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MA, Teaching Dance, Grades K–12, Initial Certification

Develop your career as a dance educator and teaching artist in public and independent schools, studios, and community organizations. Upon completion, you’ll be eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of dance, all grades (pre-K–12), with reciprocity in numerous other states.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Teaching Dance, All Grades: Initial Certification

Professional Licensure or Certification
Format
Full-time or Part-time
Credits
40
Start Date
Spring
Application Deadline
Start Date
Fall
Application Deadline

Designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, this program enables you to learn:

  • 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

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.

During your first year in the program, you will complete fieldwork observing dance instruction in New York City schools. During your second year, you will complete two student teaching placements in New York City schools, working with cooperating teachers who are experienced, certified dance educators. Learn more about the student teaching experience.

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

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