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What You Learn

You can immerse yourself in the theory and practice of education and theatre arts.

  • Benefit from individualized advisement and mentorship from educators and seasoned actors, playwrights, designers and directors
  • Engage in student teaching with a local theatre educator
  • Gain practical experience through backstage and on-stage participation in main-stage and student-led productions
  • Strengthen your knowledge and proficiency in performing, script writing, directing, design, research and teaching
  • Participate in touring children’s theatre experiences and coursework in theatre for young audiences

Kean offers the only undergraduate degree-granting program for P-12 theatre teacher certification in New Jersey, blending the best of what the College of Education has to offer with the opportunities of Kean's Theatre Conservatory.

Program Options:

B.A. in Theatre | Theatre Certification P-12

This program provides practical and theoretical theatre studies as well as professional experiences that prepare graduates for a career in teaching.

B.A. in Early Childhood Education | Theatre

The theatre option within the early childhood education program prepares students to earn teacher certification with an emphasis on theatre arts.

B.A. in Elementary Education | Theatre

This program provides students with the practice and theory necessary to earn teacher certification in elementary education with an emphasis on theatre arts.

Curriculum Sheets and 4-Year Plans

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If teaching and acting are your passions and you want to light that same fire in other people, Kean will give you the skills to inspire someone like you were inspired, or to be the first spark for someone new to the acting field."

James Fogerty ‘20
Theatre Education Major
Theatre Education Major James Fogerty ‘20 in front of a backdrop of colorful umbrellas

The Classroom and Beyond

At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, study abroad at our campus in China or elsewhere, and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

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Kean's reputation for producing teachers speaks for itself. The opportunities I was given and the connections I made through the Theatre Conservatory and the education department opened a lot of doors that helped launch my career."

Steven Collins '17
Theatre Arts Teacher
Theatre Education - Steven Collins '17 - Alumni
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Since 1955, Kean’s College of Education has earned accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Notably, only one-third of the schools that produce teachers in the United States and New Jersey earn this accreditation.

CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

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