Educational Theatre, All Grades, and Social Studies, 7–12 (MA)

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Program Description

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. In this MA program in Educational Theatre, All Grades and Social Studies, Grades -12, students explore key ideas in primary source documents or historical texts through the use of interactive dramatic strategies, gain a foundation in social studies and drama, learn pedagogical methods and strategies, and acquire hands-on experience through fieldwork and student teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

This innovative dual-certification program is built on the school’s teacher certification programs in Educational Theatre, All Grades, and Teaching Social Studies, 7–12 and follows State Learning Standards for both theatre and social studies. Graduates are eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of theatre, all grades and as a teacher of social studies, grades 7-12.

Accreditation (AAQEP)

The New York University Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of teaching and leadership in today’s demanding educational environment, is granted accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Programs (AAQEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2020 to June 2027. This accreditation certifies that the fore-named professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to AAQEP’s quality principles.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.