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