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Master of Arts
Teacher of Dance
All Grades, Professional Certification

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Designed for educators who already hold initial certification in teaching dance, this degree will expand your dance and pedagogical skills and update your teaching practices, with an option to transition into teaching in higher education. Graduates are eligible for New York State professional certification as a teacher of dance, all grades (pre-K–12).

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Teacher of Dance, All Grades, Professional Certification

Licensure or Certification
Full-time or Part-time
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What You’ll Learn

The curriculum includes research in dance education, dance content courses, general and subject-specific pedagogy courses, and a culminating curriculum project that is applicable to your current teaching setting. You’ll also have the chance to take electives such as Hip Hop Dance Culture, West African Dance, and Principles of Dance Movement Therapy.

Throughout your degree program, you will study:

  • How to create and implement pre-K–12 sequential dance programs in public and independent schools
  • How to plan, implement, and assess dance education in diverse urban settings
  • Research in dance education, technique and pedagogy, teaching creative movement, and theory and philosophy of dance education

Study Abroad

You will have the unique opportunity to learn how to teach, create, and perform dance – and to build community – in Kampala, Uganda, or you can take part in other NYU Steinhardt global study programs.

A Thinking-Centered Approach Leads to Careers

Our degree 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.

Graduates are research-informed and proficient teachers with a complete understanding of urban school systems and the role of dance education within them.

Learn more about teacher certification and our degree's accreditation.


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