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Educational Theatre

Join a community of passionate, supportive, and c ommitted scholars from diverse backgrounds and professional experiences, studying to become a theater educator on the international stage. You’ll work closely with faculty to create individually tailored programs of study focused on personal interests, theatrical disciplines, pedagogy, community-engaged approaches, and advances in field-specific research.

Bachelor of Science Educational Theatre

Train for a career in cultural institutions, community organizations, schools, or prestigious professional theatre companies.

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Master of Arts Educational Theatre Grades K–12, Initial Certification

Become eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of theatre, all grades (K–12), and teach in schools, cultural institutions, and more.

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Master of Arts Educational Theatre / English Education Grades K–12 / Grades 7–12

Gain initial teaching certification eligibility and learn pedagogical methods and drama strategies for the teaching of theatre, reading, writing, and language arts.

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Master of Arts Educational Theatre / Social Studies Education Grades K–12 / Grades 7–12

Acquire hands-on experience in New York schools, learn pedagogical methods, develop your foundation in social studies and drama, and prepare for teaching certification.

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Master of Arts Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

Prepare to work as a theatre artist and educator in arts organizations, private and community colleges, galleries, museums, and a range of cultural settings.

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Doctor of Education Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

Prepare for roles such as principal, curriculum developer, and policy analyst in this practice-based doctorate with an emphasis on arts-based research methods.

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Doctor of Philosophy Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

Conduct cutting-edge and innovative research that addresses the most pressing questions in the cultural and educational arenas of theatre.

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Minor Educational Theatre

Explore the transformative power of the theatre arts and learn more about a career as a theatre artist or educator in schools, cultural institutions, and more in this undergraduate minor.

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David Montgomery

Director, the program in educational theatre; clinical associate professor.

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Amy Cordileone

Clinical assistant professor in educational theatre.

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Joe Salvatore

Clinical professor of educational theatre; vice chair for academic affairs.

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Nancy Smithner

Clinical professor of educational theatre, news and events.

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NY Times Features Doctoral Student Nicole Johnson’s Goal for DEI

As a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director on Broadway, Nicole Johnson seeks to strengthen a company's capacity to maintain systems and initiatives that will further inclusion and equity on and off stage.

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Challenging Biases Takes Center Stage: Steinhardt’s Verbatim Performance Lab Confronts Social Perceptions through Theatre

NYU Steinhardt and Clinical Professor Joe Salvatore are pioneering a distinctive approach to educational theatre with the Verbatim Performance Lab.

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2024 Best Drama & Theater Arts Master's Degree Schools

College Factual reviewed 123 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for master's degree seekers in the field of drama & theater arts. Combined, these schools handed out 1,611 master's degrees in drama & theater arts to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Drama & Theater Arts School for Your Master's Degree

Best Drama & Theater Arts Master's Degree Schools

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a master's degree school is important to ensure a quality education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To take this into account we include a college's overall Best Colleges for a Master's Degree ranking which itself looks at a collection of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their master's degree from the school. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their master's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to drama & theater arts students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other drama & theater arts students want to attend this school to pursue a master's degree.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for drama & theater arts to pay back their student loans after receiving their master's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized drama & theater arts related body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for drama & theater arts students working on their master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Drama & Theater Arts Schools

The theater school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings , including this list of the Best Drama & Theater Arts Master's Degree Schools.

Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Drama & Theater Arts in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in drama & theater arts. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

18 Top Schools for a Master's in Theater

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It is hard to beat Yale University if you wish to pursue a master's degree in drama & theater arts. Yale is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New Haven.

Master's students who receive their degree from the theater program earn an average of $33,280 in the first couple years of working.

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University of Southern California is one of the best schools in the country for getting a master's degree in drama & theater arts. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

Drama & Theater Arts master's degree recipients from University of Southern California get an earnings boost of about $2,131 over the average income of drama & theater arts graduates.

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New York University is a good choice for students pursuing a master's degree in drama & theater arts. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.

Master's recipients from the drama & theater arts major at New York University earn $13,699 above the typical college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Northwestern University is a wonderful choice for students pursuing a master's degree in drama & theater arts. Located in the small city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from Northwestern University

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Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York.

Students who graduate with their master's from the theater program state that they receive average early career income of $31,068.

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Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Pittsburgh. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from Carnegie Mellon University

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UCONN is a very large public university located in the large suburb of Storrs. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from University of Connecticut

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Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public university with a very large student population.

Drama & Theater Arts master's degree recipients from University of California - San Diego receive an earnings boost of about $6,377 over the typical income of drama & theater arts graduates.

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Juilliard is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

Master's recipients from the drama & theater arts program at The Juilliard School make $16,693 more than the average college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the large city of Boston, Boston U is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from Boston University

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Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Providence.

Students who graduate with their master's from the theater program state that they receive average early career earnings of $22,550.

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UCLA is a very large public university located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Students who graduate with their master's from the theater program state that they receive average early career income of $25,255.

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UT Austin is a very large public university located in the large city of Austin.

Master's recipients from the drama & theater arts major at The University of Texas at Austin earn $2,065 more than the standard graduate with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Located in the city of Irvine, UC Irvine is a public university with a very large student population. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from University of California - Irvine

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Located in the city of West Lafayette, Purdue is a public university with a very large student population. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from Purdue University - Main Campus

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Located in the large city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from Loyola Marymount University

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UIUC is a very large public university located in the city of Champaign.

After graduating, theater master's recipients typically earn about $32,304 in their early careers.

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Located in the city of Iowa City, Iowa is a public university with a fairly large student population. More information about a master’s in drama & theater arts from University of Iowa

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Honorable mentions.

Here are some additional great schools for Drama & Theater Arts students that almost earned our Best Drama & Theater Arts Master's Degree Schools award.

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Rankings in Majors Related to Theater

One of 10 majors within the Visual & Performing Arts area of study, Drama & Theater Arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

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Educational Theatre

Prepare for a rewarding career in theatre arts education by choosing one of these highly-ranked performing arts programs.

Why Choose a Career in Educational Theatre?

A degree in educational theatre will enable you to introduce and enhance the use of theatre in schools, cultural institutions, theatre companies and nonprofit organizations. For students with a background in the performing arts, the world of theatre education will open opportunities to become a teaching artist, theatre educator, artistic director or arts education coordinator.

As part of Adelphi’s Distance Graduate Programs in Education Group, the educational theatre program has partnered with graduate art education, educational technology, English education, and social studies education to provide accessible and meaningful online and blended learning.

Why Earn Your MA in Educational Theatre at Adelphi?

  • Explore your creativity in our lively, meaningful and deeply personal online learning communities, freed from the constraints of traditional settings and supported by a university that has a long history of championing the arts as part of a rich and deeply human education.
  • Benefit from our multi-arts approach that integrates creative writing, storytelling, movement, performance and visual arts and views traditional educational subjects such as literacy, special education, foundations, and psychology through an arts-based lens.
  • Deepen your artistic work in our core course informed by the Michael Chekhov system of mind-body awareness.
  • Join a program ranked among the Best Colleges in Education by the Colleges of Distinction.

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I absolutely loved my time in the Educational Theatre program at Adelphi! There was such a beautiful focus on the importance of arts in schools that empowered me even more as an educator. The professors are incredible and so helpful and supportive. I feel that this program and the professors really set me up for success and I would do it all over again!

Degree & Certification Options

We offer three MA programs and one advanced certificate program:

This 33-credit program is designed for performers interested in earning theatre teaching certification online. There is also a program option to add English 7-12 or Social Studies 7-12 certification for six additional credits for qualified applicants.

Designed for educators without a theatre major interested in integrating dramatic play into their coursework; online. This 33 credit program offers a rich array of multi-disciplinary courses in arts education, with a focus on creative dramatics and storytelling. The non-certification program is open to all interested graduate candidates, regardless of prior study, and can meet the needs of already-certified English teachers seeking a master’s degree in a related area.

This fully online program is designed for individuals who already have a master’s degree and wish to attain a New York State teaching certification in theatre P-12. The program of study requires 12 credits (four courses). If the applicant has no prior NYS teaching certification, there is an additional 6-credit student teaching course required. All applicants must have the prerequisite 30 credits in theatre (undergraduate and/or graduate) to earn NYS certification in theatre.

