Education and Credentialing

A Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) is a Master’s level credential requiring coursework in psychology and drama therapy, experience in theater and supervised internship and work experience. RDTs are board certified in the practice of drama therapy and follow the NADTA Code of Ethics. The RDT is granted by the North American Drama Therapy Association and indicates that one has met the educational requirements and achieved competency in the practice of drama therapy. Click here for more information about the requirements to become an RDT.

Who is qualified to teach Drama Therapy?

An instructor or presenter must be a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) in order to teach drama therapy techniques and courses.

Information for Prospective Students

There are two options for meeting the education requirements to become an RDT.

  1. Attend an NADTA accredited Master's Degree program in drama therapy. Click here for a list of accredited schools.
  2. Enroll in the NADTA Alternative Training Program under the mentorship of a BCT (Board Certified Trainer). Click here for information about Alternative Training (AT).

It also is recommended that you consider licensing requirements when making decisions about where to go to school and which degree to obtain. Click here for more information about licensure.