Teaching Theater Arts
PK-12 Graduate Certificate


George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student’s responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure (PDF file) by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law a social security number is required for licensure.

The Teaching Theatre Arts Pre-K – 12 Graduate Certificate is a pre-service program that prepares students who hold an undergraduate degree in Theatre (BFA, BA or equivalent) for Theatre Arts licensure by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In conjunction with the College of Education and Human Development, the Certificate curriculum consists of graduate-level Theater and Education courses, field experience observation and pre-service teaching internship.

To apply to the program, candidates must meet the following perquisites:

Completed a major in theatre OR 33 semester hours distributed among the following areas:

a. Directing: 6 semester hours;
b. Technical theatre: 9 semester hours;
c. Cultural context and theatre history: 3 semester hours;
d. Performance: 6 semester hours;
e. Dramatic literature: 9 semester hours.


Students who have completed ALL endorsements, including the Praxis Core, are eligible for enrollment into the Graduate Certificate Program for Teaching Theatre PK-12 upon successful completion of prescribed entry assessments.
VDOE Required Entry Assessments to State-Approved Initial Teacher Licensure Programs at Mason: http://cehd.gmu.edu/teacher/test/praxis.

This certificate can be earned on a full time or part time basis. All Virginia requirements must be met to achieve licensure.


Teaching Theater Arts PK-12 Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements:

• Complete Endorsement Evaluation
Graduate Application
• Non-Refundable Application Fee
• One-to-two page Goals Statement
• Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (two copies of each transcript)
• Two Letters of Recommendation
• Current Résumé
• Official Test Scores for the Praxis Core sent directly from testing agency


Deadline for Fall Admission: March 1

Deadline for Spring Admission: November 1


CVPA Graduate Admissions is a self-managed system that is administered by the University’s Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants are responsible for submitting their application materials in a timely manner. Those who file their applications within the deadline will have the advantage for consideration of tuition assistance programs. Please visit the CVPA Graduate Admissions Website for more information.

Please visit the George Mason University Admissions website to apply.

We encourage interested applicants to open their applications online, provide correct and current information, and check the status of the application on a continual basis. Applicants are assigned a “G#” once an application is opened; this is a Mason identification number that will be key to all University communications. Once accepted, applicants who file an “Intent to Enroll” must submit a $200 deposit which is applied to the first semester tuition.

Licensure Program Requirements:

THR 548 - Advanced Foundations of Theater Education - Credits: 3 or EDUC 521 - Foundations of Education, PK-12 - Credits: 3
EDRD 501 - Literacy and Curriculum Integration, PK-12 - Credits: 3
EDUC 539 - Human Development and Learning PK-12 - Credits: 3
THR 549 - Advanced Elementary Theater Ed - Credits: 3
THR 550 - Advanced Secondary Education - Credits: 3
6 credits of THR 555 - Practical Teaching Experience - Credits: 6-12


Prior to applying for a teaching Internship, Praxis Core and VCLA passing scores must be officially recorded in Banner.

All students must meet the First Aid/CPR/AED requirement as a prerequisite for final internships/student teaching courses.



FAQ_for_Teaching_Theatre_Arts_PK-12 (PDF File) (Updated Feb. 2014)
THR_Ed_Graduate_Certificate_Internship_Application (PDF File) (Updated Feb. 2014)
THR_Ed_On_The_Job_Internship_Application (PDF File) (Updated Feb. 2014)

Entry Assessments to State-Approved Initial Teacher Licensure Programs at Mason.


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