Master of Arts in Theatre Education

It's finally here: a Master's program in Theatre Education that takes only 2 years to complete! This focused program consists of two three-week summer institutes and five academic semesters. It includes a combination of on line classes, hands on work and theatrical experiences ranging from courses in directing to curriculum development. UNC's Theatre Educator Intensive is an ideal way to earn your Master's degree in Theatre Education.

  • Program Description
     

    Degree Requirements - 36 Credits

    This focused program consists of two three-week summer institutes for eighteen (18) credits - 9 each year - one three (3) credit 500 level or above approved UNC or transferable theatre course; three (3) three-credit on-line courses spread out over two academic years (graduate transfer credits may also apply), and six (6) credits of thesis advisement for a total of thirty-six (36) credits spread out over the course of two academic years and two summer sessions.

    Required Courses - 33 credits

    THED 530 Theatrical Production I (3)
    THED 531 Theatrical Production II (3)
    THED 540 Directing/Acting: Realism and Non-Realism/Period Styles (3)
    THED 541 Directing/Acting: Musical Theatre (3)
    THED 560 Innovative Strategies in Drama Education (3)
    THED 561 Voice and Movement (3)
    THED 600 On-Line: Dramaturgy /Research Methodology (3)
    THED 670 On-Line: Advocacy, History and Philosophy of Theatre Education (3)
    THED 680 On-Line: Theatre Education Curriculum Development (3)
    THED 690 Thesis I (3) OR THEA 696 Action Research I (3)
    THED 699 Thesis II (3) OR THEA 697 Action Research II (3)

    Theatre Electives - 3 Credits

    Approved 500 or 600 Level Theatre Course (3)

    The Coordinator of the M.A. in Theatre Education: Theatre Educator Intensive program will assign each student an academic advisor and a graduate committee. The academic advisor will serve as the chair of the graduate committee.

    It is recommended that students have a graduate committee review each semester. The student will submit a written report of the graduate review to the academic advisor and the Coordinator of the M.A. in Theatre Education: Theatre Educator Institute program. The student assumes responsibility for scheduling graduate reviews. Two unsuccessful graduate reviews will be considered grounds for termination of the program. In conjunction with THED 690/696 and 699/697, the student will prepare and submit a written thesis/action research proposal. Prior to beginning work on the thesis/action research, the proposal must be approved by all members of the student's graduate committee. A written research thesis/action research project is required of all Master of Arts degree candidates in the School of Theatre Arts and Dance.

    Note(s): Upon completion of the program, the student will be required to demonstrate competence in the designated area of concentration in accordance with approved school standards. The student's committee must approve the candidate for graduation.

  • General Information
     

    Theatre Education Program Description

    The MA in Theatre Education is an academically rigorous intensive program that examines the philosophical, theoretical and practical implications in the field of theatre education. In this program, students will reflect on the bigger challenges that constantly face theatre educators in the classroom, and more broadly, in the country. Students should expect to reflect, assess, and re-evaluate their own practice and theoretical understandings of the field. They should delegate 12-20 hours a week to coursework, and will be responsible for producing high level academic work with attention to detail and critical thought.

    Schedule

    This focused program consists of three 3 credit on-line courses spread out over two and a half academic years, two three-week summer institutes for 18 credits (9 each year), one 3 credit 500 level or above transferable theatre course, and 6 credits of thesis/action research advisement for a total of 36 credits.

    The program begins in the fall of each academic year. While on campus in the summer, students will attend classes, and view or work on productions, Monday through Saturday for a total of 45 hours per week. The summer classes will be held during the first three weeks in July.

    Applicants

    Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and a strong desire to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education. Applicants should have two years experience teaching as either a full time teacher in a school or as a teaching artist, and be familiar with creating curriculum and daily lesson plans. A teaching certificate is recommended yet not required. If a candidate does not have a teaching certificate and would like to work toward certification as well, you can learn more here: Secondary Postbaccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program.

    A minimum of nine and a maximum of twelve students will be admitted each year. The goal is that each class will reflect a mix of diverse backgrounds, experience and interests. Applicants must meet the University of Northern Colorado’s graduate admission requirements and apply by April 1. The applicant must also submit an essay discussing his/her goals for the program, why graduate school is an appropriate choice at this time, how accommodations will be made in his/her professional and personal life to make time for graduate school, and any successes or challenges with writing; a resume; and three letters of recommendation. Selection for the program will be made by the end of April. The GRE is not required.

