Adelphi’s programs in Educational Theater provide graduates with a network of opportunities to introduce and enhance the use of theatre in schools, cultural institutions, theatre companies, and non-profit organizations. Our programs prepare the performing arts major for multiple roles in the world of theatre education as teaching artists, theatre educators, artistic directors, and arts education coordinators.
We offer two Master of Arts programs. The M.A. in Educational Theatre, PreK-12 is a teacher certification program designed to address the needs of performers who are interested in earning NYS certification in theatre P-12. We also offer an M.A. in Educational Theatre, non-certification, designed to nurture educators without a theatre major who would like to learn how to integrate dramatic play into their pedagogy.
Both programs offer a deeply experiential and field-rich curriculum that provides educators and theatre professionals with a theoretically grounded wealth of techniques to help bring learning alive and awaken the imagination of students of any age. The curriculum addresses the potential of the arts to differentiate instruction and to address the special needs of students with disabilities, as well as to enhance the education of second language learners. The program uses theatre to build bridges between the University and local school districts, bringing children to campus for an intensive summer course with graduate students as well as bringing our students into local schools to perform children’s theatre and teach workshops.
The M.A. in Educational Theatre, P-12 is 37 credits and culminates with a student teaching semester taken at the end of the program. Applicants for this program must have successfully completed an undergraduate major in theatre or the equivalent. The 33 credit non-certification program in Educational Theatre parallels the certification program, but does not require the final student teaching semester or health course. The non-certification program is open to all interested graduate candidates, regardless of prior study.
Students in the certification program may need to make up undergraduate deficiencies in liberal arts courses required for teacher certification in New York State. Additionally students in programs leading to NYS teacher certification in theatre must take and pass the required New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE), including the Content Specialty Test (CST) in Theatre.M.A. in English Education with Dual Certification in English 7–12 and Theatre Pre-K–12.