At the core of Ball State's bachelor of arts/bachelor of science (BA/BS) degree in theatre education is the belief that theatre has the power to change lives. We will challenge you to continually develop your own artistic voice while gaining the knowledge and skill set to teach, inspire, and foster the growth of the next generation of young theatre artists. 


Ball State’s theatre education option course work will prepare you to successfully run your own theatre program and be an effective classroom teacher from day one. You will be provided with a broad foundation in performance, theatre design and technology, dramatic literature, and theatre history to prepare you for all areas of a high school drama curriculum and production program. You will also complete a strong core of liberal arts courses.

  • An all-undergraduate curriculum ensures you will get teaching and directing opportunities early and often.
  • Learning to effectively communicate, collaborate, and problem solve in the classroom is a major focus of the program.
  • You will take a variety of education courses from Ball State University’s nationally acclaimed Teachers College.
  • The curriculum allows for exciting immersive learning opportunities to collaborate with other disciplines and get involved in projects with real-world impact.
  • We are an active award-winning participant in the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).
  • The teaching major in theatre requires 86 credits, along with the additional 33 credits of core courses and two general electives that are part of the University Core Curriculum.

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Our theatre education faculty will take a personal interest in your ongoing development as you grow into a teaching professional.

  • Faculty members have outstanding credentials in the professional world—as artists, theatre educators, and administrators. This professional connectedness means that you have unique access to intensive learning opportunities in and out of the classroom.
  • Our low student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes ensure that faculty members know you as an individual and can provide hands-on advising and mentoring based on your unique talents and academic needs.
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Get to Know Our Faculty

Our dedicated, caring faculty will immediately welcome you into our community and guide you throughout your entire experience at Ball State. Our theatre education professors are impassioned artists and educators with a wide breadth of professional experience.


Work Opportunities

  • You will have access to numerous opportunities in and outside the classroom to put your skills into practice. Theatre education students produce, direct and design shows with local community partners including Burris Laboratory/ Indiana Academy, Muncie Civic Theatre, and Northside Middle School (Muncie Community Schools).
  • You can be actively involved in the state thespian festival, judging and coaching events, working with the All-State show, and teaching workshops.
  • You will have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with music education peers on the nationally recognized PRISM Project.

Alumni Achievements

Recent teaching alumni job placements include Summit View Elementary Magnet School in Milwaukee (integrated arts specialist); Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis (choir and theatre director); Baker Elementary School in Acworth, Georgia (program director, Reach for the Stars); Jasper (Texas) High School (drama director); Palm Beach (Florida) High School (drama director); Turpin High School in Cincinnati (English and theatre teacher), among many others.


Guest Artists

In addition to faculty who are professional educators, we bring in distinguished guest artists on a regular basis to work with you—in classes and workshops. These seasoned practitioners will enrich your educational experience immeasurably, while also allowing for professional networking opportunities.


Paying for Your Education

Departmental Scholarships

On top of the many forms of financial aid Ball State offers, the Department of Theatre and Dance offers a wide variety of merit and need-based scholarships to our own students at all levels and in all areas. We provide tens of thousands of dollars in support to make the college experience more affordable.


Apply to the Program

Are you interested in the theatre education option? An interview is not required for admittance but is strongly recommended for scholarship consideration. You must apply for admission to the university prior to scheduling your interview.

Interview requests are made by filling out the supplemental theatre application that is part of the online application to the university.

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