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Dance Education MA (with Optional Teaching Licensure) – Courses & Requirements

Designed for Working Teachers

This program is delivered mostly-online, plus two short face-to-face Summer institutes. Master's-only students will finish in two years plus a semester for thesis work. Master's with licensure students will finish in 2.5 years plus a semester for thesis work and student teaching.

  • All students will take one Dance Education course each Fall and Spring term online.
  • Each summer there is a 2-week face-to-face institute plus online coursework.
  • There are six credits of thesis advisement, taken via two courses. A written thesis is required of all School of Dance Arts Master of Arts degree candidates.
  • Note: Licensure students will take a second course in the Fall and Spring terms of year two, along with additional online coursework each Summer.

The on-campus Summer workshops (in July) will involve choreography, learning dance forms, movement skills/technique, pedagogy, interdisciplinary teaching through dance, creative dance, injury prevention, and dance production.

Course of Study

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.

Required Courses (33 Hours for All Students)

DNCE 550 Dance History - Tribal Cultures to Current Times (3)

DNCE 560 Dance Movement Skills & Pedagogical Approaches (3)

DNCE 565 Interdisciplinary Teaching & Advocacy in Dance (3)

DNCE 570 Doing, Teaching, & Appreciating Choreography & Creative Dance I (3)

DNCE 575 Dance Lesson, Curriculum & Assessment Design (3)

DNCE 600 Movement & Dance – Framing a Research Question (3)

DNCE 690 Thesis (3)

DNCE 693 Popular Dance Forms (3)

DNCE 695 Doing, Teaching & Appreciating Choreography  (3)

DNCE 697 Dance Production Techniques (3)

DNCE 699 Thesis II (3)

Teacher Preparation Coursework (24 hours for Master's With Licensure students only)

EDFE 125 Application for Graduate Licensure Admission to PTEP (0)

EDF 500 Conceptions of Schooling (3)

EDF 130 Application for Student Teaching (0)

EDFE 554 Secondary Practicum (3)

EDFE 555 Supervised Student Teaching (9)

EDRD 523 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas (3)

EDSE 509 Strategies for Students with Exceptionalities (3)

PSY 500 Educational Psychology for Teachers (3)


For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog:

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Credits Required:
MA-Only: 33
MA with Teaching License: 57
Time to Completion:
MA-Only: 2 years + Thesis
MA with Teaching License: 2.5 years + Thesis/Student Teaching
$495/credit hour

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Program Co-Coordinator:

Christy O'Connell-Black


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