5-Year Dance Education (K-12)

Program Details

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


The five-year teacher education program in dance education leads to a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and initial teacher certification. Rutgers undergraduates do preliminary coursework and field placements as assigned during the sophomore and junior years, are admitted to the program during the spring semester of the junior year, and enter the professional education sequence in the summer between junior and senior years. Students then qualify to have their bachelor’s degree awarded by Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Students continue with the professional sequence the summer after graduation. They return in the fall to complete a student-teaching internship with related coursework and continue with full-time graduate study, including a field-based research project, in the spring. The Ed.M. degree is conferred upon the completion of all five-year program requirements.

After the master’s degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the student to receive a Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) as a teacher.


Applications to the five-year teacher education programs can be completed online. An application should be filed only during or after completion of the introductory courses 05:300:200 Introduction to Education, 05:300:306, Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning, and 07:207:405 Motor Learning and Control for Dance Pedagogy. Applications must be filed with the graduate admissions office no later than February 1 of the junior year. Students are admitted only once a year to the five-year program. Admission to the program is limited and is applied competitively to all applicants.


Prerequisite Coursework  
Introduction to Education Introduction to Education Field Based Lab - Clinical Experience
Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning Motor Learning and Control for Dance Pedagogy
General Education  
Kinesiology for Dancers Human Development: Birth through the Transition to Adulthood
Education and Computers or Introduction to Teaching with Digital Tools
Urban Social Justice Core  
Clinical Experience Phase 1 Classroom Organization for Inclusive and Special Classrooms
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  
Creative Dance and Choreography Pedagogy Dance Technique Pedagogy
Dance Clinical Practice Phase 2 Dance Clinical Practice Phase 2A
Embodied Dance History Pedagogy Introduction to Curriculum Design and Assessment for Dance
Introduction to Research in Dance Education Leadership in Dance Education
Teaching Concepts in Dance for Students with Special Needs  

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.

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.