Graduate Programs - Dance Education

MA in Teaching Dance in the Professions

Prepare to Teach Dance in a Variety of Settings


Master of Arts in Dance Education: Teaching Dance in the Professions

Full-time or part-time


Start Date:

Application Deadline:
January 6

Prepare for a career in teaching dance to adult learners in postsecondary and professional education settings. This master of arts program provides professional development in the theory and practice of dance education for established dancers and choreographers wishing to develop pedagogy and research skills as a compliment to their artistry. You can complete this degree in just three semesters as a full-time student. 

This is a non-certification program for those who wish to teach dance in higher education settings or to prepare for doctoral study. Also available are degrees that offer initial teaching certification, professional certification, a non-certification option with a certificate in American Ballet Theatre pedagogy, and a dual MA/MFA.

What you'll learn
  • How to examine dance through a pedagogic lens to select and apply teaching and learning processes appropriate to various settings and populations
  • How to critically evaluate, review, and put into practice varying educational models in order to develop your own teaching philosophies and skills
  • How to research methods to examine existing bases of information and create new knowledge in the field

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How you'll learn

Courses in Dance Pedagogy, Dance Content, and Electives
The curriculum is designed to be completed in three semesters of full-time study, and includes research in dance education and general and subject-specific pedagogy courses such as Dance in Higher Education and Methods and Materials for Teaching Dance. You’ll also have the opportunities to take electives such as Hip Hop Dance, Intercultural Dance, and West African Dance.  

Research Opportunities
As a graduate students in this program, you will examine dance for the purpose of developing research-informed and proficient teachers who possess a balance between pedagogy, artistry, and research. A final research project is the culmination of the degree.

A "Thinking-Centered" Approach
Our “thinking-centered” approach emphasizes the integration of the developing mind and body in the context of cultural practices through research, pedagogic, and discipline-based inquiries. Our goal is to facilitate the growth of your creative and critical thinking abilities, thereby increasing your knowledge and expertise in dance and dance education.

For more information about this MA program, please contact

Susan Koff
Program Director