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Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

Theatre, Theatre Education (K-12) Concentration, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatre Education prepares students for K-12 Theatre Education licensure in North Carolina.  It is designed for students who wish to become theatre teachers in public schools. 

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

  • Students who meet the University’s admissions requirements are admissible to the major.
  • See University Admission Requirements  
  • Transferable Credit Hours: Determined by UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Admissions

Currently Enrolled Students

  • Pre-Major: Students seeking K-12 Theatre Education licensure should contact the Arts Education Specialist within their first year.  A later semester may result in a delayed graduation date.
  • Declaration of Major:  Currently enrolled UNC Charlotte students may declare the Theatre major at any time by meeting with the Arts Education Specialist. Students begin by declaring a Major in Theatre and completing recommended coursework for the Theatre Education concentration in the first three semesters. Approximately third semester, students apply to Teacher Education. See Progression Requirements. 
  • Following completion of recommended coursework for the Theatre Education concentration in the first three semesters, students may apply to the Teacher Education Concentration.

Degree Requirements

The Theatre major with a Concentration in Theatre Education to the B.A. degree requires a total of 120 credit hours, including 71 credit hours of theatre and education courses.  This is a structured curriculum.  Students must take 26 credit hours of Core Courses before advancing to the prescribed 45 credit hours of the Concentration in Performance.

College Prospect for Success Course (2 credit hours)

All new freshmen in the College of Arts + Architecture must take the following:

General Education Courses (31-35 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

Students in this major are required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
  • Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
  • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign language placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
  • Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  • A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)

Click here for a list of courses that meet the College of Arts + Architecture’s foreign language requirement.


Major Courses (26 credit hours)

Concentration Courses (45 credit hours)

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Progression Requirements

To be formally admitted to the Theatre Education concentration, students must achieve the following:

  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.7
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:   
  • MDSK 2100  with grade of C or above
  • THEA 1360  with grade of C or above
  • Passing scores on Praxis Core (or prove exemption via test scores)
  • Application to Teacher Education (includes a clear background check and signed professional dispositions statement)

Admission to Upper Division

After being accepted to Teacher Education, students may progress to upper level Theatre Education coursework.

Honors Program

For details about the Arts + Architecture Honors Program, visit the AAHP program page .

Special Policies or Requirements

To progress to student teaching, students must earn a minimum 2.75 GPA in all Theatre and Education courses and a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. A minimum grade of C is required for all major courses, with no more than one grade of D allowed in a Theatre course. Additionally, students must earn a grade of P in Student Teaching and a minimum edTPA score of 38 to be recommended for licensure.