Prepare To Teach Theatre In PK-12 Schools

Always wanted to teach theatre? What about direct a school musical? The newly-added Theatre Endorsement program at Elizabethtown College allows you to do just that! We are proud to be the only college in Pennsylvania, and one of only five in the country, to offer this opportunity to students.

The Theatre Endorsement Program is open to currently enrolled degree-seeking education majors. Education majors at E-town, regardless of degree type, are eligible to add the Theatre Endorsement to their education degree provided that you meet the program certification requirements. By participating in this program, you will have the opportunity to assist in the production, direction, and administrative tasks associated with theatre. Through instruction and application, you’ll learn how to analyze theatrical works for use on stage, critique stage productions, build sets, and learn to block and use materials safely.

Benefits of the Theatre Endorsement

Testimonials about how the Theatre Endorsement will make you more marketable and more effective in the classroom.

Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman,
Associate Prof. & Chair of the E-town Education Dept.

Dr. Finley-Bowman talks about how the Theatre Endorsement helps E-town grads stand out with skills and experience not presently available to most school districts.

Brian Booker '13, 
Teacher & Dept. Chair at Manheim Township School District

Brian discusses how the Theatre Endorsement classes can help teachers improve their classroom instruction and develop creative ways to engage their students with the material.

Theatre Endorsement Curriculum

A Theatre Endorsement prepares you to teach theatre to students of all school ages and will give you greater appreciation for the performing arts. You’ll hone your skills in directing, casting, acting and producing as you work towards the completion of this endorsement. You’ll also be encouraged to participate in theatre productions on campus to gain practical experience in acting and theatre production.

With the addition of the Endorsement, you’ll take the following required courses in addition to your education degree courses:

We are advocates of the arts. The Education and Theatre department envision the addition of this 12-credit endorsement as an excellent means to enhance the quality of theatre instruction in PK-12 schools. We encourage all students seeking a degree in education with an interest in theatre or the performing arts to consider adding the Endorsement program.

Please note: Only students majoring in education are eligible to participate in the theatre endorsement program.

Learn More About the Theatre Endorsement Program

Interested in exploring all that our education and Endorsement program has to offer? Come for a visit on campus and meet our faculty, view a production and take a tour of campus!