The Catholic University of America

B.A. in Drama / M.A. in Theatre Education Accelerated Degree

Complete a B.A. in Drama & M.A. in Theatre Education (MATE) within a minimum of five years with this new accelerated degree program.

  • Major in Drama and prepare yourself with the credentials for a career.
  • Complete a Master's Degree within 18 months of your Bachelor's degree.
  • Earn teacher certification in both Drama and English. 

This degree program integrates the undergraduate courses of studies in Drama and the graduate courses for the M.A. in Theatre Education. Undergraduate requirements also include recommended English courses to qualify students for the graduate course work that will contribute to secondary English education certification as well as a minor in English. Juniors and seniors take four 500-level courses as credits toward both their bachelor’s and their master’s degrees.

The end goal of the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree option is that, in addition to earning two degrees in a condensed amount of time, students will be certified to teach both English and Drama at the secondary level. Students will study the artistic, academic, and practical aspects of drama and theatre and be prepared for career possibilities related to the educational uses of drama. The ability to teach students in schools, community programs, summer camps, community colleges, and universities effectively will empower students and open new job possibilities for them.

This accelerated degree program is geared to students who have strong academic credentials and are oriented towards careers as secondary school teachers of English and Drama. Application to this program will be filed at the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year and a cumulative CUA grade point average of at least 3.5 will be required at the time of application. Students must apply for and be accepted into the MATE program by the end of the fall semester of their junior year.


Timeline Overview

The First Four Years
Earn your B.A. in Drama
Earn a minor in English
Take four courses that count towards both your B.A. and M.A.

The Second Academic Year plus Summers
Earn your M.A. in Theatre Education

The Following Fall
Complete your Student Teaching
Earn Teacher Certification in Secondary Drama and Education

Download the Recommended Course of Study


BA/MATE Curricula

The BA/MATE combination and a minor in English requires successful completion of 141 credit hours + 12 hours of student teaching credits. Four 500-level courses (12 credits) count toward both degrees.

Credit Summary

36 undergraduate courses
 4 shared courses
 7 graduate courses
47 courses (141 credits)


3 student teaching 4-credit courses (12 credits)

153 total credits


Teacher Certification

To be certified to teach Drama in most states, students must hold a bachelor's degree, complete an approved teacher-certification program, and pass the required certification exams.

Most states require the Praxis Theatre exam, a two-hour multiple-choice test focusing on multiple aspects of theater knowledge and the teaching of drama. To pass the test, students must have knowledge of popular theatrical works and an overview of different genres. They must also demonstrate a knowledge of the more technical aspects of theatrical productions, directing skills and techniques for showing emotion and being expressive on stage, as well as how to train students to use those techniques.

For a theatre teacher it is nearly essential to be certified in another subject area. Since most secondary school drama programs are run out of English departments, a secondary teaching area—English as well as Drama—makes students more marketable and gives them more options for full-time teaching jobs. The students’ English minor will further enhance their teaching credentials.

A master's degree in educational theatre also qualifies graduates to teach at community colleges.

Tuition Information

(During two semesters and three summer sessions, the program is designed so that students pay only part-time tuition.) 

Semester or Term
Full-time Tuition
Part-time Tuition
First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Summer Session
Fourth Year
Summer Session
Grad Year Fall
Grad Year Spring
Summer Session
Student Teaching


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