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Theatre Education MA – Theatre Educator Intensive – Courses & Requirements

Designed for Working Teachers

This focused program consists of:

  • Three 3-credit online courses spread out over two academic years (graduate transfer credits may also apply);
  • Two 3-week summer institutes (one 9-credit institute each summer) for 18 credits;
  • One 3-credit 500 level or above approved UNC or transferable theatre course; and
  • Six credits of thesis advisement (a written thesis is required of all School of Theatre Arts Master of Arts degree candidates)

Course of Study (36 Credit Hours)

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.

Core Courses (33 Hours)

THED 530 Theatrical Production: Costuming, Make-Up, Props (3) 

THED 531 Technical Production: Lighting, Sound, Set Design (3)

THED 540 Directing/Acting: Realism and Musical Theatre (3)

THED 541 Directing/Acting: Non-Realism/Period Styles (3)

THED 560 Innovative Strategies in Drama Education (3)

THED 561 Voice and Movement (3)

THED 600 Online: Dramaturgy /Research Methodology (3)

THED 670 Online: Advocacy, History and Philosophy of Theatre Educ (3)

THED 680 Online: Theatre Education Curriculum Development (3)

THED 690 Thesis I (3) 

THED 699 Thesis II (3)

Theatre Electives (3 Hours)

Approved 500 or 600 level Theatre course (3)


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 years + Thesis
$520/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Mary Schuttler


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What Students Say

“A major reason I’m teaching now is because of the energy, expertise and letters of support from my professors and fellow cohort members. Without them, I’d have been ill equipped, and now I’m back doing what is truly in my nature to do.  

– Dennis Trowbridge, Theatre and Speech Teacher

“I use what I learned in UNC’s TEI program almost every day. The knowledge I gained has given me many tools and ideas to use in my classroom.”

– Jim Kaiser, Theatre Arts Teacher