Education and Credentialing

The NADTA sets the educational requirements to become a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT). The Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) is a Master’s level credential requiring coursework in psychology and drama therapy, experience in theater and supervised internship, work experience, and adherence to NADTA's Code of Ethics. 

For Prospective/Current 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.


For Registered Drama Therapists (RDTs)

Become a RDT
Maintain your RDT
Reinstate your RDT


For Board Certified Trainers (BCTs)

Become a BCT
Working with AT Trainees
Maintain your BCT


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