MA in Educational Theatre, All Grades: Initial Certification

Start Your Career as a Certified Theatre Educator

Work as a theatre artist and educator in schools, cultural institutions, or community settings. In this master of arts program, you’ll develop your artistic practice in traditional and non-traditional performance spaces, apply your craft in educational and outreach sites, and study closely with leading theatre educators from around the world. The MA in Educational Theatre, All Grades, provides opportunities for you to explore ideas and concepts using drama strategies and theatre forms in the classroom and on stage. The graduate curriculum includes course offerings in dramatic activities, dramatic literature, and theatre production, which are tied to the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. You may elect to begin this program of study in any semester through consultation with the program director.

This program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of theatre, all grades (K-12). During your course of study, you must complete fieldwork and student teaching placements at New York City schools, at both the elementary and secondary levels.

A non-certification degree and degrees offering dual certification with Social Studies Education and dual certification with English Education are also available.

You'll have opportunities to:
  • 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
How You'll Learn

The curriculum for this degree includes integrated coursework 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.

Student Teaching in New York City Schools
You'll gain valuable experience through two semesters of student teaching at New York City elementary, middle, and high schools, under the mentorship of cooperating teachers and an NYU faculty member. Student teaching placements take place only during the regular school year.

Flexible Study Options
You can complete the MA in as little as one year if you begin the program in the Summer and study full time. Other options include three semesters of full-time study (Fall/Spring/Fall or Spring/Fall/Spring) or five or more semesters if you attend part time. If you're studying full-time, you will have your student teaching placements in the second and third semesters of the program. 

Performance Opportunities
NYU Steinhardt's program in Educational Theatre produces two mainstage shows each academic year, in the studio Black Box Theatre and the historic Provincetown Playhouse. These productions are directed by professional directors from among our program faculty, with actors, assistant stage managers, dramaturgues, and assistant directors rounding out the companies. Each production invites student audiences to participate in a workshop series designed to encourage connection to the themes, content, and plot/character development of the given play.  As a student in our program, you have the opportunity to author study guides and supplementary materials, plan workshops, and facilitate the workshops that accompany each play.

Where Your Degree Can Take You

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. 

Degree Details

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) does not address approval for academic programs leading to professional licensure or certification. The Educational Theatre Program is currently in the process of researching state requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the State of New York, as it relates to educational theatre. Please contact for additional information. 

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82 Washington Square East, Pless Annex, Room 223
New York NY 10003