The Catholic University of America

M.A. Program in Theatre Education

The Master of Arts in Theatre Education -- MATE -- degree program is the newest of five graduate theatre programs offered by the Department of Drama. The MATE degree program is the only one of its kind in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Designed to specifically accommodate the schedules of working teachers, classes are offered evenings and during summer semesters. OR complete the MATE program in 3 SUMMERS.

NEW lower tuition!
MATE courses are now eligible for the University's Professional Programs Rate.

Scholarships, grants, and Catholic school tuition discounts available.
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The MATE program accepts applications year round. It is possible to start the program Fall, Spring, or Summer. If you have applied or plan to apply, please contact the Head of the Program, Rosalind Flynn.


The MATE program has 2 different  tracks:


Theatre Education Track

Choose this track if you are or want to be:

  • a high school theatre teacher
  • a middle school theatre teacher
  • an elmentary school theatre teacher
  • a director of educational theatre productions
  • a director of theatre education at a performing arts institution 

Interested? Take a closer look...

Creative Teaching through Drama Track

Choose this track if you are or want to be:

  • a classroom teacher who wants to add arts-integrated drama learning strategies to your teaching repertoire to increase student engagement and comprehension
  • a teaching artist in search of an advanced degree that will increase the skills you bring to your education drama residencies

Interested? Take a closer look...


This program has helped me in so many ways. I became a more creative teacher, experimenting with new strategies to help motivate students. I became more confident and creative as a director of children's theatre, particularly through my thesis project...Arts integration emphasizes teaching the child as a whole person. This program has done the same for me, and I am better for it.



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