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Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe in the power of hands-on experience to prepare graduates for careers in the classroom. The MA in Educational Theatre program culminates with a semester of student-teaching experience. Our students have also gained valuable experience in internships at many schools and organizations, including:

  • Take A Bow Playhouse
  • Long Beach High School
  • Fordham High School for the Arts
  • The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
  • Philippa Schuyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented
  • The Chapin School
  • Mineola High School
  • Calhoun High School
  • Long Island High School for the Arts

Program Info

Application requirements.

Applicants for the online programs must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and should submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $60 fee
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions and proof of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution

Additional Requirements

Applicants for the MA in Educational Theatre, P-12 leading to certification must have an undergraduate degree in theatre or the equivalent 30 credits.

Applicants for the Advanced Certificate in Educational Theatre must already hold a master’s degree (in any subject area as long as they have at least 30 credits in theatre).

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Master of Arts in Applied Theatre

The MA in Applied Theatre degree program, the first program of its kind in the United States, uses theatre as a medium for education, community development, and the pursuit of social justice. The goal of the program is to educate scholar practitioners to become future leaders in the field of applied theatre. Applied Theatre involves the use of theatre and drama in a wide variety of nontraditional contexts and venues, such as in teaching, the justice system, health care, the political arena, community development, museums, and social service agencies.

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Career Prospects

Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as teaching artists with theatres, museums, hospitals, and other community-based organizations; education directors for cultural organizations; facilitators of youth programs; creative aging artists; health and wellness theatre program specialists; conflict resolution; and activities specialists with development programs, aid agencies, and refugee support programs.

Students in the Program:

  • Practice actor-centered, collaborative approaches to leading creative teams and playbuilding original theatre
  • Study a range of artistic, educational, and social theories that inform progressive practice
  • Collaborate as a member of a student ensemble to support creative risk-taking
  • Progress through carefully sequenced courses with an emphasis on the unity of theory and practice
  • Devise and perform theatre-in-education interventions in New York City schools and community settings 
  • Develop work alongside the renowned CUNY Creative Arts Team
  • Research, implement, document, and evaluate an original applied theatre thesis project.
  • 10 Core Courses (30 Credits)
  • 2 Elective Courses (6 Credits)

Sample Courses

  • Community, Culture, and Diversity
  • Playbuilding
  • Teaching through Theatre
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • The Co-intentional Director
  • Creating Meaning Through Community Drama
  • Study abroad: Project Rwanda

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Keline Adams

Elective Course Instructor, Thesis Advisor, and Independent Study Advisor

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Daniel Banks

Elective Course Instructor and Thesis Advisor, MA in Applied Theatre

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Kari Berggren Olk

Program Assistant

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Sindy Isabel Castro

Thesis Advisor

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Jessica Cortez

Elective Course Instructor

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Jan Cohen-Cruz

Thesis Advisor and Independent Study Advisor, MA in Applied Theatre

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Thesis Advisor and Former Elective Course Instructor, MA in Applied Theatre

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Amy S. Green

Consortial Faculty Member and Thesis Advisor, MA in Applied Theatre / Chairperson and Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, John Jay College

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Norma Harris

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Toya Lillard

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Lindsey Buller Maliekel

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Ah-Keisha McCans

Course Instructor, Thesis Advisor, and Applied Theatre & Racial Justice Conference Planning Team

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Sarah Meister

Thesis Advisor & Writing Support Coach

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Sara Morgulis

Thesis Advisor and Disability Services and Accessibility Consultant

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Tammie L. Swopes

Course Instructor

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Sherry Teitelbaum

Writing Support Coach and Thesis Advisor

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Diana B. Waters

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Helen White

Course Instructor and Director of the CAT Youth Theatre

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H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Melanie Willingham-Jaggers

Former Course Instructor

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Admissions criteria.

Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are required to write a personal statement, upload a resume, and provide two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted before or after submitting an application. Please note that an individual interview may be necessary.

We encourage applications from people with a variety of undergraduate majors and professional backgrounds. Theatre experience, formal or informal, is expected. Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may be asked to take part in an artistic review.

Students are admitted to the program each fall and can enroll in either a full- or part-time course of study.

Funding Opportunities

In collaboration with the CUNY Creative Arts Team, CUNY SPS and the MA in Applied theatre are proud to offer the Graduate Apprenticeship for Diversity in Applied Theatre . Follow the link for details.

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Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities (M.F.A. in Theatre)

Through drama-based pedagogy, youth-focused artistry and rigorous scholarship, students and faculty in our program demonstrate a strong commitment to leadership, community, innovation, belonging and social justice.

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The program prepares graduates for multiple career paths in education, community and non-profit organizations and professional theatre for young audiences. The three-year M.F.A. degree stresses flexibility and encourages participation in classes throughout the Department of Theatre and Dance and the university at large. The program culminates in a practical thesis project and a written thesis document, which applies theory from a wide range of disciplines to an area of practice in drama and theatre for youth and communities. Thesis projects apply reflective practitioner research to address applied drama/theatre, arts integration, community engagement, drama-in-education, theatre for young audiences, teaching artist praxis, theatre education, theatre-in-education, youth theatre and/or the creation or production of original works for young audiences. Within higher education and the theatre profession, the M.F.A. in Theatre with a specialization in drama and theatre for youth and communities is considered a terminal degree for related fields of study. The degree does not lead to public school teacher certification; however, students interested in teacher certification may take additional classes to achieve this goal.

Four candidates are admitted each year from an intensely competitive group of applicants.

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The university's Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program began in 1945 with a focus on creative drama classes and plays for children. Decades later, the program remains an integral component of the departmental landscape through the production season , as well as innovative school and community programs. Students engage with youth and communities through work in:

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  • Plays for young audiences on campus and in schools
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A Mostly Online Theatre Education Master's Degree

The Theatre Education Master of Arts – Theatre Educator Intensive program is an academically rigorous program examining the philosophical, theoretical and practical implications in the field of theatre education. In this program, students will reflect on the bigger challenges that constantly face theatre educators in the classroom—and more broadly in the country.

This master's program features online delivery in the Fall and Spring academic terms, plus Summer intensive sessions, to fit into the schedules of current and aspiring theatre educators. The Summer intensives will involve viewing and working on theatre productions and attending classes.

Career Options for Graduates

Because of our mostly online delivery model, we have been able to help educators nationwide take their instructional skills to new heights. UNC-trained theatre educators are developing gifted performers, skillful technicians and dazzling productions at universities, colleges and high schools throughout the United States.

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Program Coordinator Mary Schuttler is serving on the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) Board of Directors through June 2024. Schuttler is also a previous EdTA vice president, president, and past president, and has been awarded the EdTA Founders' Award.

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McNally on THED Talks

Professor Gillian McNally appeared on an episode of the THED Talks podcast to discuss theatre for the very young, wellness and burnout, and DEI in theatre education.

Listen to her THED Talks episode

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Credits Required: 36

Time to Completion: 2 1 / 2 years

Tuition: $612/credit hour

Delivery Option & Start Term: Online + Summer Greeley Intensives: starts online each Summer term (late June)

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Course of Study

Eligibility & transfer credit, costs & aid, delivered online + summer greeley intensives.

This focused program can be completed in two and a half years, and consists of...

  • 1st Summer: one online course starting in late June
  • 2nd and 3rd Summers: 3-week in-person Summer intensives
  • Fall and Spring terms: one online course per term

Coursework (36 Credit Hours)

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Students page for this program.

For full program requirement details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog .

Admission Requirements

Possess (or be in the process of finishing) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or a comparable degree from a foreign institution.

Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 point scale) for the most recent degree earned or current degree in progress.

If you are still completing your bachelor's degree at the time you apply, admission will be based on your current cumulative GPA, and you will need to re-submit your official transcript (showing your conferred degree and final GPA) during your first semester. If your final GPA fell below 3.00, you will be given additional requirements as defined by the academic program that must be met within one calendar year to remain enrolled at UNC.

If you have completed a master's degree, or at least 18 credit hours towards a master's degree, the GPA of your master's work will be used.

A strong desire to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education.

A teaching certificate/license is recommended but not required.

