Theatre Education Master of Arts
(Theatre Educator Intensive)
Online + Summer Greeley Workshops
An Online Theatre Education Master's
with Applied Summer Workshops
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The Theatre Education Master of Arts (a Theatre Educator Intensive program) is an academically rigorous program examining 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.
This master's program features online delivery in the academic Fall and Spring plus summer workshops, to fit into the schedules of current and aspiring theatre educators. The summer workshops will involve viewing and working on theatre productions and attending classes.
The Theatre Education Master of Arts program begins in the Fall of each academic year. A maximum of twelve students will be admitted each year. Applicants must apply by April 1; selections will be made by the end of April.
We also encourage you to visit the School of Theatre and Dance–Theatre Education MA web page for more information, including program faculty and housing options for the summer workshops.
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Theatre Education MA—Academic Program Coordinator
UNC Theatre Education MA
501 20th St, CB 49
Greeley, CO 80639
Course of Study
Degree Requirements—36 Credits
This focused program consists of
- Three 3-credit online courses spread out over two academic years (graduate transfer credits may also apply);
- Two 3-week summer institutes (one 9-credit institute each summer) for 18 credits;
- One 3-credit 500 level or above approved UNC or transferable theatre course; and
- Six credits of thesis advisement (a written thesis is required of all School of Theatre Arts Master of Arts degree candidates)
Total of thirty-six (36) credits over two academic years and two summer sessions. While on campus in the summer (last 3 weeks of July), students will attend classes—and view or work on productions—Monday through Saturday. For an example schedule of courses by year, visit the School of Theatre and Dance–Theatre Education MA curriculum page.
Required Courses—33 credits
THED 530 Theatrical Production: Costuming, Make-Up, Props (3)
THED 531 Technical Production: Lighting, Sound, Set Design (3)
THED 540 Directing/Acting: Realism and Musical Theatre (3)
THED 541 Directing/Acting: Non-Realism/Period Styles (3)
THED 560 Innovative Strategies in Drama Education (3)
THED 561 Voice and Movement (3)
THED 600 Online: Dramaturgy /Research Methodology (3)
THED 670 Online: Advocacy, History and Philosophy of Theatre Educ (3)
THED 680 Online: Theatre Education Curriculum Development (3)
THED 690 Thesis I (3)
THED 699 Thesis II (3)
Theatre Electives—3 Credits
Approved 500 or 600 Level Theatre Course (3)
Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 semester hours of coursework) and a strong desire to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education. A teaching certificate/license is recommended but not required. If a candidate does not have a teaching certificate and would like to work toward certification as well, please visit the following website: http://www.unco.edu/cebs/teachered/sptep.html. The GRE is not required.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Applicable graduate credit may be applied towards this academic program. In order for credits to be accepted toward a degree they must be graduate level credits, be approved by the Academic Advisor, and have a grade of A or B. Once approved by the advisor, students must complete a Petition to Count Work in a Degree Program to have the credit approved by the Grad School. Master’s and specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a master's degree program must be completed within five years. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Health Insurance
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $461 per credit hour.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Master’s degree students require a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
Student Health Insurance
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Studies Center or Online.
Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.
Please visit www.unco.edu/ship for more information about the insurance plan.
The program begins in the Fall of each Academic Year. 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, experiences and interests. Applicants must meet the University of Northern Colorado’s graduate admission requirements and apply by April 1.
Selection for the program will be made by the end of April.
Admission to this program is a two-part process:
- Apply to the UNC Graduate School. Apply Now.
- Concurrently submit the following items to the Theatre Education MA Academic Program Coordinator (see coordinator contact info above) by email or traditional mail:
- An essay stating your goals for the program and a discussion of why graduate school is an appropriate choice in your career at this time
- A resume
- Three letters of recommendation
Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.