Theatre Teacher Education
The Theatre Teacher Education sequence at Illinois State University is dedicated to preparing highly qualified teachers/artists to meet the challenges of education in the secondary school system.
Illinois State University is recognized nationally as the second largest producer of teachers among institutions certified by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Nearly one of every seven teachers in Illinois public school classrooms holds a degree from Illinois State.
Point of Pride
Theatre Teacher Education students play an important role in planning and running the Illinois High School Theatre Festival, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the U.S.
Why study Theatre Teacher Education?
As a Theatre Teacher Education student, you will receive a solid foundation of basic skills in traditional theatre courses, such as acting, directing, design, theatre history, and dramatic literature. At the same time, you will follow a course of instruction specifically focused on teaching theatre at the secondary level. Your teaching skills will be enhanced by professional studies classes taught through the College of Education.
The strength of our Theatre Teacher Education sequence lies partly in the variety of clinical experiences you will experience while working in a high school setting. These include the opportunity to assist master teachers in extracurricular speech and theatre activities; presenting workshops; and demonstrating teaching lessons in the classroom. The culminating experience for Theatre Teacher Education students comes when you take complete responsibility for a fully mounted theatrical production at a local high school.
During your last year at Illinois State University, you will student teach in a high school classroom under the supervision of a master teacher.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!
Applying to the Program
The School of Theatre and Dance applies the same academic standards as those required for admission to Illinois State University. There is no separate ACT or Grade Point Average requirement for admission to the School of Theatre and Dance.
Any student accepted by Illinois State University may declare a major in Theatre Teacher Education. No audition or interview is required, although Theatre Teacher Education majors may arrange an interview for departmental scholarship consideration.
Students must apply to Illinois State University prior to interviewing for a Theatre Education scholarship within the School of Theatre and Dance.
2018-2019 Interview Dates
- November 3, 2018: Illinois State University Campus
- November 16-17, 2018: Dallas, TX (Collin College)
- January 11, 2019: Illinois High School Theatre Festival (Champaign-Urbana, IL)
- January 19, 2019: Chicago, IL
- February 16, 2019: Illinois State University Campus
- March 1-3, 2019: South Eastern Theatre Conference (Knoxville, TN)
- March 2, 2019: Illinois State University Campus
Applying for a Scholarship
If you wish to interview for a School of Theatre and Dance scholarship in Theatre Teacher Education, please select an interview date after completing your application for admission. Prior to your interview date, please submit:
- A resume detailing your theatre production experiences.
- A recent photo.
- Two letters of recommendation.
- A one-page typed essay describing your reasons for wanting to be a teacher.
Please come to the interview prepared to discuss your essay, your experiences in theatre and any additional experiences you may have had working with young people. (Note that your essay for the School of Theatre and Dance is separate from the personal statement required by the Office of Admissions.)
Your materials should be mailed to:
School of Theatre and Dance
Campus Box 5700
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-5700
Attention: Theatre Education
Deadlines and Review Dates
Students are accepted into the Theatre Teacher Education major contingent on admission by Illinois State University.
School of Theatre and Dance scholarship awards are announced after March 1.