Note: the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is NOT required for this program.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC can provide distance education to students from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. UNC cannot provide distance education in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

Certain distance education activities that occur outside of Colorado may have additional state approval processes or requirements. This most commonly occurs for experiential learning placement activities such as practica, internships, student teaching, and healthcare clinicals. Please review the State Authorization (SARA) page for additional information on UNC’s ability to offer distance education across state lines and a list of activities and states where approval may be required. For additional information or questions, please contact [email protected] .

International Student Eligibility

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency, or enroll in the UNC Intensive English Program , in order to be considered.

This program requires occasional visits to the United States. You will need to submit financial documentation before you plan to arrive in the U.S. (and again each time you travel to the U.S.). The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can pay for the cost of tuition and living expenses for the days that you will be in the U.S.

Please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for details about English proficiency requirements, financial documentation and applying as an international student.

Transferring Credit

UNC graduate school accepts applicable graduate credit with a grade of C or higher from accredited institutions. Please note that if your chosen program has a higher grade minimum for any program coursework, that minimum would apply to transfer requests for those courses. Graduate program faculty are responsible for reviewing any proposed transfer credit to ensure that course content and objectives match program content.

  • Students must complete at least 50% of their graduate program credits at UNC, not including research, capstone, seminar, internship/externship/practicum, thesis, dissertation proposal, dissertation and any credits graded with S/U (P/F).
  • Courses requested for transfer must not be more than five years old for master's degree credit, and cannot have been used to fulfill requirements for a previously awarded degree. See the full Graduate Transfer Credit Policy .

This is an Extended Campus program, which means:

  • A flat per-credit tuition rate for all students (in-state or out-of-state)
  • There are no student fees – they are incorporated into our flat tuition rate
  • Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials

Program tuition for the 2023-24 academic year (which runs Fall, Spring, and Summer terms) is $612 per credit hour. Tuition for the 2024-25 academic year will be determined mid-June 2024.

Estimates of additional costs: For the purposes of determining financial aid, UNC follows Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and federal guidelines to develop an estimated, average Cost of Attendance (budget) for different student classifications. For your personal tuition estimates, we recommend using the program-specific tuition information above. But UNC's official Cost of Attendance/ Student Budgets page can help you identify other estimated expenses for which you may be responsible while completing your program.

Financial Aid

Degree-seeking students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNC FAFSA/financial aid page for graduate students has key dates and support, including the release date and deadline for each academic year (a Fall-Spring-Summer cycle which begins each August).

Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted throughout the school year but you may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid. If the priority deadline has passed for the upcoming/current school year, we encourage you to apply for FAFSA consideration as soon as you enroll for your first courses. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to submit an application for the current academic year and an early/priority application for the following academic year.

Master's degree students must be enrolled in  a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits per term.

To apply for federal financial aid assistance

Fill out the FAFSA form at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

Please note: this master's degree is comprised of one 3-credit course in the fall and spring semesters, so you will only be eligible for federal financial aid in the summers. If you will need financial aid for fall and spring, please communicate with UNC Financial Aid for questions about non-federal loans and the UNC BearPay option.

For more specific help, contact the Office of Financial Aid:  [email protected] , 970-351-4862  or via the UNC Financial Aid website .

Students can also find helpful information such as the Guide to Federal Student Aid at https://studentaid.gov/resources . Most of the resources are available in English, Spanish and Braille.

Student Health Insurance

The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Campus Center, or Online.

Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process .

Please visit the UNC Student Health Insurance pages for more information about the insurance plan.

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Master of Education in Theater Education

Earn your master's degree and gain a teaching license in just 1 year.

Interested in exploring a career path in theater education? The Ohio University Patton College of Education and School of Theater have an exciting new one-year degree track in Theater Education for students interested in this career path.

The master's program with Licensure in K-12 Education can be completed in one year (3 academic terms) in-person.

Program Overview

M.Ed Theater Education [ME8185] 

The Theater Education program prepares theater teachers for grades preK-12 with licensure. The Theater Education program offers a research-based dynamic curriculum focusing on the development of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Program faculty members bring expertise in their disciplines as well as experience working in K-12 schools. Faculty members are committed to student success and collaborate with colleagues in the School of Theater and other stakeholders to ensure program rigor and responsiveness to state, local, and national initiatives. Students enjoy the opportunity to become members in student chapters of disciplinary professional organizations.

KEY FEATURE: a yearlong clinical culminating in a professional internship and a Master’s research project.

The Theater Education Master’s program can be completed in 3 academic terms if students (a) begin their program of study during the summer academic term, (b) follow a prescribed sequence of courses, and (c) submit official documentation demonstrating they have successfully passed the required content exam of the Ohio Assessment for Educators. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The Theater Education program is designed to prepare beginning teachers, who will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) they teach
  • Use their understanding of how children and youth learn to engage them with the subject matter 
  • Enact equitable and inclusive teaching and assessment practices that are responsive to diverse learners, communities, and a global society 
  • Work within and across a range of community and professional contexts 
  • Critically reflect on and learn from their practice 
  • Exercise a strong sense of agency and the capacity to become leaders in their field

Opportunities for Graduates

Theater Education Master’s program students are eligible to apply for a teaching license in the State of Ohio once they successfully complete the courses listed on their program of study, the required Ohio Assessment for Educators licensure examinations, and the Professional Internship in Teaching. Program graduates are prepared for careers teaching drama and theater in schools in Ohio and around the nation. Many additionally serve as curriculum specialists for their discipline.

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Overview of theatre education program.

Theatre Education prepare students to teach the next generation of actors by expanding knowledge in the principles of teaching theatre and the practices of applied drama.

Teach the Next Generation of Theater Professionals

As one of the oldest professional theatre training programs in the region, Niagara University is well-known for preparing students for careers that take them anywhere from Broadway to Hollywood. Now we’ve partnered with Niagara’s internationally renowned College of Education to create a truly one of a kind graduate program in theatre education!

The M.S.Ed in theatre education is a 39-credit hour specialized program intended for individuals who have completed extensive study in the field of theater, and are not currently certified to teach. The pathway of this program also leads to initial certification in New York state for teaching theater in grades Pre-K through 12.

The curriculum covers foundations of education, student assessment, and classroom management to aid in the development of evidence-based strategies and modifications necessary to enhance student learning. The program is cohort-based, which enhances the peer support candidates experience within their group while at Niagara University, in field experiences, student teaching and later as alumni. Class sizes are small, and therefore give each student individualized attention from their professors. Professors take a constructivist approach to education, which means they understand that each student comes with their own experiences and prior knowledge.

Students pursuing the M.S. Ed in theatre education may receive certification in a second academic area if they have completed 30 hours in that academic area. General education course work can help fulfill this opportunity. Talk to your advisor when you apply to prepare for this option.

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Students currently in the BFA Theatre program can take four graduate classes as an undergrad, allowing them to attain both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

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Graduate classes taken as an undergrad will be charged at undergraduate prices. Prospective students can also apply for a theatre scholarship to assist with graduate tuition.

Flexibility

Our program is 100% online and can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. This makes the program more accessible to students who have full-time jobs and families to support.

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The School of Theatre & Dance’s commitment to academic excellence and the highest professional standards has made the institution a vital resource in the educational and cultural life of this city. We offer graduate students a rigorous program of study rooted in both academic knowledge and practical experience, producing informed, innovative graduates who go on to become leaders in their respective fields.  

The University of Houston offers the following graduate-level theatre programs: MFA Acting, MFA Costume Design, MFA Costume Technology, MFA Lighting Design, MFA Scenic Design, MFA Technical Direction, and a Summer MA for Theatre Educators. 

STUDYING IN HOUSTON

The Houston community is a rich environment in which to study theatre. The downtown arts district hosts nine venues across 17 city blocks. The district, with nearly 13,000 seats for live performances, ranks second in the United States for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area, and is one of only five cities with the distinction of maintaining permanent professional resident companies in all the major performing arts disciplines. Students of the University of Houston have innumerable opportunities to explore the myriad of theatre experiences offered by our dynamic city.

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Graduate Program: Theater

UCLA's Graduate Program in Theater offers the following degree(s):

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

With questions not answered here or on the program’s site (above), please contact the program directly.

