College of Visual and Performing Arts
George Mason University
George Mason University Mason
George Mason University

Teaching Theater PK-12, Graduate Certificate

  • Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
  • de Laski Performing Arts Bldg, A407
    4400 University Drive, MS 3E6
    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • 703-993-1122

Program Overview

The Teaching Theater PK–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.


Mason's School of Theater offers every style of theater imaginable, including period pieces, contemporary plays and musicals, all produced in state-of-the-art venues. Beyond the classroom, students have access to Washington, D.C., home to a busy film and video hub and the nation’s 2nd largest theater scene. Graduates of our program have gone on to work at middle and high schools throughout the Northern Virginia area, and are truly making their marks on theater arts education!  Our students have created a strong support network both at Mason and beyond, and serve as a resource for one another as they embark upon their careers as theater educators.

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