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MA, Educational Theatre, Grades K–12, Initial Certification

Develop your artistic practice in traditional and nontraditional performance spaces, apply your craft in educational and outreach sites, and study with leading theatre educators. You’ll explore concepts using drama strategies and theatre forms in the classroom and on stage as you prepare to work as a theatre artist and educator in schools. This degree leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification.

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Master of Arts in Educational Theatre, All Grades: Initial Certification

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Full-time or Part-time
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You’ll complete course work in drama, dramatic literature, and theatre, which is tied to the four New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. Through an inquiry-based model of teaching, you’ll take core methods courses that link theory to practice, while cultivating a deeper understanding of how to teach theatre as an art form and how to integrate drama into core subject areas at all grade levels. Throughout your program, you will:

  • Acquire specialized pedagogical techniques and strategies that are innovative and appropriate for teaching drama and theatre to today's elementary, middle, and high school students
  • Enhance your skills in theatre production and performance
  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of dramatic literature
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation for drama in education praxis
  • Gain insights in and experiences with youth theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences

You'll gain valuable experience through two semesters of student teaching at NYC schools, under the mentorship of cooperating teachers and an NYU faculty member. Student teaching placements take place only during the regular school year.

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the program’s two annual main-stage shows, author production-specific curriculum guides and supplementary materials, design the accompanying learning segments, and facilitate workshops with members of our student audiences.

Graduates of our program are teachers of drama and theatre at preschools and elementary, middle, and secondary schools. They hold positions in education departments in regional theatres, museums and art galleries. They are directors of drama and theatre for community centers, camp and recreation programs, and religious organizations.

Upon graduation, you'll be eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of theatre, all grades (K–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 Joe Salvatore at

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