Theater Graduate Program at UCLA 103 East Melnitz Box 951622 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622

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Theatre Education and Applied Theatre MA and MFA

Living, Learning, and Working in Boston

As a student attending Emerson College, you will live and learn in the heart of Boston’s Theatre District. Emerson's campus includes the Tufte Performance and Production Center, the Paramount Center, The Cutler Majestic Theatre, and the Emerson Colonial Theatre and is surrounded by dozens of local theatres, providing you with a wide range of experiences, from best-selling Broadway shows to local artists.

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MA Benefits

Massachusetts licensure.

MA students can earn Massachusetts initial licensure as a theatre teacher for Pre-K through Grade 12 in public and private school settings as part of the Theatre Educator track.

Mentorship and Networking Opportunities

Students are paired with a member of the Graduate Faculty for one-on-one mentorship. During this time, mentors advise students on interests like student teaching, theatre for young audiences, community-based practice, and theatre for social change. Mentors provide academic advising, career guidance, and network connections.

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MA students have opportunities to learn from the producing, education, and engagement teams at ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of world theatre. Interested students may be able to work with ArtsEmerson through either part-time employment or internships.

MFA Benefits

Our MFA students are paired with a member of the Graduate Faculty for one-on-one mentorship. During this time, mentors advise them on subject matter interests like student teaching, theatre for young audiences, community-based practice, and theatre for social change. Mentors also serve as the point person for a student’s thesis consideration during their first year. Mentors provide academic advising, career guidance, and networking connections.

MFA students begin thinking about their thesis from the start of their first class and work with their advisors and faculty to workshop and develop ideas throughout their program. MFA students are encouraged to think critically about how their coursework can connect to their future thesis and research work.

MFA students participate in a colloquium during their thesis year, which meets four times a year. The colloquium provides students with the opportunity to attend workshops by guest artists, go behind the scenes with ArtsEmerson, and enhance and broaden their knowledge outside of the traditional classroom.

Students have opportunities to learn from guest artists as well as the producing, education, and engagement teams at ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of world theatre. Interested students may be able to work with ArtsEmerson through part-time employment or internships, and may be able to partner with ArtsEmerson on their thesis.

Careers for Theatre Education and Applied Theatre Graduates

MA Theatre Education and Applied Theatre careers include

  • PK-12 public and private school teacher
  • Regional theatre teachers 

MFA Theatre Education and Applied Theatre careers include

  • Regional theatre Artistic Director, Managing Director, and other leadership positions
  • American Repertory Theater
  • Andover Public Schools
  • Apollinaire Theatre Company
  • Arlington Center for the Arts
  • Boston Arts Academy Boston
  • Public Schools
  • Brimmer and May School
  • Huntington Theatre Company Company
  • One Seattle Children’s Theater
  • Brookline Public Schools
  • Cambridge Public Schools
  • Central Michigan University
  • The Children's Museum
  • Citi Performing Arts Center
  • Wang Theatre
  • Eastern Nazarene College (MA)
  • Huntington Theatre Company
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Lexington Public Schools
  • Newton Public Schools
  • North Shore Community College (MA)
  • Plymouth State University (NH)
  • Regis College (MA)
  • Thayer Academy
  • Waltham Public Schools
  • Wellesley Public Schools

Get the Emerson Edge with our Graduate Student Benefits 

Once you commit to graduate school at Emerson, you’re automatically enrolled in our Emerson Edge program. Emerson Edge is designed to help you network with peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to ensure you’re getting what you need out of your graduate program including career exploration, resume building, financial planning, and access to exclusive events for students and alumni. 

Emerson Edge benefits:

  • Career exploration and preparedness: Work with Career Development to discuss your interests and skills to investigate different career paths. Our Career Development team reviews industry trends and updates you on emerging career paths and industries. Start with the Graduate Career Action Pla n to learn about your skills, the Emerson community, industry, and network. Work with our team to craft your resume, cover letter, and portfolio and receive access to exclusive job listings.
  • Attend Graduate Student Events: Meet new friends and network with your colleagues in the graduate community at in-person and online events hosted by the Graduate Student Association.
  • Work with your Graduate Program Director: Your Graduate Program Director serves as a mentor to you and your classmates. They’ll help you connect with alumni, identify internship and career opportunities, and build a class schedule that excites you.
  • Network with Emerson Alumni: Our alumni network consists of 51,000+ proud lions. Meet alumni from around the globe through Emerson’s exclusive Emerge platform, and in-person and virtual events hosted by our Alumni Relations team. Our alumni are known for helping each other out, from mentoring opportunities to career guidance, and you’ll join one of the best alumni networks in the country.
  • Consult with our resource center to create a work-life balance plan and receive feedback on writing projects and coursework for native and non-native English speakers.
  • Find graduate housing: Work with our Off-Campus Student Services to find off-campus graduate housing, roommates, neighborhood and budgeting advice, and even learn how to sign a lease.
  • Explore our accessible resources: Coordinate with our Student Accessibility Services to receive access and support to our graduate programs and courses, activities, and services to ensure your needs are met while studying at Emerson.
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Graduate Programs

The graduate program in Theatre and Performance Studies trains scholar-artists to develop projects in theatre history, performance studies, critical theory, and cultural analysis in various performance traditions and global contexts. Our faculty specialize in illuminating how social and cultural formations — particularly gender, race, indigeneity, ethnicity, sexuality, colonization and class — inform performances both on and off stage. In turn, we support and celebrate interdisciplinary scholarship from our graduate students that centers shared concerns of performance, such as the body, repetition, liveness, and visuality, while at the same time taking up concerns in outside fields of inquiry. As a faculty, we approach performance through diverse methods, such as historiography, ethnography, and critical analysis of performance texts. We welcome students from underrepresented communities, and we believe that people of color, disabled people, queer and trans folks, and first-generation scholars produce new ways of seeing and knowing that facilitate thinking and working in a diverse classroom.

Enrollment is selective in order to provide individual attention to the scholarly, pedagogical, and artistic projects that shape the student experience at Tufts. In addition to drawing upon Tufts' award-winning faculty, we offer students the opportunity to take courses across the university, and in the Boston Consortium for Higher Education.

In addition to their research, graduate students engage in academic life in a variety of ways, including undergraduate teaching, editorial and dramaturgical assistantships, among many forms of university life. Graduate students serve as teaching assistants in a variety of film studies, theatre history, dramatic literature and analysis, cultural studies, and performance courses. Opportunities to develop and teach courses in students' areas of specialization also exist within the department, at Tufts' acclaimed Experimental College, and through adjunct appointments across Greater Boston. Recently courses designed by our graduate students include Playwriting, LGBTQ+ Theatre, Performing Asian America, and Creativity in Crisis. Additionally, our students serve as actors, directors, designers and dramaturgs on campus and throughout greater Boston.

Graduate faculty actively mentor students' participation and integration into academic life. We encourage and support pathways towards publication in leading journals, conference presentations, and membership in professional organizations including the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), and many more. Students receive travel and research support on an annual basis, courtesy of the Sherwood Collins Fund. Additionally, the department offers a graduate-level course in pedagogy, alongside professional development workshops. Faculty believe in a wide variety of possibilities for life after the MA/PhD, and thus offer strategies for navigating the academic job market and alternative job markets for students who wish to pursue careers in arts administration, editing, grant writing, higher education administration, library studies, publishing and technical writing. Graduates of the program are qualified and competitive for many employment opportunities.

Tufts Theatre and Performance Studies faculty engage in active service within the university, across the field of performance studies, and in state and national bodies of civic engagement. In turn, we look to recruit students who view service and leadership as important to their scholarly trajectories. Professors in the department serve or have served as President of the American Theatre and Drama Society, President of ASTR and members of the organization's executive committee, ATHE Vice President for Advocacy, ATHE Vice President for Professional Development, leaders of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's Latinx, Indigenous, and the Americas Focus Group, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Council on the Arts, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.

For more information about the graduate school and its services. Please visit the  Graduate School  and  Graduate Diversity .

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Students receive a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies.

