Theatre Education (MEd)

Program of Study

Area 1 Content Concentration
THEA 5283GAdvanced Directing3
THEA 6106Introduction to Graduate Research2
THEA 6108Trends and Strategies in Theatre Education3
THEA 6107Graduate History & Literature of the Theatre3
or THEA 6178 Theatre History/Literature 4: Contemporary Topics in Theatre History
Area 1 Total11
Area 2 Education Core
Select three of the following:9
Educational Psychology: Achievement for Diverse Learners
Educational Research Methods
Integrating Multicultural/Global Studies Throughout the Curriculum
Trends in Adolescent Literature
Psychology of the Early Adolescent Learner
Introduction to Instructional Technology
One advisor approved graduate education course may apply in this area
Area 2 Total9
Area 3 Electives
Select 8 credit from the following courses (if choosing thesis option in Area 4) or select 12 credit hours from the following courses (if choosing non-thesis option in Area 4):8-12
Topics in Design
Advanced Acting
Graduate History & Literature of the Theatre
Theatre History/Literature 4: Contemporary Topics in Theatre History
Musical Theatre History
Advanced Children's Theatre
Advanced Creative Dramatics
Summer Theatre Production
Summer Theatre Performance
Selected Topics in Theatre Arts
Graduate Indepedent Study
Area 3 Total8-12
Area 4 Thesis or Non-Thesis
Select one of the following options:0-4
Thesis Option:
Thesis (taken two times at 2 credits each)
Non-Thesis Option:
Exit Exam
Area 4 Total0-4
Total Credit Hours32

Admission Requirements

Apply and get accepted into CSU as a Graduate student. Use the online application found on the CSU website under Graduate Program.  General Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. (If your undergraduate degree is not in theatre, you may have to take additional courses to supplement your theatre study.)
  • Application plus $40 application fee
  • Certificate of Immunization (PDF online)
  • Official transcript from each college and university attended
  • Test scores from the GRE, GMAT, MAT or other standardize test as required by the individual degree program. (The GRE is not required  for the MEd in Theatre if your undergraduate degree GPA is a 2.75 or above)
  • Verification and proof of Lawful presence

Send the following to the Theatre Department:

  • Cover letter/letter of intent
  • Statement of Philosophy of Teaching of Theatre
  • Resume or vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Copies of transcripts

Send to: 

Brenda May Ito
CSU Department of Theatre
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907

Or email to:

Additional Program Requirements

This Degree is subject to the following requirements:

  • The program is an on-site three summer program, but it is possible to take some education courses online.
  • Students must earn a 3.0 GPA calculated on all graduate work attempted. "Academic Forgiveness" policy does not apply to graduate studies.
  • Students cannot graduate with a grade of "C" or below in more than two (2) graduate courses (may be appealed to the College of Education Graduate Council).
  • A minimum of 27 hours of the hours required for the degree must be earned in residence (75%). Asynchronous (online) and distance learning courses administered through Columbus State University constitute courses taken in residence.
  • A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of transfer credit or courses taken at CSU prior to full admission to a master degree program may be applied toward the degree. Courses with earned grades of "C" or below cannot be transferred. The student's advisor and the coordinator of the program in which the student is enrolled must approve any courses transferred.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within seven (7) years of first enrollment.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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.