The Catholic University of America

Theatre Education Track

Consider the Theatre Education Track of the MATE degree program if you are -- or want to be:

A Teacher of Theatre

Build or enhance your abilities to develop creativity in young people via the art form of theatre. Increase your professional skills, both the practical and theoretical, with MATE courses that focus on theatre teaching methods, design, western theatre and culture, and a variety of educational topics.

A Director of Educational Theatre Productions

Increase your skills in casting, directing and working with young people in theatrical productions.  Learn the aesthetic fundamentals of theatre production and the basics of stagecraft in the fields of construction, painting, costumes, lighting and sound.

A Director of Theatre Education

Enhance your credentials as a theatre professional who runs one of the education departments integral to nearly all major theatres nationwide. Strengthen your understanding of issues important to the artists, educators and students who participate in your programming.

A Closer Look...

The program's curriculum concentrates on four related areas:

  • developing practical skills for the creation and production of plays   and teaching of theatre in K-12 schools and community programs,
  • advancing the skills of the theatre artist as a writer, dramaturge, and collaborator working with diverse populations,
  • using the techniques of dramatists (actors, directors, designers, playwrights) to enhance the learning process across the curriculum and in different educational settings, 
  • creating a more complex understanding of how the dramatic arts can impact the curriculum in K-12 schools and the community as a whole.

The M.A. in Theatre Education requires the satisfactory completion of 33 course credit hours and passing a comprehensive exam.

The Head of the Program and the student’s advisor determine course choices in consultation with each student, keeping in mind his or her background and objectives. Each student must have a total of 30 credit hours of approved course work and complete a 3 credit supervised project (DR 951). 


Requirements for M.A. in Theater Education - Theatre Education Track

To earn an M.A. in Theatre Education, students must successfully complete seven courses in the Drama Department and two courses in the Department of Education. See list of courses below.

The M.A. Program in Theatre Education is structured to allow teachers and artists to complete the degree in three to five semesters and two summer sessions at CUA, followed by one semester of supervised work (DR 951). M.A.T.E. students who work or teach full-time can choose to take one course each semester during the academic year. Each course will meet for one night a week.
Critical Studies Courses – Required

The following 7 DRAMA Courses are required:
DR 507 Drama in Education, Part I
DR 526 Teaching Theatre
DR 542 Design Applications
DR 545 Production Design and Management
DR 603 Western Theatre and Culture I
DR 651 Elements of Directing I
DR 951 Supervised Theatre Education Project
Drama Electives

Please note: All optional courses are chosen with discussion and recommendation of the student’s MATE advisor (who will discuss the options with the other MATE faculty when they meet prior or during the registration period).

Students may choose 2 of the following DRAMA courses:
DR 509 Drama in Education, Part II
DR 524 Acting/Directing Workshop
DR 540 Scene Design
DR 541 Scene Painting
DR 565 Playwriting I
DR 594 Independent Study
DR 601 Introduction to Theatre Research
DR 604 Dramatic Structures I 
DR 606 Theatre Theory
DR 610 20th Century Theatres
DR 762 Adaptation
DR 931 Field Studies in Theatre Education
DR 984  Seminar: Shakespeare in Theatre
or another 500+ level DR course chosen after discussion/recommendation of advisor and faculty.
Students may choose 2 of the following EDUCATION courses:
EDUC 522 Race, Class, Gender, Disability - Education
EDUC 525 Psychology of Learning - Diverse Populations
EDUC 531 Literacy and Language Instruction for Diverse Readers
EDUC 554 Instructional Design
EDUC 555 Classroom Management for Regular & Special Needs Children
EDUC 570 Curriculum & Instruction in Elementary School
EDUC 576 Children’s Literature in the Classroom
EDUC 581 Education Diverse Learners
EDUC 582 Reading in the Content Areas
EDUC 584 Curriculum & Strategies in Early Child Ed
EDUC 586 Curriculum & Method in Adolescent Education

EDUC 637 Curriculum and Program Evaluation
EDUC 702 Advanced foundations of Education


I am quite certain that the contacts and relationships I have developed through CUA's MATE program helped me land my current job. I am honored to be teaching Elementary Musical Theatre at a nationally recognized school and am well aware that the positive relationships I built at CUA helped me get here.