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University of Windsor – Drama in Education and Community, BA

Bishop’s University – Secondary Education and Drama, BA

Bath Spa University – Education Secondary and Drama, BA (HONS)

University of Chichester – Teaching of Musical Theatre, BA, TMT

Netherlands

HKU University of the Arts – (Dutch) Theatre and Education, Bth

Troy University – Theatre Education, BSE

Grand Canyon University – Theatre for Secondary Education, BA

Santa Clara University – Theatre: Focus on Teaching the Performing Arts, BA

Fort Lewis College – Theatre: K-12 Education, BA

University of Northern Colorado – Theatre Education, BA

Columbus State University – Theatre Education, BSEd

Elmhurst College – Theatre Arts Education, BA

Illinois State University – Theatre Education, BA

Ball State University – Theatre Education, BA, BS

University of Indianapolis – Theatre Teaching, BA

Drake University – Teaching Certification: Theatre, Speech and English, BFA

Saint Ambrose University – Secondary Speech and Theatre Teaching (7-12), BA

Morehead State University – Theatre: Teaching Certification (P-12), BA

University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Theatre Studies: Teaching Certification, BA

Massachusetts

Bridgewater State University – Theatre Education, BA

Emerson College – Theatre Education, BFA

Emerson College – Theatre Education and Performance, BFA

Eastern Michigan University – Communication & Theatre Arts Teaching, BA

Mississippi

Mississippi University for Women – Theatre Education, BA + Teacher Certification

Missouri State University – Speech and Theatre Education, BSEd

Northwest Missouri State University – Speech and Theatre Education, BSEd

William Jewell College – Education: Speech and Theatre Emphasis, BS

University of Montana – Theatre Education, BA

Nebraska Wesleyan University – Theatre Arts Education, BA

New Hampshire

New England College – Theatre Education: K-12 Licensure, BA

University of New Hampshire – Theatre: Secondary Education Option, BA

University of New Hampshire – Theatre: Youth Drama Option, BA

Montclair State University – Theatre: Teacher Education Concentration, BA

NYU Steinhardt – Educational Theatre: Drama in Education, BS

North Carolina

Appalachian State University – Theatre Education, BA

East Carolina University – Theatre Arts Education, BFA

Meredith College – Theatre: K-12 Licensure, BA

North Carolina Central University – Theatre: K-12 Concentration, BA

UNC Greensboro – Theatre Education, BFA

University of North Carolina Charlotte – Theatre: Theatre Education (K-12) Concentration, BA

University of Central Oklahoma – Theatre/Communication Education, BFA

Western Oregon University – Theatre Education, BFA

Pennsylvania

Marywood University – Communication Arts 7-12/Theatre Education, BA

Temple University – Theatre: Education 4+1 Program, BA

South Carolina

Winthrop University – Theatre + Teacher Certification (PK-12), BA

South Dakota

Black Hills State University – Theatre Teaching, BA

Belmont University – Theatre: Theatre Education, BFA

Angelo State University – Theatre, BA + Teacher Certification

Sam Houston State University – Theatre: Teacher Certification, BFA

Stephen F. Austin State University – Theatre with Teaching Certification, BA

The University of Texas El Paso – Theatre: Education Concentration, BA + Teaching Certification

Texas State University – Theatre: Teacher Certification, BFA

Texas Woman’s University – Theatre: Teacher Certification, BA

University of Houston – Theatre Education, BFA

University of North Texas – Theatre: All-Level Teacher Certification, BA

University of Texas at Austin – Theatre Studies + Teacher Certification, BFA

University of Utah – Theatre Teaching, BFA

Utah State University – Theatre Education, BFA

Utah Valley University – Theatre Arts Education, BS

Weber State University – Theatre Arts Teaching, BA

Sweet Briar College – Theatre, BA + Teaching Licensure

Western Washington University – Theatre: Educational Theatre Concentration, BA

Edgewood College – Theatre Education, BA

Ripon College – Theatre: Education Accreditation, BA

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Theatre Arts: Teaching Major, BA

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Theatre Education, BA

Aberystwyth University – (English/Welsh) Education/Drama and Theatre Studies, BA

Graduate Theatre Education Programs

University of Birmingham – Shakespeare and Education, MA

University of Warwick – Drama and Theatre Education, MA

University of Northern Colorado – Theatre Education, MA

Florida State University – Theatre Educators, MS

Columbus State University – Theatre Education, M.Ed.

Eastern Kentucky University – Teaching: Theatre Concentration (P-12), MAT

Emerson College – Theatre Education and Applied Theatre, MA/MFA

Eastern Michigan University – Applied Drama & Theatre for the Young, MFA

Wayne State University – Theatre and Dance: Teaching Artistry, MFA

Mississippi University for Women – Theatre Education, MFA

Missouri State University – Speech and Theatre Education, MSEd

Adelphi University  –  Educational Theatre, MA

NYU Steinhardt – Educational Theatre: Grades K-12, MA

The City College of New York – Educational Theatre, Certification, MSEd

The University of North Carolina Greensboro – Theatre for Youth, MFA

Ohio University – Theater Education, M.Ed

University of Pittsburgh – Performance Pedagogy, MFA

College of Charleston – Performing Arts: Teaching, MAT

University of South Carolina – Theatre Education, MAT

University of Houston – Theatre for Educators, MA

Texas Tech University – Theatre: Performance & Pedagogy, MFA

Washington D.C.

The Catholic University of America – Theatre Education, MA

The Catholic University of America – Creative Teaching Through Drama, Graduate Certificate

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PhD in Theatre Studies

Learn in one of the oldest and most respected doctoral program in the country which has produced leading scholars, writers, educators, and administrators in the field.

NOT ACCEPTING EXTERNAL PhD APPLICATIONS FOR 2024-2025

The PhD Program is not currently accepting external applications. Information regarding application processes will be updated in the near future.

Student recieves doctorate at graduation

What to Expect

The Theatre Studies Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign offers graduate and undergraduate degrees (BFA, MA, PhD) in the academic study of theatre as a liberal art. Our focus is on the history of theatre, dramaturgy, and the development of dramatic criticism through the ages and across borders, with particular emphasis on American theatre. Established under the guidance of Barnard Hewitt, the program has granted more than 150 degrees to date and has affiliated faculty spanning the campus, from English to Classics, from New Media to Medieval Studies. The program supports students developing a nuanced understanding of the history, literature, and theory of theatre in its social and cultural contexts. The University Library is ranked among the top in the nation for the breadth and depth of its holdings.

Highlights of our Program

  • Opportunities to work with Theatre Faculty Affiliates in many different units
  • Potential for up to four years of funding
  • Build expertise in a range of spoken and lyric dramatic forms: Ancient Greek, Early American, Early Modern, Eastern European, German Theatre, Medieval Drama, Multimedia Music Theatre, and Opera
  • Curriculum oriented toward historiography, production history, criticism, gender theory, critical race theory, adaptation studies, cold war studies, diaspora studies, and devised theatre
  • Opportunities to develop a teaching and mentoring portfolio in courses such as Introduction to Theatre, Dramatic Analysis, Modern Drama, and Theatre History
  • Online and face-to-face teaching options
  • The chance to mentor undergraduates in directing, dramaturgy, and artistic management
  • Strong academic placement history
  • Outstanding  Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection  in Theatre
  • Access to all the University of Illinois Library has to offer.

Production Opportunities

  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts , that regularly supports new work in development and gives students the chance to be part of the process
  • The Armory Free Theatre, a blackbox performance space used by students and faculty to create and present cutting-edge work
  • Lively campus and local theatre community, including The Station Theatre and Parkland College

Admission to the PhD program typically requires the presentation of a master’s degree in theatre or a closely related field. A student finishing an MA degree in theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign must apply formally. The Admissions Committee prioritizes applicants who present a solid array of theatre and dramatic literature courses as well as a real promise of earning their degree within a reasonable time. Preference is given to applicants who will be full-time students and active degree candidates.

While interviews are not required, we strongly recommend prospective students visit the Illinois campus to meet with faculty and students. To arrange an interview or for further information, contact the Director of Graduate Studies  Jeffrey Eric Jenkins.

Anyone interested in applying should obtain an Application for Admission to the Graduate College. Follow the application process on the Graduate College website .

