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Columbus State University

Master of Education
Theatre Education

College of the Arts

Department of Theatre

Program Description

This degree is designed to provide teachers of theatre with in-depth training in the art of theatre. The program is designed as a three summer program. The program is accredited by NCATE.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the MEd in Theatre, the candidate may teach or continue to teach at K-12 schools or continue their education with a PhD or MFA in Theatre.  Candidates may also work toward theatre certification while working on their MEd.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Department of Theatre is by AUDITION ONLY. There are a limited number of spaces in the Freshman class each year.

All applicants are AUTOMATICALLY considered for scholarships at the time of the audition.

  • An accompanist will NOT be provided during Auditions. If singing, please bring a CD of your music, or you may choose to sing acapella.

Prospective students must complete the following:

    • Audition Application (DOCX)  
    • Headshot (professional grade not necessary) and a Theatre Resumé
    • A copy of your most recent transcript, including a cumulative GPA
    • Interview including presentation of portfolio materials demonstrating previous theatre involvement (may include design/tech, dramaturgy, playwriting, or other supporting materials)
  • Presentation of Audition/Interview - Two contrasting monologues, or one monologue and 16 bars of music, not to exceed 90 seconds total
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (PDF) from teacher/advisor that speak to applicant's academic and artistic abilities
  • If any part of your Audition Packet, (Audition Application, Headshot, Theatre Resume', recent Transcript, and two Recommendation Letters), is missing, it very well could delay a decision on whether or not you are accepted into the department.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Use the techniques of the theatre artist to improve the learning process across the curriculum and in the differentiated classroom.
  • Demonstrate effective pedagogical strategy and practical teaching effectiveness through development of curriculum and instruction as the vehicle for addressing student needs.
  • Apply appropriate research methods in constructing thesis paper, and for creating a more complex understanding of how the dramatic arts can impact the curriculum in P-12 schools and the community as a whole.
  • Demonstrate and assess practical skills for the creation and production of plays in P-12 schools. 
  • Analyze previous research, attitudes, and performance theories in theatre arts from a critical perspective.

Additional Program Requirements

The program is an on-site three summer program, but there are possibilities to take some education courses online.