Dance Education, M.A.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, the School of Dance requires additional materials. Prospective students should contact the School of Dance before submitting an application. Additional materials include academic transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, including at least one academic reference. No GRE is required for program entry.

Program entry is in the summer and students are admitted in alternate (even) years. Study begins with required summer course work.

Admission to graduate study in dance is on the basis of competence as evidenced by the undergraduate record and demonstrated proficiency and potential in the field of dance.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 36 credit hours

Required Courses (30 credits)
DCE 614New Media and Technology in Dance Education 3
DCE 646Reflective Practice in P-12 Dance Education 3
DCE 651Choreographic Practice 13
DCE 654P-12 Dance Education: Technique and Performance 1
DCE 655P-12 Dance Education: Choreography 1
DCE 656P-12 Dance Education: Critical Thinking/Literacy 1
DCE 660Issues in Planning the Dance Curriculum 3
DCE 662Practicum in Teaching Dance 23
DCE 667The Dancer's Body3
DCE 676Problems Seminar 3
Select two courses (6 credits) in Dance Education or a related area 36
Alternate Technique Requirement
Select one of the following options:
Equivalent in an approved studio technique 4
Undergraduate dance technique courses 5
Movement for Dance 6
Capstone Experience (6 credits)
Select one course (6 credits) from the following:6
Portfolio in K-12 Dance Education 7
Field Project in Dance 8
Total Credit Hours36


Students are reviewed by the dance faculty when 9-15 credits of graduate course work are complete. Faculty assesses student progress in their degree program and makes recommendations for improvement. 

Once students have completed at least two-thirds of the course work and they have achieved a minimum overall 3.0 GPA, a Portfolio and Project Proposal Review is scheduled. Guidelines are listed in the Graduate Handbook.

The final review takes place at the end of the semester when DCE 693 or DCE 698 is completed.