Applicants are required to complete the online application form, pay a processing fee, and supply the following material:

  • Transcripts of all previous college work.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores in the verbal section (recommended, but NOT required).
  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from instructors of the applicant’s theatre and drama classes or from experienced theatre professionals (to be sent separately by the letter writers).
  • Two writing samples consisting of original scholarly or critical thought. These may be papers written for earlier courses and should demonstrate the applicant’s competence in writing, and in addressing a significant theatre/drama-related topic.
  • A statement of academic and professional intentions.
  • A resumé of activities in theatrical production.
  • International students must submit recent TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum score for consideration is 550. In addition, the Test of Written English (TWE) is strongly encouraged for non-native speakers.

For fullest consideration of financial support, the deadline for applications is December 15. Applications will be accepted up until March 15.

Financial aid.

Financial aid is available to most PhD students admitted to the program. The Department offers several teaching and research assistantships and a limited number of fellowships. Tuition and fee waivers are included with all assistantships and fellowships. Financial aid is typically provided for four academic years to students who remain in good standing and successfully complete their assigned duties.

Special funding opportunities to note:

  • Diffenbaugh Fellowships, for applicants from Missouri
  • Graduate College Fellowships for Underrepresented Students
  • Illinois Distinguished Fellowships

Visit the Graduate College Fellowship & Grant Competitions website for more information on these and others.

Current students needing assistantship in the following academic year must write an email to the Director of Graduate Studies describing all previous assistantships the student has had at UIUC and must list two ranked choices for desired assistantship in the following academic year. A brief explanation should be given as to why the student is qualified to take on the assistantship. All current students may submit the email, but preference will be given to those in their first three years of the program. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, and the faculty considers the student’s performance in coursework and previous assistantships when making the decision. The email must be received by February 1.

Information for Current Students

Summary of requirements for the phd.

Students should be familiar with all of the doctoral degree requirements as stated in the  Graduate College Handbook .

  • A master’s degree or its equivalent (the equivalent is at least 32 hours at Illinois or 32 semester hours of acceptable graduate work at another university).
  • Sixty-four semester hours of graduate courses beyond the master’s level, with no more than 32 of these hours counted as Thesis Research (THEA 599).
  • At least 16 hours of the above-listed 64 hours must be in 500-level theatre seminars.
  • Maximum of eight hours of the above-listed 64 hours can be used for Colloquium in Theatre Research (THEA 591 TR).
  • Independent Studies may not be used towards the above-listed 64-hour requirement.
  • At least 40 hours beyond the master’s degree must be earned in courses meeting on the Urbana-Champaign campus or Chicago campus, or in courses meeting in other locations that have been approved by the Graduate College.
  • Once residence has been completed, students may petition the Graduate College for permission to register in absentia.

A faculty member is temporarily assigned as the advisor for all incoming doctoral students. By the end of the second year, each student is required to select a permanent advisor who typically also serves as the dissertation director. The advisor must be a core faculty member of the PhD program in theatre, but the dissertation director may be a UIUC faculty member outside of the program.

All students in the PhD program must meet with the core faculty for their annual evaluation at the end of the spring semester. Those who have not passed their Preliminary Examination may be asked to meet at the end of every semester. In preparation for the meeting, the student should email the following documents to the chair of the program:

  • Transcript of graduate courses taken at UIUC
  • Term papers written during the year
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Brief statement describing the student’s progress in the program. The student must pass the annual evaluation satisfactorily in order to continue in the program and to be eligible for financial aid.

Preliminary Examination and Dissertation Prospectus Defense

Students must complete at least 40 hours of coursework before taking the Preliminary Examination, which is usually taken at the beginning of the third year beyond the master’s degree. At least six months before the exam, in consultation with their academic advisor, the student must form their exam committee, including one member willing to serve longer term as research director.

The exam committee should consist of at least four voting members, three of whom must be members of the graduate faculty and at least two tenured faculty members. The preliminary exam is written over two consecutive school days (six hours of writing per day, during regular business hours) and is based on reading lists and topics of study developed by the student in consultation with each member of their committee. The research director will test the candidate’s knowledge of the particular area of theatre and drama in which the proposed dissertation topic lies and oversee the development of the Dissertation Prospectus.

The examination committee will review the written tests with the student in an oral exam, which must be held within two weeks. A failed Preliminary Exam may be retaken only once. Following a successful oral exam, the committee will proceed immediately to the candidate’s defense of their Dissertation Prospectus. If the exam committee requests the candidate to revise and resubmit the Prospectus, the exam committee must reconvene for a new defense.

At least three weeks before the written examination, the student must submit the Preliminary Examination Form to the chair of the MA/PhD program. The form should detail the dates, hours, whether the examination is open or closed book, and other requirements for the examination. The form is available on the Department of Theatre website and in the Department of Theatre office.

PROSPECTUS: Due 3 weeks prior to the written examination

At least three weeks before the written examination, the student must circulate to the examination committee their Dissertation Prospectus, following research director approval.

The written portion of the prospectus should be 5–10 pages double-spaced and include a full bibliography. The prospectus should demonstrate the student’s potential to write a dissertation that makes a substantial contribution to the literature relating to the project. It should also describe the scope of the project, which is expected to be completed within 2 years.

The following items must be included in the prospectus (see Prospectus Guidelines ):

  • A tentative title for the dissertation.
  • The initial premise or hypothesis from which the research will begin.
  • An appraisal of the need for this study in the light of previous scholarship, including other dissertations.
  • A consideration of the probable methods of research and analysis.
  • A description of the resources necessary for the writing of the dissertation and their availability.
  • Tentative chapter divisions.

Dissertation Committee

After a successful prospectus defense, candidates should form a dissertation committee which will serve as their final examination committee. Typically, some or all preliminary examination committee members will be part of the final examination committee. In any case, the committee must be composed of at least four voting members, at least three of whom must be members of the Graduate Faculty and a minimum of two tenured faculty members. This last requirement may be met by term members of the Graduate Faculty who retired or resigned with tenure for a period of three years following their resignation or retirement; this period may be extended at the request of the unit, as long as the faculty member remains actively involved in the graduate program.

If there are more than four voting members on the committee, at least half of the voting members should be members of the Graduate Faculty. The research director normally serves as the chair of the committee, but exceptions are allowed. The chair of the dissertation committee must be a member of the Graduate Faculty but does not have to be a faculty member in the Department of Theatre. A contingent chair may be designated to serve as the chair of the dissertation committee should the original chair be unable to serve for any reason.

Dissertation

Guided by the approved prospectus, the candidate will undertake research in the dissertation topic under the supervision of the dissertation director.

Final Examination

Once the dissertation has been completed, it must be unanimously approved in a final oral examination by the candidate’s dissertation committee. See the Graduate College Handbook for more detail.

Completing the Dissertation

The candidate must complete all requirements for the PhD degree within six years of the first registration in the doctoral program on the Illinois campus. Time extensions are granted only when justified and approved by the advisor, the head of the department, and the Graduate College. If more than five years elapse between a candidate’s Preliminary and Final Examinations, he or she will be required to pass a second Preliminary Examination. An examination committee must be formed, and the format of the examination should be decided by the candidate’s advisor.

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Stanford University Department of Humanities and Sciences

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USC School of Dramatic Arts

Los Angeles, CA •

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  • • Rating 5 out of 5   1 review

Master's Student: I haven't begun yet, but I am incredibly excited to enroll in the Fall. So far, the experience has been exciting and a little bit intimidating. ... Read 1 review

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1 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

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Cornell University College of Arts & Sciences

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School of Arts and Sciences - Tufts University

Medford, MA •

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  • • Rating 4 out of 5   4 reviews

Master's Student: My experience was mostly great! I felt supported by faculty and staff and became involved in student activities. It was just unfortunate that my on-campus experience was cut short due to the pandemic so I was not able to fully take advantage of all the program and graduate school had to offer. ... Read 4 reviews

Tufts University ,

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4 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

Featured Review: Master's Student says My experience was mostly great! I felt supported by faculty and staff and became involved in student activities. It was just unfortunate that my on-campus experience was cut short due to the pandemic... .

