MS Ed. Theatre Education & Teaching Certification

The M.S.Ed. in Theatre Education is a 39-credit hour specialized program intended for individuals who have completed extensive study in the field of theatre, and are not currently certified to teach. The pathway of this program also leads to initial certification in New York State for teaching theatre in grades pre-K through grade 12.

Students currently enrolled in one of our BFA theatre programs, after acceptance into the program, may begin their graduate coursework for this program as early as their junior year, with the cost of those four graduate courses covered in the undergraduate block tuition.

Interested candidates must complete a graduation application through the College of Education during the spring semester of their sophomore year.

Application Pre-Requisites

  1. 3.00 cumulative GPA;
  2. SAT/ACT of 50% or higher (an in-house exam will be provided for those who have not completed the SAT/ACT);
  3. letter of recommendation.


For current matriculated students in the undergraduate BFA theatre program, up to four graduate courses (12 credit hours) may be taken in their junior and senior years. 

The following courses may be applied to the undergraduate general education requirements:
EDU 523Foundations of Education3
EDU 536Human Learn, Dev & Motivation3
EDU 530Manage the Cultural Resp Class3
EDU 571Foundations of Literacy Instruction3

Upon completion of undergraduate coursework and the above graduate courses, the student will remain matriculated for one more year, with additional graduate coursework in the fall, and student teaching assignments in the spring


Students pursuing the M.S.Ed. in Theatre Education may obtain certification in a second academic area if they have completed 30 credit hours in that academic area.