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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24

Theater Education - ME

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Master of Education in Theater Education

Theater Education – ME8185

Department of Teacher Education
Patton Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Summer only

Terms of Entry Requiring Program Permission: None

Program Overview

Theater Education program prepares theater teachers for grades preK-12 with licensure. The Theater Education program offers a research-based dynamic curriculum focusing on the development of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Program faculty members bring expertise in their disciplines as well as experience working in K-12 schools. Faculty members are committed to student success and collaborate with colleagues in the School of Theater and other stakeholders to ensure program rigor and responsiveness to state, local, and national initiatives. Students enjoy the opportunity to become members in student chapters of disciplinary professional organizations.

A key feature of the Theater Education program is its yearlong clinical culminating in a professional internship and a Master’s research project. The Theater Education Master’s program can be completed in 3 academic terms if students (a) begin their program of study during the summer academic term, (b) follow a prescribed sequence of courses, and (c) submit official documentation demonstrating they have successfully passed the required content exam of the Ohio Assessment for Educators. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The Theater Education program is designed to prepare beginning teachers, who will be able to:

  • demonstrate the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) they teach
  • use their understanding of how children and youth learn to engage them with the subject matter
  • enact equitable and inclusive teaching and assessment practices that are responsive to diverse learners, communities, and a global society
  • work within and across a range of community and professional contexts
  • critically reflect on and learn from their practice
  • exercise a strong sense of agency and the capacity to become leaders in their field

Opportunities for Graduates

Theater Education Master’s program students are eligible to apply for a teaching license in the State of Ohio once they successfully complete the courses listed on their program of study, the required Ohio Assessment for Educators licensure examinations, and the Professional Internship in Teaching. The Theater Education program graduates enjoy careers teaching drama and theater in schools in Ohio and around the nation. Many additionally serve as curriculum specialists for their discipline.

Further Information

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Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements are:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in an accredited program in a program related to the area of licensure
  2. GPA 3.0 or higher
  3. A passing score on the Theater (OAE 048) Ohio Assessment for Educators

The application requires a resume or CV, three letters of recommendation, a personal goal statement that addresses why the applicant wants to be a drama or theater teacher, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate when applicable), and an academic or professional writing sample. Transfer credit may be considered.

International Students

This program is for the purpose of Ohio teaching licensure and is open only to students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. An I-20 may not be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 46 credit hours as follows:

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the edTPA with a passing score as part of EDPL 5650. 

Culminating Experience

The capstone experience consists of a teaching portfolio, an action research study, or a master’s thesis. Students must consult with their faculty advisor to determine the capstone experience that is most appropriate for their goals.

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