meet the following:

  1. Liberal Education requirements in the College of Education and Human Sciences.
  2. Grade point requirements:
    Resident 2.75 average
    Total 2.75 average
    Major 2.75 average
    Minor (for certification only) 2.75 average
  3. Residency requirements:
    Minimum Total 30 credits
    Senior Year 23 credits
    Major, in upper division courses 12 credits
    Comprehensive Major, in upper division courses 21 credits
  4. Criteria and requirements for Professional Programs and for Admission to the Professional Semester.
  5. Specific requirements of programs offered in the College of Education and Human Sciences. (See the departmental sections of this catalog.)

Early Adolescence Through Adolescence and Early Childhood through Adolescence

(formerly Secondary Education and Special Subjects)

Liberal Education Requirements are listed in the table below
K1 (Natural Sciences)
At least one Biology course
AND at least one of Chemistry, Physics, Geography, or Geology course (one science lab required)
K2 (Social Sciences)
PSYC 260Educational Psychology3
AND another learning experience
K3 (Humanities)
One literature course AND another learning experience
K4 (Fine Arts)
One fine arts course
S1 (Written and Oral Communication)
At least one writing course from the following:
Intensive Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Accelerated Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing
Blugold Seminar in Critical Reading and Writing for Transfer Students
AND at least one oral communication course from the following:
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech
Fundamentals of Human Communication
S2 (Mathematics)
LE approved math course
S3 (Creativity)
ES 497Field Experience Seminar (included in major)2
R1 (Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity)
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations (included in major)3
AND another learning experience
R2 (Global Perspectives)
One LE approved course
R3 (Civic and Environmental Issues)
One LE approved course
IL (Integration)
ES 497Field Experience Seminar (included in major)2
AND another learning experience

 NOTE: Course in Western History or Western Culture and course in Non-Western History or Non-Western Contemporary Culture is required. Check with an adviser for a list of courses meeting this requirement.

Teaching Licensure Requirements - EC-A Licensure

Program Options B and C

These program options are organized around content majors and education courses and are designed to prepare teachers for early adolescence through adolescence (EA-A) teaching or for early childhood through adolescence (EC-A) teaching in selected areas. Each program requires the student to complete:

  1. a comprehensive major (at least 60 credits) or a standard major (at least 36 credits) plus one of the following: another standard major (at least 36 credits), or a minor (at least 24 credits), or a certificate (12-18 credits). Students choosing another major or minor may choose from the approved majors and minors listed in the table below. The approved majors and minors lead to additional certification.
  2. a professional sequence consisting of teaching methods and related courses. Advising is done through the content major department.

Upon admission to program, candidates are assigned an adviser in education as well.

Option C: EC-A

Early Childhood through Adolescence Licensure

Professional Sequence
ES 212Initial Teaching Experience in Elementary, Middle, and High School Settings2
ES 312General Methods of Teaching2
ES 317Middle Level Methods and Curriculum2
ES 318Teacher Assisting1
ES 328Content Area Reading and Study Strategies2
ES 385Social Foundations: Human Relations3
ES 490Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations of Education3
ES 497Field Experience Seminar2
SPED 300Inclusive Practices for Secondary Educators2
Prescribed special methods course(s) (see approved majors and minors below)
Student Teaching Courses from list below:
ES 441Student Teaching in Elementary Education6
ES 445Student Teaching in Middle Level Education6
or ES 470 Student Teaching in Secondary Education
ES 440Internship Teaching in Elementary Education6-12
ES 446Internship Teaching in Middle Level Education6-12
ES 475Internship Teaching in Secondary Education6-12

NOTE 1: SPED 300 (not required of Kinesiology or Music majors).

NOTE 2: ES 441 is not required for Foreign Language majors and minors in the student teaching semester as an earlier elementary level field placement (required by DPI) occurs in ES 437.

NOTE 3: Music Education majors take MUED 318 instead of ES 318 and MUED 487 or MUED 488 instead of ES 441 and one of ES 445 or ES 470, or ES 440, or ES 446, or ES 475.

Approved Majors and Minors for Option C

Comprehensive Majors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement Praxis II or ACTFL Content Test Required
Latin American Studies 340-003 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Music, Instrumental/General 060-057 MUED 211, MUED 300, MUED 310, MUED 318, MUED 411, MUED 421 ETS 5113
Music, Choral/General 060-058 MUED 211, MUED 300, MUED 310, MUED 318, MUED 410, MUED 420 ETS 5113
Kinesiology 991-065 KINS 290 ETS 5091
Majors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement Praxis II ACTFL Content Test Required
French 260-203 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
German 280-204 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Spanish 320-203 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Study abroad in language WPT and OPI or OPIc
Theatre Arts 601-204 ES 361 (F) ETS 5641
Minors Code Prescribed Methods Course Additional Requirement Praxis II ACTFL Content TEst Required
Adaptive Physical Education 991-459 Only with KINS major No addt'l exam
French 260-406 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Only with F Lg major WPT and OPI or OPIc
German 280-406 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Only with F Lg major WPT and OPI or OPIc
Spanish 320-407 ES 366 (F) and ES 437 (Sp) Only with F Lg major WPT and OPI or OPIc
TESOL 550-410 ES 405 (F) Only with F Lg major ETS 5362

NOTE: Students completing an EC-A comprehensive major or standard major may complete an additional major or minor with licensure at the EA-A level from the list under Option B above.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Professional Education Programs

Major Requirements

Thirty-six semester credits:
THEA/ES 361Teaching Theatre Arts2
THEA 121Introduction to Technical Theatre3
THEA 125Introduction to Theatre History3
THEA 130Beginning Acting3
THEA 151Costume Shop Practicum1
THEA 152Scenic Shop Practicum1
THEA 153Light/Sound Shop Practicum1
THEA 221Introduction to Design3
THEA 271Stage Management3
THEA 332Directing3
THEA 335Drama in Education3
THEA 425Modern Drama and Theatre3
THEA 123Voice and Diction3
or THEA 239 Stage Movement
One credit from:1
Acting-Minor Roles/Chorus
Assistant Stage Manager
Scenic Construction Crew
Light/Sound Board Operator
Costume Crew
Stage/Properties Crew
Makeup Crew
Publicity Crew
Electrics Crew
Special Effects/Sound Facilitator
Acting-Major Roles
Stage Manager/Assistant Director/Assistant Choreographer
Assistant Scenic Design/Assistant Technical Direction
Assistant Lighting Design
Assistant Costume Design/Shop Supervisor
Properties Design
Makeup Design
Publicity/Program Design
Master Electrician
House Manager
THEA 336Theatre for Youth3
or THEA 421 Touring Theatre
Required courses, not counted toward credits in major:
One music course from:
Performing Arts On Stage
Fundamentals of Music
Music Appreciation
Music and Related Arts in PK-8 Education
ENGL 181Making Sense of the Movies
ART 105Introduction to the Visual Arts
or ART 106 Introduction to the Visual Arts (Studio)
One dance course from:
Dance Appreciation
Modern Dance I
Jazz Dance I

This major is restricted to students in the College of Education and Human Sciences: Education Studies: Option C and leads to licensure to teach Theatre in Early Childhood through Adolescence classrooms.