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MA, Teaching Dance, Grades K-12, Initial Certification/MFA, Dance

This program is suspending applications for the Fall 2021 admission cycle, please consider another Degree program listed below.

Created as a partnership between NYU Steinhardt and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, this highly innovative graduate program combines intensive study in dance technique, theory, and composition in a renowned conservatory setting with performance and choreography opportunities and student teaching placements in New York City schools. You'll be prepared to not only launch your career as a professional dancer, but also be eligible for New York State initial certification as a teacher of dance, all grades (pre-K–12). 

Degrees that offer initial teaching certificationprofessional teaching certificationnon-teaching certification, and a non-certification option with a certificate in American Ballet Theatre pedagogy are also available. 

Degree Name: Dance Education: Teaching Dance, All Grades: Initial Certification and Tisch MFA in Dance – Dual Degree

Academic Plan Code: DEDA

Degree: MA/MFA

Credits: 76 (29 for the MA, 47 for the MFA)

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: n/a
Summer: n/a
Fall: February 1

Program Information

Program Website | 212-998-5400

Admissions Requirements

We review all applications individually and holistically, but our expectation is that successful candidates for admission to any NYU Steinhardt MA program in teacher education will have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. Special consideration may be granted to strong candidates with a GPA below 3.0.

Please contact the program at or at call 212-998-5400 for more information about any content core requirements for teacher certification that must be met prior to enrollment.  

Candidates must meet all the admissions criteria and audition requirements of the Tisch Dance Department and the Steinhardt Dance Education program. You must hold a baccalaureate degree in any discipline, and demonstrate expertise in your audition in ballet and modern dance and creative process. 

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

The application process for this dual degree consists of two parts: graduate candidates need to submit an application to the Tisch Office of Graduate Admissions and NYU Steinhardt Graduate Admissions by February 1st.

1. Prepare Your Application


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


New York State requires that candidates for teacher education and educational leadership programs leading to certification submit standardized test scores as part of the application process.

Applicants to this program must submit official scores from the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) by the application deadline.

As with all materials you submit, your GRE or MAT test scores will be viewed in a holistic light, and will not outweigh other indicators of your academic and personal qualifications to be a teacher or school leader. See how to submit scores for the GRE and the MAT

Proficiency in English

An interview is required for all Dance Education applicants. For additional information, contact the program at or 212-998-5400. 


The Tisch Dance Department requires an audition. You may contact the Tisch Dance Office at or by calling 212.998.1984.

2. Apply


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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.

3. Receive Your Admission Decision


You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.