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

Social studies and theatre are powerful in combination, helping learners explore history through the use of drama-based frameworks. This degree leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of theatre and a teacher of social studies. You'll gain a foundation in social studies and drama, learn pedagogical methods and strategies, and acquire hands-on experience through fieldwork and student teaching.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

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

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You will work closely with a faculty advisor as you create a sequence of courses to reflect your interests and select classes in research, pedagogy, theatre art forms, and community-engaged approaches, ensuring that you learn:

  • US and world history
  • World drama
  • Drama in education
  • How to explore social issues through drama
  • Interactive dramatic strategies in teaching and learning for exploring key ideas in primary source documents, historical concepts, periods, debates, and texts

Core Courses and Areas of Specialization

The curriculum for this degree includes integrated course work in drama, dramatic literature, and theatre, which are tied to the four New York State Learning Standards for both theatre and social studies. You'll have the opportunity to focus your studies on a concentration, such as Applied Theatre, Drama Education, or Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production; or you can create your own pathway under advisement. 

Fieldwork and Student Teaching Placements in New York City Schools

You will also 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 hold positions in education and theatre departments in museums, art galleries, colleges, and universities.

You will graduate eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of theatre, all grades (K–12), and a teacher of social studies, 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 David Montgomery at

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