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UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

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  • • Rating 4 out of 5   1 review

Master's Student: Its a very good program that really encourages students to explore their artistic capabilities. The instructors are very experienced and are very good at teaching the students. The program is great, but could also use some improvements in the facilities, as well as overall teaching etiquette. Some instructors would be late to class, while expecting students to stay longer. Others would show little, to no enthusiasm about certain things or events. ... Read 1 review

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1 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

Featured Review: Master's Student says Its a very good program that really encourages students to explore their artistic capabilities. The instructors are very experienced and are very good at teaching the students. The program is great,... .

Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

Baltimore, MD •

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  • • Rating 4.53 out of 5   19 reviews

Master's Student: I have yet to enroll for Fall 2023 after receiving my acceptance letter due to a delay in my need-based financial aid from JHU. However the Homewood Campus in Baltimore is beautiful and my Student Advisor, Alexis has been extremely helpful in initiating my enrollment process and answering all of my questions in a timely matter. My intended Advanced Academic Program is the accelerated (2 semester), dual-modality, 40-credit M.S. in Biotechnology, Biodefense concentration. All of the anticipated course subjects are diverse and there's even a customizable core lab course on campus (at least until Summer 2024). I can't wait and I wish you all the best in your search for academic programs or professional certifications. ... Read 19 reviews

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19 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

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Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts

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  • • Rating 5 out of 5   4 reviews

Master's Student: I graduated from the School of Design at the College of Fine Arts. This is one best design program at a major research university. The cross disciplinary approach, and ability to take courses at other schools like business, engineering, and public policy makes the CMU experience truly unique. It’s been said that the hardest part about Harvard is getting in, and the hardest part about CMU is graduating. This very is true. ... Read 4 reviews

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4 Niche users give it an average review of 5 stars.

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The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences - University of Virginia

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Tisch School of the Arts

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  • • Rating 4.75 out of 5   8 reviews

Alum: My experience at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Film/TV as a New Yorker born and raised was absolutely exhilarating. From the moment I set foot in Greenwich Village, I could feel the creative energy buzzing around me, as if the city itself was guiding me towards my artistic journey. Choosing NYU Tisch was a no-brainer for me. It's often dubbed the "Harvard of Film and TV schools," renowned for its prestigious programs and esteemed faculty. NYU Tisch not only equipped me with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the competitive world of film and television but also instilled in me a profound sense of confidence and purpose as I embarked on my journey as a storyteller. As I stepped out into the industry, I carried with me the lessons and memories of my time at NYU, forever grateful for the transformative experience it provided. ... Read 8 reviews

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8 Niche users give it an average review of 4.8 stars.

Featured Review: Alum says My experience at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in Film/TV as a New Yorker born and raised was absolutely exhilarating. From the moment I set foot in Greenwich Village, I could feel the creative energy... Choosing NYU Tisch was a no-brainer for me. It's often dubbed the "Harvard of Film and TV schools," renowned for its prestigious programs and esteemed faculty. NYU Tisch not only equipped me with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the competitive world of film and television but also instilled in me a profound sense of confidence and purpose as I... .

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College of Fine Arts - University of Texas - Austin

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  • • Rating 3.5 out of 5   2 reviews

Master's Student: All of the professors are incredibly knowledgeable, truly experts in their respective fields. Personally, I wouldn't say the academics are difficult but you need to have good study habits and know when to cut corners. They don't want to give you anything less than an A-. ... Read 2 reviews

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Wesleyan University

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  • • Rating 4 out of 5   3 reviews

Graduate Student: I attended as a graduate student and my son is there now. I have never met professors who were more passionate about their profession. I loved every one of my classes and was so inspired. My son is having an even better experience than I did. He has loved every moment of his college career. ... Read 3 reviews

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Smith College

Northampton, MA •

  • • Rating 4.27 out of 5   11 reviews

Master's Student: Smith College not only offers a full time student stipend ($21,000/year) and tuition waiver (valued ~ $35,000) for the Biological Sciences department, but you are able to pull from resources within a neighboring R1 institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst. Research experiences vary based on the selected advisor, but Smith maintains a cutting-edge genomics facility and nearly limitless resources as a well-endowed college. Faculty maintain impressive accolades and are easily reachable, as a leader in my lab, I've learned about lab management, lab training, grant writing, and the nuances behind lab operations. I've worked collaboratively with researchers at UMass and felt that my experience at Smith has been one of growth. I feel confidently in my abilities and that I am a very desirable candidate in the biotech industry after receiving my MS degree. ... Read 11 reviews

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11 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

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College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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  • • Rating 4.22 out of 5   9 reviews

Alum: Aside from being really cold, UW-Madison is a great school. Needless to say, it is one of the top schools in the U.S. with a beautiful campus that has Lake Mendota and a lot of student life to enjoy. Academic was really good too, but given how the city is college town, you can feel the emptiness when students go back home during summer break. It is known as party school too with Mifflin Street Block Party. But it is also highly academically renowned school. So you can make your campus life as fun or as beneficial as you can. There are many gyms and libraries that can handle 40k + students. In addition, you have to check out Camp Randall, the football stadium and attend The MadHatters A Cappella show. I really miss this campus except for the weather. State street has many diverse restaurants that are authentic and delicious. One of the best campuses in the world. ... Read 9 reviews

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9 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

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Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Athens, GA •

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Savannah College of Art and Design

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M.f.a. in theatre arts.

Emphasizing the training of professional practitioners or professional teachers of the theatre practice, the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts is a terminal professional degree that provides intensive concentration in arts administration, design, performance and pedagogy, or playwriting. A minimum of 60 hours is required beyond the baccalaureate. Completion of the M.F.A. degree requires a written thesis or a thesis project.

The M.F.A. program is a professional training program that provides rigorous instruction and practical opportunities, on an in-depth level, in one area of specialization.

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Thank you for your interest in the University of Georgia Department of Theatre and Film Studies. Our department promotes the study of dramatic art across all cultures and in all its current media, including stage, film, computer animation, motion capture and interactive narrative. We offer two graduate degree programs: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MFA program is pre-professional in nature, offered with concentrations in acting; scenic, lighting, and costume design and technology; and dramatic media. The PhD program emphasizes research in the history and theory of dramatic art. View application deadlines and financial information

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University of Northern Colorado

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Master of Arts in Dance Education

  • College of Performing and Visual Arts
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  • M.A. Dance Education

It's finally here: a Master's program in Dance Education that takes only 2 years to complete! This focused program consists of two three-week summer institutes and five academic semesters. It includes a combination of online classes, hands on work and theatrical experiences ranging from courses in choreographing to curriculum development. UNC's Dance Educator Intensive is an ideal way to earn your Master's degree in Dance Education.

Degree Requirements - 36 Credits

This focused program consists of

  • Three 3-credit online courses spread out over two academic years (graduate transfer credits may also apply)
  • Two 3-week summer institutes (one 9-credit institute each summer) for 18 credits
  • One 3-credit 500 level or above approved UNC course, transferable dance course, or transferable graduate level course applicable to student's interests
  • Six credits of thesis advisement (a written thesis is required of all School of Theatre Arts & Dance Master of Arts degree candidates)

Total of thirty-six (36) credits over two academic years and two summer sessions. The on-campus summer workshops (last 2 weeks of July and first week of August) will involve choreography, learning dance forms, movement skills/technique, pedagogy, interdisciplinary teaching through dance, creative dance, injury prevention, and dance production. 

Required Courses - 36 credits

Fall - online.

DNCE 555 Movement & Dance - Framing a Research Question (3)

SPRING - Online

DNCE 550 Dance History - Tribal Cultures to Current Times (3)

SUMMER - Face to Face

DNCE 560 Dance Movement Skills & Pedagogical Approaches (3) DNCE 565 Interdisciplinary Teaching & Advocacy in Dance (3) DNCE 570 Doing, Teaching, & Appreciating Choreography & Creative Dance I (3)

DNCE 575 Dance Lesson, Curriculum & Assessment Design (3)

DNCE 690 Thesis I (3)

DNCE 693 Popular Dance Forms (3) DNCE 695 Doing, Teaching & Appreciating Choreography (3) DNCE 697 Dance Production Techniques (3)

DNCE 699 Thesis II (3) Before Graduation - Elective Course (3 credits) One 3-credit 500 level or above approved UNC course, transferable dance course, or transferable graduate level course applicable to student's interests

http://extended.unco.edu/programs/education-arts/dance-education-masters/index.asp

Program Description

The MA in Dance Education is an academically rigorous program examining the philosophical, theoretical and practical implications in the field of dance education. In this program, students will reflect on the bigger challenges that constantly face dance educators in the classroom/studio, and more broadly, in the country. Students should expect to reflect, assess, and re-evaluate their own practice and theoretical understandings of the field.

