Theatre Arts Education
The Teacher Education program at Lees-McRae has achieved the high standards required to maintain accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Building on a liberal arts core curriculum, the program curriculum has a balance of philosophy, theory and practice for effective teacher preparation.
SAT scores for students who participated in drama or studied drama in school were 65 points higher in verbal and 34 points higher in math.
Students who do drama are three times more likely to win an attendance award at school than their non-drama peers.
What You'll Study
You will work your way from the front of the stage, to the back of the stage and into the classroom with dance, movement, lighting, production, directing, costuming and student teaching.
Courses will focus on your dual interests of theatre and education, allowing you to develop your skills as a performer or technician while learning how to convey those skills as a teacher yourself. Your classroom experiences will be enhanced with regular experiential learning, preparing you to be the most effect you can be in your career as an educator.
Beyond the Classroom
You are provided the opportunity of early experience in the program to collaborate with Exceptional Children Professionals. Your experience in the K-12 classroom begins in your first semester and continues into your second semester of our program with observations hours, followed by an internship in your third semester and your student teaching in your fourth and final semester. In addition, class trips, student research and other experiential learning opportunities will also be offered.
Common Career Areas
Meet the Faculty
Dr. Pamela Vesely
Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Education
Dr. Lynn Swann
Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Dr. Susan Gilbert
Professor of Teacher Education
Administrative Assistant to the Department of Teacher Education
Instructor of Music/Accompanist
Professor of Performing Arts; Assistant Dean of Arts, Humanities and Education; Director of Theatre Arts
Dr. Michael Hannah
Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Performing Arts
Co-Technical Director in Performing Arts
Adjunct Dance Faculty
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts
Operations Manager, Performing Arts Administrative Assistant