The Teaching Theater PK–12 Graduate Certificate is a pre-service program that prepares students for Theatre Arts licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Development, the Certificate curriculum consists of graduate-level Theater and Education courses, field experience observation and pre-service teaching internship.

This certificate can be earned on a full-time or part-time basis.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

For more information about this program please visit Graduate Admissions FAQ or the School of Theater website 


To apply to the program, candidates must have first completed a major in theater or 33 semester hours distributed among the following areas:

Technical theater9
Cultural context and theater history3
Dramatic literature9
Total Credits33

Students who have completed ALL endorsements and submitted a Praxis Core Math, SAT or ACT score are eligible for enrollment into the Graduate Certificate Program for Teaching Theatre PK-12. All Virginia requirements must be met to apply for state licensure.


Students must earn a B- or higher in all coursework.

Banner Code: AR-CERG-THRP

Certificate Requirements (Licensure)

Total credits: 21

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.


THR 548Advanced Foundations of Theater Education3
EDRD 501Literacy and Curriculum Integration, PK-123
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
THR 549Advanced Elementary Theater Ed3
THR 550Advanced Secondary Education3
Six credits of6
Theater Education Internship 1
CVPA 600CVPA Graduate ProSeminar 20
Total Credits21