MFA in Dance and MA in Teaching Dance, All Grades, Initial Certification

MFA in Dance and MA in Teaching Dance, All Grades, Initial Certification

A Dual Graduate Degree

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 gain certification to teach dance to students in pre-K to grade 12, as well as the qualification to teach in colleges and universities.

What You'll Learn
  • Dance technique, theory, and composition
  • History of dance
  • Kinesthetics of anatomy
  • Pedagogical methods, strategies, and materials for teaching dance and creative movement
  • Research in dance education

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

How You'll Learn

The MFA/MA program combines core coursework in research, pedagogy, and content with classes in ballet and contemporary technique, dance composition, and history and theory.

You'll complete two semesters of student teaching at New York City schools, at the elementary and secondary grade levels, under the close supervision of experienced dance teachers. This is a valuable opportunity to develop and refine your teaching techniques.

The program consists of 76 points, or credits, of coursework, 29 of which are towards the MA degree and 47 towards the MFA. You can complete the program in three years. See a sample course sequence.

How to apply

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.

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. You must also meet the requirements for teacher certification in Dance Education, as regulated by the New York State Education Department.

See more information on admissions requirements.

Degree Details

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) does not address approval for academic programs leading to professional licensure or certification. The Dance Education Program is currently in the process of researching state requirements for professional licensure and/or certification outside the State of New York, as it relates to dance education. Please contact for additional information.

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Deborah Damast
Program Director