Complete a B.A. in Drama & M.A. in Theatre Education (MATE) within a minimum of five years with this new accelerated degree program.

  • Major in Drama and prepare yourself with the credentials for a career.
  • Complete a Master's Degree within 18 months of your Bachelor's degree.
  • Earn teacher certification in both Drama and English.

This degree program integrates the undergraduate courses of studies in Drama and the graduate courses for the M.A. in Theatre Education. Undergraduate requirements also include recommended English courses to qualify students for the graduate course work that will contribute to secondary English education certification as well as a minor in English. Juniors and seniors take four 500-level courses as credits toward both their bachelor’s and their master’s degrees.

The end goal of the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree option is that, in addition to earning two degrees in a condensed amount of time, students will be certified to teach both English and Drama at the secondary level. Students will study the artistic, academic, and practical aspects of drama and theatre and be prepared for career possibilities related to the educational uses of drama. The ability to teach students in schools, community programs, summer camps, community colleges, and universities effectively will empower students and open new job possibilities for them.

This accelerated degree program is geared to students who have strong academic credentials and are oriented towards careers as secondary school teachers of English and Drama. Application to this program will be filed at the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year and a cumulative CUA grade point average of at least 3.5 will be required at the time of application. Students must apply for and be accepted into the MATE program by the end of the fall semester of their junior year.

Timeline Overview

The First Four Years

  • Earn your B.A. in Drama
  • Earn a minor in English
  • Take four courses that count towards both your B.A. and M.A.

The Second Academic Year plus Summers

  • Earn your M.A. in Theatre Education

The Following Fall

  • Complete your Student Teaching
  • Earn Teacher Certification in Secondary Drama and Education