12 months
1441 USD/credit 43230 USD/year
1441 USD/credit 43230 USD/year
1078 USD/credit 32340 USD/year
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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. 


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.

Future Career

Graduates of the Theater Instruction MA program are prepared to incorporate drama and theater performance in K through grade 12 classrooms. This graduate program also prepares professional educators seeking the Pennsylvania Department of Education Theatre Endorsement. Students form the foundation to pursue careers in drama or theater, and current drama educators can advance their careers.

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
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 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, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Official Transcripts
  • Goals Statement
  • Recommendations
  • Résumé
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    43230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1441 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    32340 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1078 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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