B.F.A. Major in Dance with PreK-12 Certification Concentration

Dance majors may elect to obtain State Teacher Certification to teach dance at the elementary and secondary levels. Students in this program receive certification to teach dance in grades PreK-12 in the public schools in Maryland and reciprocal states. The program leads to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography with PreK-12 Dance Education Certification.

Students whose GPA falls below the minimum requirement will be given one term to improve their GPA. Failure to do so may result in suspension from the program.

The Teacher Education Executive Board (TEEB) reserves the right to refuse, deny or revoke the application for admission to professional education programs or entry into student teaching of any student whose observed conduct is deemed incongruent with established guidelines of student demeanor for those planning to enter the teaching profession as excerpted from the “Statement of Professional Behavior for Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Education Students,” in the Towson State University Compass (1987 Student Handbook), and “NEA Code of Ethics” (1975), adopted by the College of Education Council in September 1988, and reaffirmed by TEEB in November 1990, October 1995, February 1996 and February 2000.

Post-baccalaureate Certification Option

For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in dance, the Department of Dance offers a post-baccalaureate program leading to Maryland PreK-12 certification in dance. Prospective students interested in this option need to contact the department to set up an appointment with the program coordinator to have their transcript(s) analyzed and a program of study developed based upon state certification and departmental requirements.

Overall Goals for BFA Performance and Choreography and PreK-12 Dance Education Concentration

The B.F.A. Dance Performance and Choreography with a concentration in PreK-12 Education major leads to P-12 teacher certification in the state of Maryland. Professional education courses in the dance education major combine with dance courses to prepare the student for student teaching in public school systems. Students must be accepted into the teacher certification program by the Dance Education Unit and must complete the specified teacher education sequence.

Towson University Dance students will:

  • Synthesize expressive range, stylistic versatility, and rigorous standards within healthy technical achievement and somatic understanding     

  • Analyze, intuit, deliver and evaluate the creative process for original dance choreography   

  • Demonstrate oral and written skills, critical thinking in aesthetic language, and historical/world view perspectives

  • Recognize, choose, and demonstrate leadership skills

  • Define, invent, and evaluate developmentally appropriate pedagogy skills (PreK-12 option)

    The Towson University Dance student is encouraged to:

  • Develop an ability to creatively respond both divergently and convergently to changing environments

  • Transition thinking from dance as hobby to a preparation for a lifetime as a facilitator of learning                                             

  • Engage in a thoughtful class practice with skills and ways of thinking that encourages health, balance and long-term approach to dancing

  • Develop a unique artistic voice through dreaming, risking, envisioning and creating dance work with rigor

  • Maintain a healthy, toned and energized physique, with somatic approach that supports dynamic alignment, reducing risk and increasing health and longevity of the dancer

  • Study dance history with a world view for understanding and appreciation of all people

  • Regularly engage as a whole person in physical, artistic and intellectual strategies that facilitate an appreciation of dance as an expressive, scholarly and progressive art form

  • Cultivate themselves as intelligent audience members who respect the art form and become lifetime arts advocates

  • Practicing consistently the disposition of educators which include caring commitment and collaboration

  • Define what being a facilitator of learning is and practice this definition 

The B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography requires a total of 81 units. All majors are required to successfully complete audition and jury as well as complete 15 points in performance credit as  milestones for graduation.Students in the major must complete 63 units of required dance courses, 3 units of Theatre, 12 units of dance electives, 3 units of other electives, and the performance requirements outlined below. A grade equivalent of 2.50 or higher is required for all courses in the major.

Required Courses for all Majors (66 Units)
DANC 126MUSICAL CONCEPTS FOR DANCERS 13
DANC 216SOPHOMORE CREW 11
DANC 223LEVEL I BALLET 12
DANC 224LEVEL I BALLET 12
DANC 227LEVEL I MODERN 12
DANC 228LEVEL I MODERN 12
DANC 235DANCE COMPOSITION I 13
DANC 245SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR MOVEMENT I 13
DANC 263DANCE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION3
DANC 316JUNIOR CREW1
DANC 321RESPONDING TO DANCE3
DANC 335DANCE COMPOSITION II2
DANC 336DANCE COMPOSITION III2
DANC 345SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR MOVEMENT II 12
DANC 346SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF ANALYSES OF MOVEMENT III1
DANC 436DANCE COMPOSITION IV: FOR THE PROSCENIUM2
DANC 437DANCE COMPOSITION V: FOR THE CAMERA3
DANC 480SENIOR PROJECT: SEMINAR2
DANC 491SENIOR PROJECT: CONCERT/LECTURE DEMONSTRATION3
THEA 101ACTING I3
Level II Technique Courses 2
DANC 323
DANC 324
LEVEL II BALLET
and LEVEL II BALLET
6
DANC 327
DANC 328
LEVEL II MODERN
and LEVEL II MODERN
6
Level III Technique Courses 2
A total of 9 units must be taken in Level III courses.9
LEVEL III BALLET
LEVEL III BALLET
LEVEL III MODERN
LEVEL III MODERN
Electives (15 Units)
Of the 15 total units of electives required, 12 must be from DANC.15
For Performance majors, at least 6 units of electives must be in Modern Repertory, Ballet Repertory or Dance Company.
Total Units81
1

Foundational courses

2

 Students are required to master each level of ballet and modern dance before progressing to the next level.