    Cost

    The cost of the program is calculated each year based on increases in operation costs. View current tuition rates. Arrangements can be made for a monthly payment plan, but there is a service/interest charge. Students may also pay by credit card and/or make their monthly payments to the credit card. Financial aid is also available through the UNC Financial Aid Office. More information is also available on the Graduate School website.

    Housing

    On campus housing is available at UNC in Hansen-Willis Hall just two blocks from Frasier Hall. Hansen-Willis is an air-conditioned residence hall, in which each unit consists of two bedrooms, bathroom and living areas. Each unit houses up to four persons per apartment. Requests for one person per bedroom will be honored on a space available basis. All reservations must be paid for on or before arrival. The MA Theatre Education program advisor will contact you regarding housing opportunities during your first year in the program. A word about residence halls: UNC residence halls are good student housing, not hotels. There is no maid service, there are shared facilities, BUT it is very convenient. If you have misgivings about residence halls, please consider the hotel option.

    Looking for Housing Off Campus?

    Please visit the Greeley Convention and Visitors Bureau web site for more information on hotel options (Accommodations). We do not provide transportation to and from hotels. For those who have the perfect house on wheels and travel to Greeley in a motor home, there are campgrounds close to the University as well. Beginning June 26, the City of Greeley is very busy as we host the annual Greeley Stampede - the "World's Largest 4th of July Rodeo and Western Celebration!" If you are interested in getting a hotel room, please do so right away.

    Location

    On campus classes will be located at Frasier Hall and Crabbe Hall on the University of Northern Colorado Campus. View the UNC Campus Map

    Productions

    As part of the on campus program, students will attend theatre productions on campus at the Little Theatre of the Rockies, and selected theatre productions in Denver and/or Boulder.

    Prepare

    Prior to the on campus summer sessions, students will be sent a list of textbooks, plays, and resources. They may also be given assignments that will need to be completed in advance of their arrival on campus. Before beginning the program, students should consider a play for their thesis project.

    Prospective Student Info

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  • Curriculum
    YEAR 1    
    THED 600 Dramaturgy/Research Methodology
    Fall On-Line
    3 credits
    THED 670 Advocacy, History and Philosophy of Theatre Education
    Spring On-Line
    3 credits
    THED 530 Theatrical Production I
    Summer
    3 credits
    THED 540 Directing/Acting: Realism & Non-Realism/Period Styles
    Summer
    3 credits
    THED 560 Innovative Strategies in Drama Education
    Summer
    3 credits
    YEAR 2    
    THED 680  Theatre Education Curriculum Development
    Fall On-Line
    3 credits
    THED 690 or 696 Thesis I or Action Research I
    Spring On-Line
    3 credits
    THED 531 Theatrical Production II
    Summer
    3 credits
    THED 541 Directing/Acting: Musical Theatre
    Summer
    3 credits
    THED 561 Voice and Movement
    Summer
    3 credits
    After 2nd Summer   3 credits
    THED 699 or 696 Thesis II or Action Research II
    Fall On-Line
    3 credits
    When Convenient Approved 500 or 600 Level Theatre Course 3 credits
  • Course Descriptions
  • Application
     

    Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree; a teaching certificate is recommended, yet is not required. Graduate school admission is required. No GRE is required.

    NOTE: There are a limited number of states from which UNC cannot accept students for online coursework. For the current list of ineligible states please visit http://extended.unco.edu/programs/education-arts/theatre-education-masters/eligibility.asp.

    To obtain an application to the graduate school, access the UNC Graduate School website and follow the procedures outlined.

    Please submit to the Graduate School by April 1:

    • Application
    • Transcript(s)
    • Essay discussing: goals for the program, why graduate school is an appropriate choice at this time, how accommodations will be made in one’s professional and personal life to make time for graduate school, and any successes or challenges with writing
    • Theatre Resume, and 3 letters of recommendation
       

    Once admitted to the program, students should refer to http://extended.unco.edu/current/graduate/education-arts/Theatre_Ed_MA.asp, where they will get current student information such as their course schedule, course registration number, link to the syllabus and other important details.

Faculty & Staff

Shelly Gaza, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Shelly Gaza

Voice & Speech, Acting

Brian Hapcic, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Brian Hapcic

Lighting Design

John Leonard, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

John Leonard

Musical Theatre

Gillian McNally, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Gillian McNally

Associate Professor

Tom McNally, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Tom McNally

Acting

Andrea Moon, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Andrea Moon

Dramatic Literature, Movement

Mary Schuttler, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Mary Schuttler

Theatre Arts

Anne Toewe, Theatre Arts & Dance Faculty

Anne M. Toewe

Head of Design and Technology; Costume Designer