5-Year Program with Certification in Dance Education (K-12)

    Program Overview

    Successful completion of the 5-year program with teacher certification in K-12 dance education, offered jointly by the GSE and Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, leads to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and initial teacher certification. Through guidance and instruction from expert faculty and backed by research-driven curriculum, the program prepares students to become culturally responsive practitioners within PK-12 schools and throughout the local and state communities they serve. Carefully curated coursework will equip students with the skills and experience needed to fulfill teaching and administrative roles in the arts and education.

    To complete the program in 5 years, Mason Gross undergraduate students must complete specific, pre-admission coursework and field placements during their sophomore and junior years. Students then apply for the 5-year program before the Spring semester of their junior year and if admitted, enter the professional education sequence in the summer before senior year. After senior year, students qualify to have their bachelor’s degree awarded by Mason Gross and continue with the professional sequence in the summer after graduation. Students will return in the fall to complete a full-time student-teaching internship and continue with full-time graduate study, including a field-based research project in the spring. 

    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 graduate to receive their Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) as a teacher.

    Program Goals as of 2022-2023
    (Last updated: 7/28/2022)


    • Teacher candidates will build deep understanding of how their students learn and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually (across cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical domains) and are shaped by diverse cultures, communities, and experiences. 
    • Teacher candidates will develop, expand, and deepen content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge, drawing on current research to plan and implement high-quality P-12 instruction and design effective learning environments. 
    • Teacher candidates will understand the historical and philosophical contexts of the discipline that they are teaching and how their curriculum and pedagogy can support equity and justice. 

    Communication/Community Building 

    • Teacher candidates will develop strategies for communicating and collaborating with their students, families, community members, and other educators to support inclusive learning environments that empower each learner.  
    • Teacher candidates will participate in professional, scholarly, and community-engaged networks and activities using all modes of communication, while centering the experiences of their students, families, and communities (e.g., research, presentations, and service) 

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) 

    • Teacher candidates will examine social justice issues and act guided by the importance of the role of social justice in educational settings. 
    • Teacher candidates will strive to ensure educational equity by creating an environment where diverse backgrounds and perspectives (personal, social, economic, educational, linguistic, cultural, immigration, racial/ethnic) are an integral part of the learning experience. 
    • Teacher candidates will develop an understanding of what culturally responsive teaching is and how instruction can be responsive, consequential, and just for their students. 
    • Teacher candidates will seek to proactively interrupt practices, policies, and curriculum that silence, discount, or harm the diverse students in their classrooms. 

    Research/Professional Practice 

    • Teacher candidates will conduct original research and use that research, as well as interpret and evaluate evidence from other research studies, to inform their professional practice and address problems of practice that may require change in policy, programs, and practice.
    • Teacher candidates will engage in inquiry/research experiences to better understand how discipline-specific knowledge develops.
    • Teacher candidates will develop knowledge of how to apply the results of current research to their practice.  


    • Teacher candidates will evaluate, identify, and use models and approaches that will be effective in the successful design and implementation of assessment.   
    • Teacher candidates will use multiple methods of standards-informed assessment and data sources in making educational decisions and in the monitoring of student learning progress.   

    Professional Development/Self-Reflection 

    • Teacher candidates will proactively seek out opportunities for continuous professional learning and development, including reflective self-inquiry, in order to improve their practice and contribute to the teaching profession. 
    • Teacher candidates will understand their intersectional identities and positionality, recognizing the implicit biases that may result from that positionality, and mitigate how implicit bias can adversely impact their planning, instruction, and assessment.  

    For more information about this program:

    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Contact academic.services@gse.rutgers.edu for assistance

    Entry Term(s)


    Program Level


    Program Type

    Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree + Teacher Certification





  • What You’ll Learn

    Students enrolled in the 5-Year Program with Certification in Dance Education (K-12) can expect to develop their knowledge of dance-as-art within the contexts of educational practice and instruction, scholarly research, education policy, and communities of practice. They will examine the pedagogy of teaching in the discipline and the influence individual differences amongst children, including ability and social, economic, and cultural background, have on student learning and their relationship with dance and others. The program encourages students to consider dance learning contexts for their potential to nurture identity formation, engender empathy, embrace diverse perspectives, engage interdisciplinary inquiry, and shape social transformation. Graduates will exit the program armed with culturally responsive skills and dispositions in curriculum development, assessment, research, data-informed decision making, and leadership, and be empowered to strive and advocate for educational equity for all PK-12 students.

    For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.

  • Program Requirements
    • BFA Dance Major, Mason Gross School of the Arts, in their junior year.
    • 27 Undergraduate Course Credits
      • 9.5 Credits – Completed Pre-admission in Sophomore or Junior Year
      • 6.5 Credits – Completed in the Fall of Senior Year
      • 11 Credits – Completed in the Spring of Senior Year
    • 1 no-credit Course Modules – Completed in the Summer Before Senior Year
    • 35 Graduate Course Credits
      • 8 Credits – Completed in the Summer Before the 5th Year
      • 15 Credits – Completed in the Fall of the 5th Year
      • 12 Credits – Completed in the Spring of the 5th Year
    • Portfolio 
      • Students will archive artifacts from various GSE courses via an online instructional and evaluation system as directed by faculty

    Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements and liberal arts credits, as well as complete HIB training, an edTPA performance-based assessment, and their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework.

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Completing the 5-Year Program with Certification in Dance Education (K-12) offers graduates the opportunity for employment as an educator, administrator, or specialist in dance, art, or related fields in New Jersey public, private, and charter schools. Students will also possess the ability to conduct high quality research and have demonstrated the competencies needed to pursue doctoral-level study and or careers at the post-secondary level.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement
    • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • One Letter of Recommendation
    • Passing Praxis Core test scores* in Reading, Writing, and Math
      • or SAT scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Math and Verbal or both Math and Reading
      • or ACT scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Math and English
      • or GRE scores* greater than 50th percentile in both Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning
    • Official Undergraduate Transcripts**

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline
    **The New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to a teacher education program

  • How to Apply
    1. Collect the materials required for admission
    2. Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
    3. Submit supporting materials online
    4. Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
  • Tuition & Financial Assistance


    For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.

    Financial Aid:

    While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.

    Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:

    Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.  

    To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.

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