Teaching Dance, All Grades: Initial Certification

Teaching Dance, All Grades: Initial Certification

Launch Your Career as a Certified Dance Educator

Prepare for a career as a dance educator and teaching artist in public and independent schools, studios, and community organizations. This master of arts program leads to eligibility for New York State initial certification as a teacher of dance, all grades (pre-K–12), with reciprocity in numerous other states. During your course of study, you will complete one semester of fieldwork and two semesters of supervised student teaching at New York City schools.

Graduates are eligible for New York State professional certification as a teacher of dance, all grades (pre-K–12).

What You'll 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 & 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.

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree. 

How You'll Learn

Courses in Research, Dance Pedagogy, Dance Content, and Electives
The curriculum is designed to be completed in two full-time years of study, and includes research in dance education, dance content courses, general and subject-specific pedagogy courses, and a culminating curriculum project. You’ll also have the opportunities to take electives such as Hip Hop Dance Culture, West African Dance, and Principles of Dance Movement Therapy. 

Hands-On Teaching Experiences in New York City Schools
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.

Study Abroad Opportunities
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.

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 steinhardt.dance@nyu.edu for additional information.

Contact Us

Deborah Damast
Program Director