Dance Education M.A.

Degree: Master of Arts
https://www.towson.edu/cofac/departments/dance/programs/dance-education/

Program Director: Jaye Knutson
Phone: 410-704-2770
Email: jknutson@towson.edu

Towson University’s award-winning dance department has built upon its leading undergraduate dance education program with a new Master of Arts in Dance Education. The 36-unit program provides flexible, part-time graduate study for certified dance educators looking to deepen their practice and qualify for the Maryland State Department of Education's advanced professional certification. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), it’s the first and only master’s program in Maryland designed specifically for dance educators.

The program’s focus on existing dance education professionals sets it apart from other programs aimed at people looking to change careers or just embarking on dance education. This program is for a professional to examine their own pedagogical practices and then place it within a more globally informed and theoretically rich context. Study starts from a global perspective then moves to an individualized one, examining the personal pedagogy of each candidate and their interests. Finally, the focus expands back to a broader application that is synthesized in an action research-based project and thesis.

The program connects students with nationally recognized, award-winning faculty mentors and access to state-of-the-art practice and performance spaces and prepares graduates for a variety of career options as teacher-leaders or doctoral candidates.

Enrollment in and completion of the Master of Arts in Dance Education does not lead to state teacher certification / licensure. Students interested in the state teaching certificate should consult with the Department of Dance for information regarding certification requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university**.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 for full admission, 2.75 for conditional admission. All GPA calculations for admission are based upon the last 60 units of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study.
  • Teaching experience is preferred, but not required.
  • A current resume.
  • A detailed statement of intent of two to three, double-spaced pages demonstrating the applicant’s readiness for graduate level work and describing the following: background in arts and/or education and professional goals in seeking the degree. 
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Samples of creative, teaching, or performance work
  • Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 20 hours of Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis by approval of program director.

For all other admission requirements and instructions on how to apply, see the Admission Requirements & Deadlines page at: https://www.towson.edu/cofac/departments/dance/programs/dance-education/admission.html

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
DANC 600GLOBAL PEDAGOGY IN DANCE EDUCATION3
DANC 700CULTURE OF THE LIVED BODY3
DANC 745PERSONAL PEDAGOGIES: EMBODIED PRACTICES3
DANC 845ACTION RESEARCH IN PEDAGOGICAL INQUIRY3
DANC 897THESIS 16
or DANC 898 THESIS
IDFA 609ARTS INTEGRATION CAPSTONE PROJECT3
IDFA 703INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH METHODS3
Micro-credentials for Creative Classrooms Requirement 2
Electives12
Select one course from each of the three Dimensions of Learning listed below. Then select one additional course (3 units) from any of the three Dimensions of Learning. Students interested in taking alternative elective courses are to seek prior approval of Dance Department.
Theory & Critical Studies in Practice
COMMUNITY-BASED ARTS TEACHING
TEACHING THINKING THROUGH ARTS
877.615
Mind, Brain & Teaching (JHU Course) 3
Dance Pedagogy as a Global Phenomena
METHODS FOR TEACHING DANCE: POLICY AND ADVOCACY
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL ACTION
Embodied Practices
SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL ACTION (second attempt must be different topic)
ARTS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
INTERDISCIPLINARY SEMINAR IN THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Total Units36
1

Students must complete 6 total units of thesis: DANC 897 for 6 units in one term or DANC 898 for 3 units in two terms

2

Enrollment in the MSDE Micro-Credential for Creative Classrooms is a non-credit bearing requirement that introduces students to a state-wide, interdisciplinary arts community of teachers engaged in sharing the intersections between their disciplines and the creative process. Students will receive guidance on completing this requirement from their program director and, once complete, will have the milestone in their Academic Requirements completed by the department.

3

Courses completed at other institutions must be approved through the graduate transfer credit process prior to registration in order to have courses posted to the TU graduate record. Students taking courses through University System of Maryland schools may be eligible to use inter-institutional registration to simplify the registration process. 

  1. Examine current trends and confront ethnically diverse perspectives in dance education. 
  2. Create dance pedagogies derived from personal values, experiences and interests.
  3. Transform the standards of dance practice through field study. 
  4. Model professional excellence as an educator in the classroom and community. 
  5. Utilize appropriate technology to enhance learning. 
  6. Develop collaborative partnerships that enrich the educational experience.