Post-Baccalaureate Ed.M. with Certification in Dance Education

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Dance Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Degree


The Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in dance education is designed for individuals who possess a baccalaureate degree and who wish to pursue PK-12 dance teacher certification and a master’s degree in education at the same time. Certificates are recommended only in conjunction with the completion of the requirements for the Ed.M. degree.

The goal of the program is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be an effective PK-12 dance educator. The program has five supporting aims:

  • To develop students’ knowledge of dance-as-art as an educational practice, scholarly field, and community of practice;
  • To increase students’ knowledge about the pedagogy of teaching dance and how individual differences among children with respect to abilities and social, economic, and cultural backgrounds influence learning;
  • To support students in examining dance learning contexts for their potential to nurture identity formation, engender empathy, embrace diverse perspectives, and shape social transformation;
  • To empower students as advocates of dance-as-art state mandates who strive to ensure educational equity for all PK-12 children;
  • To increase students’ abilities to develop curriculum, apply strategies for instruction, class management and assessment, conduct research and serve in leadership roles, providing them with practical teaching experiences.


Applications can be completed online. Admissions are rolling until June 1. However, applicants who wish to be considered for Scholarships or Teaching Assistantships should apply, audition and interview by February 1st.


General Education  
Education and Computers or Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools
Human Development: Birth through the Transition to Adulthood  
Urban Social Justice Core  
Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning Classroom Organization for Inclusive and Special Classrooms
Clinical Experience Phase 1 Clinical Practice Phase 2
Clinical Practice Phase 3 Clinical Practice Phase 3 Seminar
Teaching Emerging Bilinguals in PK-12 Classrooms 1 Teaching Emerging Bilinguals in PK-12 Classrooms 2
Urban Education 1 Urban Education 2
Students, Communities, and Social Justice  
Program-Specific Coursework  
Motor Learning and Control Dance Pedagogy Introduction to Curriculum Design and Assessment for Dance
Dance Technique Pedagogy Creative Dance Choreography Pedagogy
Teaching Concepts in Dance for Students with Special Needs Intro to Research in Dance Education
Embodied Dance History Pedagogy Leadership in Dance Education

Program Requirements

In order to earn the master's degree, individuals must successfully complete the required course sequence, provide proof of satisfaction of the general education requirements and liberal arts credits, and pass the portfolio.

Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program, from the beginning of any course work to be counted toward the program.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Frederick Curry.