This focused program consists of three 3 credit on-line courses spread out over two academic years, two three-week summer institutes for 18 credits (9 each year), one 3 credit 500 level or above transferable dance course, and 6 credits of thesis advisement for a total of 36 credits. The program begins in the fall of each academic year. While on campus in the summer, students will attend classes, and view or work on productions, Monday through Saturday for a total of 45 hours per week. The summer classes will be held during the last two weeks in July and the first week of August.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree (dance degree not required) and a strong desire to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education. A teaching certificate is recommended yet not required. A minimum of nine and a maximum of twelve students will be admitted each year. The goal is that each class will reflect a mix of diverse backgrounds, experience and interests. Applicants must meet the University of Northern Colorado's graduate admission requirements and apply by April 1. They must also submit an essay stating their goals for the program and discuss why graduate school is an appropriate choice in their careers at this time, a resume, and three letters of recommendation. Selection for the program will be made by the end of April. The GRE is not required.

The cost of the program is calculated each year based on increases in operation costs. View current tuition rates . Arrangements can be made for a monthly payment plan, but there is a service/interest charge. Students may also pay by credit card and/or make their monthly payments to the credit card. Financial aid is also available through the UNC Financial Aid Office. More information is also available on the Graduate School website .

On campus housing is available at UNC in Hansen-Willis Hall just two blocks from Crabbe Hall. Hansen-Willis is an air-conditioned residence hall, in which each unit consists of two bedrooms, bathroom and living areas. Each unit houses up to four persons per apartment. Requests for one person per bedroom will be honored on a space available basis. All reservations must be paid for on or before arrival. The MA Dance Education program advisor will contact you regarding housing opportunities during your first year in the program.

A word about residence halls

UNC residence halls are good student housing, not hotels. There is no maid service, there are shared facilities, BUT it is very convenient. If you have misgivings about residence halls, please consider the hotel option.

Looking for Housing Off Campus?

Please visit the Greeley Convention and Visitors Bureau website for more information on hotel options (Accommodations). We do not provide transportation to and from hotels. For those who have the perfect house on wheels and travel to Greeley in a motor home, there are campgrounds close to the University as well. Beginning June 26, the City of Greeley is very busy as we host the annual Greeley Stampede - the "World's Largest 4th of July Rodeo and Western Celebration!" If you are interested in getting a hotel room, please do so right away.

On campus classes will be located at Frasier Hall, Crabbe Hall, Campus Recreation Center, Michener Library on the University of Northern Colorado Campus, and various other local off-campus dance studios. View a map of UNC

Productions

As part of the on campus program, students may attend theatre productions on campus at the Little Theatre of the Rockies, and selected dance/theatre productions in Denver and/or Boulder, as well as the Vail International Dance Festival.

Prior to the on campus summer sessions, students will be sent a list of textbooks and resources. They may also be given assignments that will need to be completed in advance of their arrival on campus. Before beginning the program, students should consider ideas for their thesis project.

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Dance History -Tribal Cultures to Current Times

Students learn to recognize links between early dance forms and those which are a part of the current cultural scene. Emphasis is placed on connections between dance forms and the accompanying culture, place and events found within a specific time frame along with developments in the other arts. Students will be expected to analyze historical dance forms. 3 credit hours.

Movement & Dance - Framing a Research Question

Students learn how to frame a research question and effective research strategies for use in dance education contexts. In addition, students produce a protocol, requiring detailed preparatory research, testing of ideas, and presentation of theories and concepts in practice. Students work under faculty supervision and prepare a documented written report. 3 credit hours.

Dance Movement Skills (Modern & Jazz) & Pedagogical Approaches

Class involves the study of the technique and performance qualities of Modern and Jazz Dance. The focus is on an in-depth discovery of the methods of pedagogy for dance technique classes. 3 credit hours.

Interdisciplinary Teaching & Advocacy in Dance

Class involves learning how to use creative movement and dance to teach non-dance concepts and ideas, including using movement and dance to teach multicultural content. Techniques for dance education advocacy will also be presented. 3 credit hours.

Doing, Teaching & Appreciating Choreography & Creative Dance I

Students learn about presenting creative movement/dance lessons for elementary age children and improvisation/choreography classes for older students. Techniques for appreciating choreography are also presented along with active participation in creative movement, improvisation, and dance making based on basic choreographic principles and forms. 3 credit hours.

Dance Lesson, Curriculum & Assessment Design

Class includes learning to give differentiated feedback to students in movement skills classes; designing various types of dance-based lessons and curricula (modern, jazz, creative dance, choreography & improvisation); and structuring dance assessment instruments and rubrics. 3 credit hours.

Course builds on the initial research class by helping students refine a thesis topic and determine appropriate research methods. The course also includes work to define the purpose of the thesis, its significance, and possible sources for the review of literature. In addition, students describe a potential population of students for their project, along with the steps to be taken to complete their project. Possible thesis projects are a research-based dance performance, research-based dance curriculum, or qualitative study exploring a dance education question.

Popular Dance Forms

Students learn movements from a number of popular dance forms - salsa, ballroom, hip hop, krump, steppin, ’Bollywood, & country western line dancing & basic movements from yoga. Work on teaching progressions, pedagogical tips & lesson planning are also included. 3 credits.

Doing, Teaching & Appreciating Choreography II

Class is an investigation of dance improvisation and choreography as it relates to dance pedagogy and philosophy. More advanced techniques for appreciating choreography are presented along with active participation in improvisation and dance making based on intermediate choreographic principles and forms. Learning to design choreographic experiences for students of different ages and ability levels is also part of this class. 3 credits.

Dance Production Techniques

Course covers dance production techniques to give students an overview and practical experience in all aspects of producing a dance concert or dance performance for primary level through college age students. 3 credits.

Course involves step-by-step process of writing and defending candidate’s thesis project. 3-6 credits.

The Dance Education Master of Arts program is designed for educators who wish to build their credentials while developing their knowledge in the field of Dance Education. In this program, you will be able to build on your teaching strategies, develop theoretical knowledge as it relates to teaching and learning, and develop your dance/movement skills.

Dance Education MA students will learn the latest and most effective instructional methods for

  • Dance/Movement Teaching for K-12 including skills and techniques
  • Choreography, Creative Dance Improvisation and Popular Dance Forms
  • Dance Performance Production
  • Dance History
  • Designing Dance/Movement Lessons, Assessments and Learning Dance Research Methods
  • Movement and Dance to Teach Non-Dance Concepts and Ideas
  • Injury Prevention  

This master's program was designed with online delivery in the academic Fall and Spring plus summer workshops to fit into the schedules of current and aspiring dance educators. The summer face to face workshops will include courses on choreography and learning dance forms.

The Dance Education Master of Arts program begins in the Fall of each academic year. A minimum of eight and a maximum of fifteen students will be admitted each year. Applicants must apply by April 1; selections will be made by the end of April.

More Resources

We also encourage you to visit the Graduate School website for more information.

Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree (not necessarily in dance); a teaching certificate is recommended, yet is not required. Graduate school admission is required. No GRE is required. NOTE: There are a limited number of states from which UNC cannot accept students for online coursework. For the current list of ineligible states please visit http://extended.unco.edu/programs/education-arts/dance-education-masters/eligibility.asp .

For application details and access to the Graduate School application, visit http://extended.unco.edu/programs/education-arts/dance-education-masters/online.asp . Please submit your application, transcripts, and supplemental materials to the Graduate School by April 1 . The following supplemental materials are required along with your application and transcripts:

  • Statement of Goals (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
  • Resume (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)  

Once admitted to the program, students should refer to http://extended.unco.edu/current/graduate/education-arts/dance_ed_ma.asp , where they will get current student information such as their course schedule, course registration number, link to the syllabus and other important details.

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