Programs - Educational Theatre

Ph.D./Ed.D. Educational Theatre

EDTC: Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities

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A strong research focus exists in the Program in Educational Theatre. Applications for doctoral study are accepted from candidates with clear demonstrated interest in research and scholarship. Acceptance into doctoral study is competitive. Students are encouraged to complete their program in five years. A satisfactorily completed master’s degree with a research component is expected prior to application.

A total of 54 to 60 points beyond the master’s degree (depending on the student’s previous academic background) is required for the Ph.D. and 42 points for the Ed.D. degree. This includes general degree requirements and a minimum of 18 points in educational theatre to be selected in consultation with a doctoral adviser, according to the student’s area of interest and professional goals. Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 36 points in residence beyond the master’s degree. Details for the degree curriculum for the Ph.D. and Ed. D. appear under the Curriculum tab.

A candidacy examination is given approximately halfway through the academic work to determine what specific coursework is required.

Upon completion of coursework, students must register in a one-point Collegium in performing arts education research each semester in order to maintain matriculation (MPAIA-GE 3400 Performing Arts Research Collegium)

Both a proposal and a dissertation are required by doctoral students in the Ph.D. program. Ph.D. students must defend their dissertation during an oral examination. Three full-time faculty members are required to serve on doctoral students dissertation committee.

Ed.D. students will develop a culminating study drawn from one or more of the programs’ specializations: Drama in Education, Applied Theatre, or Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production. This might include dramatic work or other arts-based project, action research project, internship, and/or other applied theatre residency in lieu of a research-based dissertation. This will also require a formal proposal, faculty mentorship, and subsequent presentation and defense before a faculty committee.

Students should consult the handbook for Doctoral Study published by the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development for the specific requirements of this degree. Course substitutions for any of the general degree requirements must be approved by the academic advisor, the department chairperson, and the vice dean.

For further information about the program or its curricula, please contact:

Dr. Jonathan Jones
82 Washington Square East, Pless Annex 223
New York, NY 10003

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