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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Theatre and Dance

Master of Arts in Teaching Theatre

Master of Arts in Teaching Theatre | About

Program Description
The Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares students seeking initial certification in theatre for careers in public education. The interdisciplinary masters program consists of 45 credit hours divided between the Department of Theatre and Dance and the College of Education. The range of courses available to students includes: teaching acting and directing, set/costume/lighting design for teachers, dramatic literature for youth, creative drama, applied theatre, schools in the modern society, child/adolescent development, literacy, technology in the classroom, and methods in teaching theatre.

Students participate in two extensive internships in public schools in addition to other teaching opportunities in combination with the coursework. The Department of Theatre and Dance has many excellent relationships with public schools in and around the greater Columbia area and encourages its graduate students to be as involved with area schools as possible. Students will shadow teachers, conduct action research, develop unit and lesson plans, and teach students directly. MAT candidates have opportunities to assistant direct at USC and to direct in public schools in the greater Columbia area. Opportunities also exist to offer theatre workshops at USC during weekends and summers with students K-12.



Admission Requirements
Applicants for the M.A.T. degree should hold a baccalaureate degree that includes a minimum of 24 semester hours in theatre*, with grades indicating graduate ability. Applicants for the M.A.T. should submit a completed undergraduate transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Examination. While there is no absolute minimum score required on the MAT or GRE, students with less than a 400 (MAT) or 1000 (GRE verbal and quantitative) usually find it difficult to complete the program and may need to justify their scores during the application process.

*Applicants who do not have 24 credit hours in theatre can be admitted on a provisional basis provided the applicant acquires additional theatre credits prior to full-time admittance into the program.

For more information about the application and the application process, please visit the MAT application checklist, and the graduate school’s application webpage.