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Course Descriptions

EDCE 7700A Drama in Education

This course explores how drama and theatre facilitate learning in educational, cultural and community settings. Includes an examination of key aspects of the field’s historical development through the work of prominent leaders, the relationships between theories of dramatic art and general education principles and the main concepts, pedagogies and conventions of the field of Educational Theatre.

 

EDCE 3600C Theatre/Performance For Young Audiences K – 12

This course aims to develop insight into artistic and practical decisions in producing work for young people. Through an exploration of techniques of acting, devising, directing, and production repertoire students will achieve an understanding of the practices of Theatre in Education (TIE) and Youth Theatre. Contemporary plays which have been produced for theatre for young audiences will also be studied. Additionally, learning how to use the city as a cultural resource will be discussed, in order to make a connection between theatre making and theatre performance. 15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 7800A Exploring the History of Theatre

This course explores dramatic texts from the historical and dramaturgical perspective. Different genres, styles and movements will be investigated, offering different perspectives and a comprehensive view of the role of theatre history in educational theatre. Beginning with the origins of theatre in ritual and play in ancient cultures, Roman and Byzantine theatre, western theatre from the Middle Ages to modernity, theatre of Asia, Africa, and Latin America, as well as dramatic theory and criticism. Contemporary plays will also be studied. This course offers students the tools to analyze text, theatrical periods, and geographic and cultural areas. Dramaturgical studies will be investigated, as well as practical implementation of how to teach theatre history in the classroom.

 

EDCE 3700C Fundamentals of Teaching Theatre

This course investigates methods and materials for exploring the process of teaching students about the elements of theatre i.e. acting, directing, improvisation, and technical theatre, as well as how to guide students through the production process. There will be exploration of the application of drama structures and activities as tools for enlivening any curriculum, by building motivation, classroom community and collaborative exchange. Participants will learn how to integrate and adapt strategies and activities for different age ranges, and investigate how drama can be scaffolded effectively in lesson planning, thus aiding in classroom management. 15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 4500C Fundamentals of Teaching Technical Theatre

This class aims to develop basic understandings of resources, techniques and elements of a theatre production including: scenic work, costumes, props, lighting, sound, and stage and production management. Candidates will explore the teaching of each of these aspects of technical theatre for classes Pre K-­‐12 with particular focus on urban schools, and will have hands-­‐on experiences in these areas. 15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 4400C Arts Integration: Theatre and Related Arts in the Curriculum  (Grades PK-12)

This course explores how teachers can use dramatic activities and dramatic play to help students engage in the learning process and develop their cognitive and social skills and covers theories and practices of educational drama and theatre. Candidates will explore both the curriculum (including but not limited to social studies, literacy, English as a second language, math, and science) as well as opportunities to build group dynamics and positive social skills. The relationship of classroom drama to curricular subject matter (including but not limited to Social Studies; Literacy, English Language Learners, Math/Science) will also be examined. They will build knowledge of various dramatic activities, techniques and strategies including teacher---in---role, process or role drama and the use of still images/tableaux. The main concepts, structures and conventions of the field of dramatic activities and related arts will be investigated. In addition, practical work in design, implementation, and evaluation of dramatic experiences for students of different age ranges will be examined. 15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 4500K INCLUSIVE PRACTICES FOR THE ARTS

The potential of theatre arts as a powerful vehicle for positive disability representation is explored. Topics of study include special education law, disability categories, differentiation, collaborative teaching, and classroom management. Candidates draw upon the narrative work of disabled artists to [re]conceptualize disability as natural human variation and an essential feature of diversity in a multicultural society. 15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 3100F Curriculum Development in Educational Theatre

This course will help students develop a framework for analyzing and assessing learners, curriculum design, and teaching strategies based on readings and observation of children in a classroom setting. Open only to matriculated students. 15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 4100F Developing Arts Curriculum in Nontraditional Settings

This course is designed for the candidates interested in working with youth in capacities other than the traditional classroom teacher. The course investigates the complex role of being both a teacher and an artist in nontraditional classroom settings (including but not limited to: residency work, camp settings, afterschool programming, cultural arts programming or applied theatre settings). Candidates will learn how to integrate and adapt strategies and activities for different age ranges, and investigate how drama can be scaffolded effectively in lesson planning, thus aiding in classroom management.

 

EDCE 7600F Conflict Resolution Through Theatre

This course explores how drama can provide a format for young people to discuss conflict resolution, peer pressure, bullying and other issues that affect them. The course will enable candidates to discover how to create a safe environment and empower children to develop problem-solving skills and assume personal responsibility as well as understand perspective on a situation. This course includes creating lesson plans (learning experiences) and generating strategies to use in the classroom to navigate through these topics.

 

EDCE 7900A Devising Theatre K – 12

This course explores how the creation of original material fosters empowerment through participation and discovery. Inherent in the aesthetic approach to devising theatre is the development of personal understanding, decision-­‐making, and collaborative tools, thus fostering communication skills and social exchange. The main concepts, structures and conventions of devising theatre will be investigated. Guidelines for devising and structuring drama/theatre programs and curricula will be explored.

