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MA, Educational Theatre, Grades K–12, and English Education, Grades 7–12, Initial Certification

Learn pedagogical methods and drama strategies that can be integrated into the teaching of theatre, reading, writing, and language arts. Explore strategies wherein literacy flourishes, reading comes alive, and students investigate issues of personal and social significance, and gain hands-on experience in New York schools. This program leads to New York State initial certification as a teacher of theatre and a teacher of English.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Educational Theatre, All Grades and English, Grades 7–12: Dual Certification

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Full-time or Part-time
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Your curriculum includes integrated course work in drama, dramatic literature, and theatre, which are tied to the four New York State Learning Standards for the Arts, ensuring that you study: 

  • Dramatic literature
  • Theatre production and performance
  • Drama in education
  • Theatre and literature for young audiences
  • How to explore ideas and concepts in novels and plays through drama and theatre strategies
  • Classroom strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching today's middle and high school students

Core Courses and Areas of Specialization

Through an inquiry-based model of teaching, you'll take core methods courses that link theory to practice, encouraging you to develop a deeper understanding of how to read, analyze, and teach literary works and themes.

Fieldwork and Student Teaching Placements in New York City Schools

You will complete fieldwork and two supervised student teaching placements in New York City elementary and secondary schools, honing your teaching techniques under the guidance of NYU faculty.

Graduates of our program are teachers of drama and theatre at preschools and elementary, middle, and secondary schools. They also hold positions in education and theatre departments in museums, art galleries, colleges, and universities.

You will graduate eligible for New York State initial teaching certification as a teacher of theatre, all grades (K–12), and a teacher of English, grades 7–12. Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Nancy Smithner at

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