Program in Educational Theatre Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

Program in Educational Theatre Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development New York University

New York, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
6 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Overall Program in Educational Theatre

New York University offers the only academic program in the United States in educational theatre that leads to the MA, EdD, and PhD degrees.

The program emphasizes explorations in theatre as an art form, drama education, and applied theatre, with coursework in school-based drama, teaching artistry, theatre for young audiences, play production, innovative research, new play development, performance, design, and community arts. It also provides concentrations in art-based research, dramatic literature, and aesthetic education.

The program has a strong social justice agenda and produces plays year-round for audiences in an experimental studio space (the Black Box Theatre) and in the venerable Provincetown Playhouse.

New York City offers opportunities for internships and extensive experience in a variety of professional settings that include private and public schools; nationally prominent theatres -- including theatres for young and family audiences; hospitals; media networks; recreational and community centers; and social service agencies. Qualified students may apply for internships with educational theatre companies across New York City.

Graduates are employed in a variety of educational settings for all ages, in communications, community theatres, New York-based and regional theatres, children's and youth theatre companies, and as consultants and specialists. Institutions from the preschool to the university level seek trained specialists to inaugurate and conduct drama programs; specialists are also needed for programs in social service agencies, recreation centers, and guidance or wellness facilities.

Program Options

Master's degrees are offered in four areas of specialization: teaching in colleges and communities, New York State teacher certification in Theatre K--12, New York State teacher certification in both English 7--12 and Theatre K--12, and New York State teacher certification in both Social Studies 7--12 and Theatre K--12. Both a PhD and EdD degree program is offered in educational theatre in colleges and communities.

MA in Educational Theatre Degree Program for Teachers in Colleges and Communities

This program, now available in a 3-summer course of study (either in New York City alone or combined with coursework in London and Dublin) in addition to a traditional academic year format, prepares students to explore theatre with diverse communities in unique settings and at the higher education/college level. Students take courses in the foundation areas of applied theatre; drama education production, performance, direction, and design; literary foundations; and theatre for young audiences, as well as in the applications of these content areas to a variety of community settings. Graduates hold teaching and administrative positions in contexts where teacher certification is not required, such as private colleges, arts organizations, galleries and museums, educational outreach centers, health education facilities, housing programs, youth and adult detainment centers, and more.

MA in Educational Theatre Degree Program, All Grades

The goal of this MA teacher certification program is to educate teachers to provide opportunities for students to explore theatre forms and drama strategies on stage and in the classroom. The curriculum provides integrated course offerings in drama, dramatic literature, and theatre, which are tied to the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts. This course of study enables graduates to be educated as teaching artists and professionally certified in New York State as teachers of theatre, all grades.

MA in Educational Theatre Degree Program, All Grades, with English, 7--12

This MA teacher certification program responds to the many opportunities available in New York City for English teachers at the middle/high school levels. The need for modes of artistic expression that lead toward literate engagements with texts has never been greater. The concern that technologies such as film, television, and the Internet are replacing basic reading and writing skills can be addressed by providing opportunities for students to explore ideas and concepts in the novels and plays they read in the English classroom through drama and theatre strategies.

MA in Educational Theatre Degree Program, All Grades, with Social Studies, 7--12

Social studies and theatre have a powerful alliance when learners are provided with the chance to explore a period of history, historical concepts, and historical debates through the use of drama-based frameworks. This innovative dual certification provide students with opportunities to explore key ideas in primary source documents or historical texts through the use of interactive dramatic strategies.

PhD/EdD in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities

A strong research focus exists in the doctoral programs in Educational Theatre. The EdD degree program appeals to arts professionals interested in practice as research. The PhD degree program is for researchers interested in a career in higher education. Applications for doctoral study are accepted from candidates with clearly demonstrated interest in research and scholarship; acceptance is competitive.

Global Study Options

All graduate students have the opportunity to gain exposure to theatre-in-education practices through specialized coursework in Dublin, London, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Notable alumni of the program include playwrights and filmmakers (John Patrick Shanley, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner for Doubt and winner of the 1988 Academy Award for his script for the film Moonstruck and author of numerous plays produced off-Broadway), directors (Myrna Casas, director of her own prize-winning company in Puerto Rico), authors (Dr. Nellie McCaslin, prolific author of widely employed texts on drama for children), and numerous theatre professionals.


NYU Steinhardt's Educational Theatre faculty members are recognized as leaders in the field of arts education, and encourage students to give full expression to their talents inside the classroom and out.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Applications to the master's degree programs in educational theatre are accepted for spring, summer, and fall enrollment (except Educational Theatre, All Grades, with Social Studies which admits in the spring and fall). Applications to the doctoral programs are accepted for fall only.

Each year, NYU Steinhardt awards $6 million in tuition scholarships to master's students, which are determined by merit and financial need. These scholarships, combined with loans and student employment, help both full- and part-time students afford the cost of a graduate education. Applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents and who complete their Free Application for Student Aid on time will be considered for financial aid.

Full-time PhD students receive full tuition and a stipend.

Location & Contact

Program in Educational Theatre

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University

35 West 4th Street Suite 1077
New York, NY 10012
United States

Prof. David Montgomery


Phone: 212-998-5869
Fax: 212-995-4043

Phone: 212-998-5030
Fax: 212-995-4328

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Educational Theatre For Colleges And Communities Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Educational Theatre And English 7-12 Master of Arts (MA)
    • Educational Theatre And Social Studies 7-12 Master of Arts (MA)
    • Educational Theatre, All Grades Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 47
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


75% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 90
    • Accepted 68
    • Acceptance Rate 75
    • Enrolled 37
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesaudition
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, interview
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesmaster's degree
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students87
    • Female Percentage71%
    • Male Percentage29%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students87
    • Part-time Percentage25%
    • Full-time Percentage75%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino10%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian62%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown10%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty6
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage33%
    • Male Percentage67%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTheatre for young audiences, drama in education, applied theatre, arts education assessment, reflective praxis
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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