MA in Teaching Dance, All Grades: Professional Certification

MA in Teaching Dance, All Grades: Professional Certification

Build on Your Teaching Experience and Pedagogical Skills

In this master of arts program, educators who already hold initial certification in teaching dance can enrich and expand their dance and pedagogical skills and refine and update their teaching practices, with an option to transition into teaching in higher education. You can complete this degree in three semesters of full-time study. 

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 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 opportunities to take electives such as Hip Hop Dance Culture, West African Dance, and Principles of Dance Movement Therapy.

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

A "Thinking-Centered" Approach
Our “thinking-centered” approach 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.

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.

Contact Us

Deborah Damast
Program Director