Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities (MA)

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Program Description

The MA Program in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities (EDTC) is a 36-credit curriculum that prepares students to explore theatre with diverse communities in unique settings and at the higher education/college level. Graduates of this program 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, and youth and adult detainment centers.

This particular track is designed to empower graduates to design, implement, and evaluate theatrical work in a wide range of community contexts, and prepare students who elect to pursue college teaching for innovative research and scholarship in the field.

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. The New York State Learning Standards for Theatre inform these curriculum pathways. Substitutions, such as study abroad options, can be made through one-to-one advisement. Additional courses not listed below are offered each semester. Students discuss their course selections with the appointed academic adviser each semester.

Students have the option of completing the 36-credit EDTC MA program over three summers. The curriculum and degree requirements for the three-summer option and the regular academic year program are identical. Courses are offered in New York City, London, and Dublin. Summer courses in New York City rotate each year to ensure a variety of course choices.


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.