 

EDCE 7600A Artistic Lab I

This course is an opportunity for new candidates in the program to collaborate artistically with veteran candidates. All candidates will facilitate their peers in an artistic experience as they reconnect to their artistry. This course runs in conjunction with EDCE 3600C Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences

 

EDCE 7601A Artistic Lab II

This course is an opportunity for seasoned candidates in the program to collaborate artistically with new candidates. All candidates will facilitate their peers in an artistic experience as they reconnect to their artistry. This course runs in conjunction with the second half of the research course.

 

EDCE 2206I: Content Research Seminar in Educational Theatre

Culminating experience of the graduate education program. Students identify a problem or issue about which to inquire, review the research literature related to that problem (including on-­‐line sources), and design a study to carry out in the following semester. Required of all graduate students in Educational Theatre. By permission only. 2 CR.

 

EDCE 2900I: Content Research Seminar (in Educational Theatre II )

Culminating experience in the graduate program in childhood education. Students identify a problem or issue about which to inquire, review the research literature related to that problem, and design a study to carry out the following semester. By permission only. Pre-­‐req.: EDCE 2206I. 2 CR.

 

EDCE 7201G Student /Supervised Teaching in Educational Theatre (PK-6)

Students will complete their student teaching -­‐full time for seven weeks in grades K-­‐5 and attend a weekly seminar. Permission of Program Head required. Co-Requisite EDCE 7204G

 

EDCE 7202G Student/Supervised Teaching in Educational Theatre (7-12)

Students will complete their student teaching full time for seven weeks in grades 6-12 and attend a weekly seminar. Permission of Program Head required.

Co-Requisite EDCE 7205G

 

EDCE 7203G Capstone Experience in Educational Theatre

Students will work closely to create a final teaching experience that coincides with their professional goals. Permission of the Program Head is required. Students must attend seminar.

 

EDCE 7204G Seminar in Educational Theatre P-6

Seminar includes special workshops on assessment, classroom management strategies, lesson plan design, and integrated arts learning. This course is only for students completing their Student Supervised Teaching in Educational Theatre or the Capstone Experience in Educational Theatre. Permission of Program Head required.

 

EDCE 7205G Seminar in Educational Theatre 7-12

Seminar includes special workshops on assessment, classroom management strategies, lesson plan design, and integrated arts learning. This course is only for students completing their Student Supervised Teaching in Educational Theatre or the Capstone Experience in Educational Theatre. Permission of Program Head required.

 

EDCE 7400C Teaching Literacy through Drama

This course explores how teachers can help students develop literacy skills in order to better articulate ideas and create a base for further learning in a broad range of subjects. The course will also discuss strategies to support English Language Learners (ELL). The main concepts, structures and conventions of the field of literacy and language acquisition through drama will also be investigated. 15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 3203N Teaching English Language Learners Through Drama

This course aims to explore how theatre based lessons can enrich the study of literature while promoting student’s English language skills. Classroom sessions will be used to demonstrate student learning and assessment practices.

15 HOURS OF FIELD WORK REQUIRED

 

EDCE 4600C Applied Theatre

This course explores how Theatre can be used and applied to various areas of interest. The course will offer techniques on applying theatre to the student’s particular area of interest or population (i.e: health care; childcare; prisons, museums, professional development). The main concepts, structures and conventions of applied theatre will be investigated. Guidelines for devising and structuring applied drama/theatre programs and curricula will be explored.

 

EDCE 7500F Special Topics in Educational Theatre

This course will offer students an opportunity to explore a current topic in Educational Theatre in depth over a weekend of intensive study. The topic will vary each semester. The course can be taken up to 3 times under advising. 1 cr.

 

Some topics offered previously included (but are not limited to):

Physical Theatre

In this course you will explore the world of Physical Theater where movement and theater intersect. In this intense but fun hands-­‐on workshop, students will play, improvise, write and choreograph as a group. This kinesthetic approach allows students to access different modes of learning by seeing and feeling in their bodies what it means to concentrate, cooperate and commit to a task with 100% effort. Communication is explored through a cooperative interweaving of vocalizations, facial expressions, differing movement textures and physical gestures. Throughout the weekend there will be an ongoing discussion of how the course material can be used in elementary and secondary school classrooms.

Teaching Shakespeare through Drama

This course explores performance-­‐based techniques and drama strategies to engage students of all ages and backgrounds in understanding and enjoying Shakespeare’s plays. Candidates will learn approaches that are applicable to a variety of educational settings including classrooms and after-­‐school programs.

Puppetry and Masks for the Classroom

This course offers a survey of professional mask and puppetry performance techniques with a practical application for the P-­‐12 classroom. This course will explore mask performance, shadow puppetry, American bunraku, Mouth/rod puppetry, and an introduction to marionette technique.