Theater Instruction

Temple University

24 months
1406 USD/credit
1406 USD/credit
1051 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Learn to incorporate elements of drama and theater into K through grade 12 classrooms with the Master of Arts in Theater Instruction in the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts at Temple University. 


Program Overview

Designed for professional educators with certification in any subject and drama teachers, the Theater Instruction graduate degree program at Temple University provides students with the expertise necessary to increase engagement in the classroom through the performance arts.

The Theater Instruction MA is ideal for:
  • current drama teachers who hold the Pennsylvania Department of Education Theatre Endorsement;
  • drama teachers who wish to pursue endorsement;
  • educators in any subject; and
  • teachers seeking to advance in their school or district.
Through the curriculum, you’ll form a deep understanding of the theater production process and pedagogical methods for teaching drama to K through grade 12 students, including instructional strategies and student-centered practices. You’ll also focus on all facets of drama and theater, such as:
  • acting,
  • design and technology,
  • directing,
  • history,
  • musical theater, and
  • production and management.

The curriculum is offered in a hybrid format to accommodate students’ professional schedules. Some in-person meetings are held on Temple’s Main Campus, while most courses are held online. Intensive, on-campus semesters are also offered across two summer sessions.

The Theater Instruction MA program is part of a nationally accredited theater department. It is led by distinguished faculty members, many of whom have decades of professional experience in all areas of theater, including acting, direction and production design, in cities such as Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia. Faculty members also have experience teaching drama and theater techniques to students of all ages and experience levels.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • American Music Theater,
  • Directing for the Musical Stage,
  • Dramaturgy and
  • The Business of Theater.
  • Rehearsal and Performance.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadlines for admission are determined by candidate interview schedules. Applications are processed on a semi-rolling basis throughout the spring.




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1406 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1406 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1406 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1406 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    1051 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1051 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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