When courses are repeated, content will be changed with each offering of the course.

Performance Requirements for Majors

To fulfill performance requirements for graduation, all dance majors must audition for the TU Dance Company a minimum of two times during their tenure at Towson and fulfill one of the following options:

Option A

  1. 3 units of either TU Dance Company or  Ballet or Modern Repertory.
  2. 12 additional performance points earned by Composition III and IV student dance projects.

 Option B

  1. Exceptions for transfer students by approval of the department chair.

Completion of Option A or Option B completes the performance milestone requirements.

The B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography with the PreK-12 Dance Education Concentration requires 106 units. All majors are required to successfully complete audition and jury as well as complete 15 points in performance credit as  milestones for graduation.

Students must complete 57 units of required courses, 6 units of Level III technique courses, the performance requirements listed below, jury and crew requirements, and an additional 43 units of professional education components listed below. Students must also be placed by the faculty in Level III Modern or Level III Ballet.

Professional Education Required Courses
DANC 201Methods of Teaching Dance: Developmental Movement3
DANC 251 DANC 351 METHODS OF TEACHING DANCE: PreK-12 Setting3
DANC 391DANC491 Elementary Capstone Internship 6
DANC 392DANC492 Secondary Capstone Internship6
DANC 451 Methods of Teaching Dance: Policy and Advocacy3
DANC 493PRO-SEMINAR IN THE TEACHING OF DANCE (taken concurrently with DANC 391 and DANC 392)1
COMM 131FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
ELED 324INTEGRATING LITERACY IN K-12 CONTENT AREAS3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
PSYC 201EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
REED 365READING AND WRITING IN THE CONTENT AREAS K-123
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Total Units43

Performance Requirements for Majors

To fulfill performance requirements for graduation, all dance majors must audition for the TU Dance Company a minimum of two times during their tenure at Towson and fulfill one of the following options:

Option A

  1. 3 units of either TU Dance Company or  Ballet or Modern Repertory.
  2. 12 additional performance points earned by Composition III and IV student dance projects.

 Option B

  1. Exceptions for transfer students by approval of the department chair.

Completion of Option A or Option B completes the performance milestone requirements.

Suggested Four-Year Plan 

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
DANC 21611DANC 12613 
DANC 22312DANC 22412 
DANC 22712DANC 22812 
DANC 24513DANC 23513 
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3DANC 34512 
Core 33ENGL 1023 
Core 63  
Orientation0  
 17 15 
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
DANC 2633DANC 2012 
DANC 3352DANC 3161 
DANC XXX:: BALLET TECHNIQUE II3DANC 3362 
DANC XXX MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II3DANC XXX: MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE II3 
PSYC 2013DANC XXX:: BALLET TECHNIQUE II3 
 Core 53 
 Core 133 
 14 17 
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
DANC 3213DANC 4373 
DANC 4362DANC 4513 
Core 74DANC XXX:: BALLET/MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE3 
DANC 2513Core 84 
SPED 3013Core 143 
 15 16 
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2UnitsTerm 3Units
DANC 4802DANC 4913DANC 3916
DANC XXX: BALLET/MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE3DANC XXX:: BALLET/MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE3DANC 3926
THEA 1013EDUC 2023DANC 4931
Core 103REED 3653 
HIST 145 or 146 (Core 11)3Core 123 
REED 3653  
 17 15 13
Total Units 139
1

 Foundational course

Students are encouraged to earn additional units in Repertory/Company for the required performance milestone.

Performance opportunities include performing composition class assignments, dancing for Senior Seminar works and auditioning for Dance Major Performance Project (DMPP) concert.

Additional requirements during the freshman year include Dub ballet and modern combinations from class and performances to use in sophomore juries, and to join a professional organization from the departmental approved list.

Additional requirements during the sophomore year: Dub practicums and jury information for sophomore jury in March/April.

Technique classes taken after completing major requirements are strongly encouraged.

At least 6 units of electives must be in Modern Repertory, Ballet Repertory or Dance Company.

 When courses are repeated, content will be changed with each offering of the course.

1. The students will synthesize expressive range, stylistic versatility, and high standard of rigor within healthy technical achievement and somatic understanding.
2. The students analyze, intuit, produce, deliver and evaluate the creative process for original dance choreography.
3. The students will demonstrate oral and written skills, critical thinking in aesthetic language, and historical/worldview perspectives.