Ed.M. in Dance Education: Professional Teacher Advancement

    Program Overview

    The Ed.M. in Dance Education program at the GSE is designed for experienced PK-12 dance educators who wish to deepen their knowledge in the discipline and advance in the field. Through guidance and instruction from expert faculty and backed by research-driven curriculum, the program serves to transform professional teachers into culturally responsive leaders in dance education within the schools and throughout the state and regional communities they serve. Carefully curated coursework prepares students with the skills and experience needed to pursue alternate and advanced career opportunities in the arts and education.

    A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university and a valid K-12 teacher certification are required for (but do not guarantee) entry into this program. Certifications may include the New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) and New Jersey Standard certificate, as well as New York Initial and Professional certificates or other comparable certification from other states. The New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility (CE) is not accepted as a qualified teaching credential unless it has reverted to a Standard certificate after one year of validated, full-time PK-12 teaching. Out-of-State certificates must align with New Jersey required internship and qualified PK-12 teaching experience. Applicants who do not currently hold K-12 teacher certification are encouraged to apply to the Ed.M. in Dance Education with Teacher Certification program.

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    Program Details

    Application Deadline

    Feb 1

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  • What You’ll Learn

    Students who enroll in the Ed.M. in Dance Education program can expect to deepen their professional knowledge of dance-as-art within the contexts of educational practice, 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

    This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:

      • 40 Graduate Course Credits
        • 18 Credits – Dance Pedagogy Courses
        • 9 Credits – Foundational Education Courses
        • 7 Credits – Research and Leadership Courses
        • 6 Credits – Elective Courses

    Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. 

  • Careers and Outcomes

    Dance educators exiting the program will be prepared to become leaders in the field, armed with the research and technical skills needed for executive employment in dance education, arts administration, and higher education roles.

  • Admissions Requirements
    • Personal Statement 
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Official GRE Scores*
    • Undergraduate Transcripts
    • CEAS, Provisional, or Standard PK-12 Teaching Certificate
    • Audition and Interview

    *Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline.

  • 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 or by mail to the Graduate Admissions Office:

    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey
    56 Bevier Rd, ASB Annex I
    Piscataway, NJ 08854, U.S.A.

    Download the complete guide on how to apply for the Ed.M. in Dance Education program at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.

  • 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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