B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography with PreK-12 Dance Education Concentration

Dance majors may elect to complete the requirements for state certification to teach dance to PreK-12 students. Students in this program are eligible to apply for certification to teach dance in grades PreK-12 in the public schools in Maryland and other 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 internship of any student whose observed conduct is deemed incongruent with established guidelines of the Professional Behavior Policy. 

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 PreK-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 a full-time internship 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.

Admission to the BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a Pre-K-12 Dance Education Concentration

Admission Requirements for Teacher Education

The Teacher Education Executive Board, representing all initial teacher education programs at Towson University, utilizes the following minimum requirements as conditions for admission into teacher education programs, maintaining candidate status and formal entry into the capstone internship. Programs may include additional requirements for admission into the program and/or the capstone internship.

The College of Education admits students either as freshmen or as undergraduate transfer students from accredited, post-secondary institutions. During the freshman and sophomore years, students are generally engaged in pre-professional courses or courses that fulfill Core Curriculum requirements, as well as all identified prerequisites (e.g., specific and sequential courses in Core Curriculum) for admission to COE screened majors and programs.

All College of Education undergraduate programs are screened majors. As an integral part of the teaching/learning experience, students work with advisers in a strategic planning process across all years at TU. Accordingly, to support student success, all COE students are required to confer prior to registration each term with their assigned advisers.

I. PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO ALL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

  1. Complete a self-disclosure criminal background form to be submitted to the major department with the application. 
  2. Submit an application for formal admission to the program. Students seeking admission to teacher education programs must contact their department chairperson or program coordinator by 45 credit hours for program-specific procedures and requirements for admission to professional education programs.
  3. A cumulative/overall GPA of 3.00 or higher is required for admission to an initial licensure teacher education program.

    1. Applicants with a GPA between 2.50 - 2.99 may be admitted conditionally if they provide evidence of passing scores on a Basic Skills Assessment* as identified by the Maryland State Department of Education (i.e. SAT, ACT, GRE, Praxis Core) and receive approval from the department chairperson/program coordinator.

      *Candidates may apply for a test waiver directly to the department. Such waivers should only be granted if it is predicted, based on the individual candidate’s transcript data, that the candidate’s final cumulative/overall GPA will be above a 3.00.

II. ADDITIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the criteria for admission to the BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography outlined above, admission to the Pre-K-12 Dance Education Concentration requires the following, all of which are required for the internship application:

  1. a personal interview; 
  2. successful completion of the speech and hearing test by spring term of first year;
  3. current membership in the National Dance Education Organization.

This is a screened program. 

The B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography with the PreK-12 Dance Education Concentration requires a total of 108 units. All majors are required to successfully complete the audition and jury as well as complete the performance requirements outlined below. Students in the major must complete 65 units of required DANC courses, 3 units of THEA, and 40 units of professional education requirements. 

Dance Performance and Choreography Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
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 (Core 4) 13
DANC 245SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR MOVEMENT I 13
DANC 345SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR MOVEMENT II 12
Dance Major Course Sequence
DANC 250METHODS OF TEACHING DANCE: TECHNIQUE2
DANC 263DANCE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION3
DANC 316JUNIOR CREW1
DANC 321RESPONDING TO DANCE (Core 9)3
DANC 335DANCE COMPOSITION II2
DANC 336DANCE COMPOSITION III2
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
Total Units59

Dance Performance and Choreography with PreK-12 Dance Education Concentration Requirements

Minimum requirements for admission into teacher education programs, maintaining candidate status and formal entry into the capstone internship are outlined on the Standards for Teacher Education page in the Undergraduate Catalog. 

Level III Technique Courses 2
A total of 6 units must be taken in Level III courses. 6
LEVEL III BALLET
LEVEL III BALLET
LEVEL III MODERN
LEVEL III MODERN
Performance Requirement
Select one of the following:3
MODERN DANCE REPERTORY
BALLET REPERTORY
DANCE COMPANY
Professional Education Required Courses
COMM 131PUBLIC SPEAKING (Core 5)3
DANC 201METHODS OF TEACHING DANCE: DEVELOPMENTAL MOVEMENT2
DANC 350METHODS OF TEACHING DANCE: PREK-12 SETTING2
DANC 450METHODS OF TEACHING DANCE: POLICY AND ADVOCACY2
DANC 490ELEMENTARY CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP6
DANC 493PRO-SEMINAR IN THE TEACHING OF DANCE (taken concurrently with DANC 391 and DANC 392)1
DANC 494SECONDARY CAPSTONE INTERNSHIP6
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS (Core 10)3
ELED 324INTEGRATING LITERACY IN PREK-12 CONTENT AREAS3
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR (Core 11)3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
PSYC 201EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
REED 365LITERACY IN THE CONTENT AREAS PREK-123
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
Total Units49
1

These courses are taken by Pre-Dance Performance & Choreography majors who have successfully passed the audition. An overall GPA of 3.00 is required for the foundation 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

All Dance Performance and Choreography majors with the Pre-K12 Dance Education Concentration must audition for the elective TU Dance Company course (DANC 481 ) a minimum of two times during their tenure at Towson University and complete the following:

  • 3 units of either TU Dance Company or Ballet or Modern Repertory.
  • 12 performance points in extracurricular activities:

6 points must be earned by participating in student dance projects for a class in which you are not enrolled. Approved courses are Composition III, IV, V, and Senior Seminar Projects.

6 points may be earned by additional composition work, from the above list, for a class in which you are not enrolled, or from a performance in Inertia Dance Concert, Dance Major Performance Project Concert, American College Dance Association Mid-Atlantic Conference, or an individual work approved by a Towson University Faculty Member.

Exceptions by the approval of the Department Chairperson or Advisor.

Juries

As a mechanism for assessing progress toward the degree, all Dance Performance and Choreography majors will be evaluated by a jury of faculty members during the month of August prior to the sophomore year. The jury will consider completed essays, video portfolio, and verbal presentation from each student. Written and verbal assessment will be given to each student with consideration for career planning.

Special note: All majors are required to be enrolled in a ballet and modern class each term prior to their scheduled jury and during their senior year.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
DANC 2161DANC 1263 
DANC 2232DANC 2242 
DANC 2272DANC 2282 
DANC 2453DANC 235 (Core 4)3 
Core 1 (or Core 2)3DANC 3452 
Core 33Core 2 (or Core 1)3 
 14 15 
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
DANC 2633COMM 131 (Core 5)3 
DANC 323 or 3243DANC 2012 
DANC 327 or 3283DANC 324 or 3233 
DANC 3352DANC 328 or 3273 
PSYC 2013DANC 3161 
Core 63DANC 3362 
 Core 133 
 17 17 
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units 
DANC 2502DANC 3502 
DANC 321 (Core 9)3DANC 4373 
DANC 3461DANC 4502 
DANC 4362DANC 423, 424, 427, or 4283 
SPED 3013Core 83-4 
Core 74Core 143 
 15 16-17 
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2UnitsTerm 3Units
DANC 423, 424, 427, or 4283DANC 423, 424, 427, or 428 (as needed)0-3DANC 4906
DANC 4802DANC 4913DANC 4931
ELED 3243EDUC 2023DANC 4946
HIST 145 or 146 (Core 11)3REED 3653 
THEA 1013Core 123 
Core 103  
 17 12-15 13
Total Units 136-140
  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.