The Teaching Theater PK–12 Graduate Certificate is a pre-service program that prepares students 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.

This certificate can be earned on a full-time or part-time basis.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

For more information about this program please visit Graduate Admissions FAQ or the School of Theater website 


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified on the Graduate Admissions policy page. Specific graduate admissions requirements can be found on the College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduate Admissions requirements page.


Students must earn a B- or higher in all coursework. For policies governing all graduate programs see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: AR-CERG-THRP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 21

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.


THR 548Advanced Foundations of Theater Education3
EDRD 501Literacy in Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education3
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
THR 549Advanced Elementary Theater Education 3
THR 550Advanced Secondary Theater Education3
Six credits of6
Theater Education Internship 1
CVPA 600CVPA Graduate ProSeminar 20
Total Credits21

Prior to internship, must pass: VCLA, technology & child abuse standards.


Must be taken within the student's first two semesters.