Educational Theatre

Educational Theatre FAQ

Q: Are auditions required to be accepted into the program?

A. Auditions are not required for those applying to the undergraduate or master's programs. PhD applicants who are named finalists are required to do an interview by phone or in person.

Q: Can I apply past the posted deadline?

A. Undergraduate and PhD applicants are required to apply by the university deadline and late applications will not be considered. The Master’s program is able to consider applications after the graduate admissions master's priority deadline and students may apply at any time.  Please note priority for financial aid consideration is given to those who meet the priority application deadline (for information regarding deadlines and application procedures please visit:  It is suggested that those applying to the master’s program do so at least three to four months prior to the beginning of the semester they would like to enter.

Q: What are the prerequisites for entering into the program?

A. There are no prerequisites for the Undergraduate or PhD programs.

Our graduate degree tracks have prerequisites attached to them; the EDTA track, the ETED track and the ETSS track.

  • In the EDTA (teaching certification in theatre all grades) you are required to have earned 36 points in Drama, Theatre, Dramatic Literature or their equivalent.
  • In the ETED (teaching certification in theatre all grades and English 7-12) you are required to have earned 30 credits in Theatre and 30 credits in English.
  • In the ETSS (teaching certification in Theatre, all grades, and social studies, 7-12) you must have completed a minimum of 24 credits in Educational Theatre and a minimum of 24 credits in Social Studies. 
  • The EDTC (for colleges and communities) program requires you to have completed the equivalent of two semesters of acting or directing and 2 semesters of theatre history or dramatic criticism prior to admission. If you have not taken these prerequisite courses or their equivalent at the undergraduate level prior to admission, you must register for them before finishing your studies, which may increase the total number of credits required to complete the degree.   This may increase the number of credits required for your degree.

Please see Curriculum for more details of content prerequisite courses required for the above. If you do not have these credits you will need to take additional course work to complete your degree.

Q: Is the GRE required for acceptance into the graduate programs?

A.  Please consult the NYU Steinhardt Graduate Application Guide page for the application requirements including the GRE, for your program of interest.

Q: How do I make an appointment to receive more information?

A. To speak with a representative of the program you can call our main line at 212 998 5868 and they will set up an appointment time for you to speak with a current student or faculty member. Current students in the program can give you a unique perspective about the Program in Educational Theatre.