Degree Overview (Distance Learning)

The MA in Dance Education, with or without the advanced North Carolina M (advanced) license in dance, is designed for public school dance educators. Students from North Carolina, as well as other states and countries, are welcomed. The degree may be completed only through part-time study, combining online courses at UNCG, summer study on campus, and selected courses taken on campus or online from other institutions. At the present time, we are admitting students into this program only in alternate (even) years. We will be admitting the next class of students into the MA in Dance Education to start in summer 2014; all applications will be due April 1, 2014.

FAQs

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Who is the program for?

The program is designed for full-time dance educators teaching a diverse population of public school students. At least one year of full-time teaching experience with K-12 students is very strongly recommended before beginning the program. Many course assignments require teaching public school students (or similar populations). The program is not appropriate for those teaching only in typical commercial or professional studios.

Students who already hold an initial North Carolina teaching license in Dance (Standard Professional I) may choose to earn the advanced M license along with the degree. This option is not available for those students who do not already hold the initial license. Students who hold an initial dance license from another state may contact the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to see if they are eligible for a North Carolina license.

The program of study leading to the MA in Dance Education rests on an assumption that experienced teachers working at the graduate level already possess significant knowledge and skill; the program is designed for students who are able to function well as independent learners within a supportive community. Most of the courses involve substantive reading and challenging assignments on which students work over a period of time, receiving extensive feedback from instructors. Peer collaboration and dialogue are built into courses whenever possible, but there is a significant amount of work that is completed solo. The instructors see themselves as facilitators of student learning rather than delivery-persons for content information.

An alternate route to Standard Professional I licensure in dance is possible for students through the MA in Dance Theories and Practices; this is not a distance program and students have to attend classes on campus during the normal school day. Students interested in that approach rather than the distance programs described below should contact Dr. Mila Parrish at milaparrish@uncg.edu. Students are admitted into that program on an annual basis. Application deadline for the on-campus MA in Dance with a concentration in Dance Education is December 1st.

How long does it take? How much time is required?

Most students in the MA in Dance Education are full-time dance educators in schools taking one graduate course each semester and one or two courses during the summer, over a three year period. The minimum time required to complete the degree is 3 years. The Graduate School allows five years to complete a master's degree.

All DCE courses are taught either in the summer or online; most are currently available only in a 3-year rotation. The elective courses may be taken at UNCG or another institution. (Students may transfer in up to 12 credits from an accredited institution, with approval.) Two required summer courses must be taken on campus at UNCG. Each requires a stay of approximately three weeks, beginning in mid-June.

During the normal school year, students should expect to spend approximately 12 hours per week in completing assignments for one 3-credit online graduate course; this includes a substantial amount of time reading and in front of a computer; those employed full-time who have other significant responsibilities should consider whether their schedules allow for such a commitment. A number of the courses involve developing lesson/unit plans and working with one's own students in a dance education setting.

What prerequisites are required for admission to the program?

Admission requirements for all students include coursework from an accredited institution demonstrating proficiency in the following:

  • improvisation and choreography
  • dance technique at the high intermediate or advanced level in one or more forms
  • dance history, including global dance forms and 20th century modern dance
  • music for dance or other significant work in music
  • dance production
  • applied anatomy/kinesiology/injury prevention

When can I begin the program? > Summer 2014 Cohort classes

We admit students in even numbered years only. To facilitate building a supportive community of peers, we admit students into the program only at the beginning of a face-to-face summer course. These require two weeks of residence on campus. The next MA DE cohort begins June 2014.

Our Summer MA DE program course offering is DCE 676 Graduate Choreography taught by master teacher, performer and choreographer, Janet Lilly, June 19 - June 27, 2014, with a June 18 orientation. The application deadline for summer 2014 is April 1, 2014.

When are MADE applications due?

The application deadline for the Summer 2014 MA DE cohort is April 1, 2014.

How do I apply?

The MA in Dance Education, like other programs in the Department, has limited enrollments and the selection process is competitive. For admission, faculty consider the strength of your experience, Undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of reference, and your ability to write and think as evidenced by your application materials. They also will review a video showing your ability to demonstrate skillful movement in dance.

Some parts of the application go through the Graduate School, and some are sent directly to the Dance Department. For more details, please visit the link below:

Application process for the MA in Dance Education (Distance Learning)

APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE DUE BY APRIL 1, 2014

What courses are required to complete the degree?

There are two different paths to earning this degree:

I. MA in Dance Education without licensure (no previous license required): 36 graduate credits required

All courses are 3 credits except as indicated.

  • DCE 560 - The Dancer's Body (Summer, 2016)
  • *DCE 610 - Dance: The Phenomenon I
  • *DCE 611 - Dance: The Phenomenon II
  • *DCE 646 - Reflective Practice
  • *DCE 654 - P-12 Dance Education: Technique and Performance (Teaching Methods, 1 credit)
  • *DCE 655 - P-12 Dance Education: Choreography (Teaching Methods, 1 credit)
  • *DCE 656 - P-12 Dance Education: Critical Thinking/Literacy (Teaching Methods, 1 credit)
  • *DCE 660 - Issues in Planning the Dance Curriculum
  • Graduate Choreography Course (initially offered as DCE 676; Summer, 2014 (Course meets June 21 - July 2 on campus. Advising on June 15 required.)
  • *DCE 698 - Field Project in Dance (6 credits)

Additional requirement in Technique: 4 credits undergraduate technique at an accredited University or equivalent documented study at a professional studio.

PLUS: Electives in Dance, Education or related area (approved by advisor) (9)
(Students who have not completed coursework in diverse learners or educational psychology will be required to do so for elective credit.)

* indicates online course.
II. MA in Dance Education with M (advanced) licensure (only for students who hold the North Carolina Standard Professional I license in Dance): 36 graduate credits required

All courses are 3 credits except as indicated.

  • DCE 560 - The Dancer's Body (Summer, 2016)
  • *DCE 610 - Dance: The Phenomenon I
  • *DCE 611 - Dance: The Phenomenon II
  • *DCE 646 - Reflective Practice
  • *DCE 654 - P-12 Dance Education: Technique and Performance (Teaching Methods, 1 credit)
  • *DCE 655 - P-12 Dance Education: Choreography (Teaching Methods, 1 credit)
  • *DCE 656 - P-12 Dance Education: Critical Thinking/Literacy (Teaching Methods, 1 credit)
  • *DCE 660 - Issues in Planning the Dance Curriculum
  • Graduate Choreography Course (initially offered as DCE 676; Summer, 2014 (Course meets June 21 - July 2 on campus. Advising on June 15 required.)
  • *DCE 693 - Portfolio in K-12 Dance Education (6 credits)

Additional requirement in Technique: 4 credits undergraduate technique at an accredited University or equivalent documented study at a professional studio.

PLUS:

  • One graduate course in Teacher Leadership (3)
  • One graduate course in Human Development and Learning (3)
  • One additional graduate course in education (approved by advisor; course in assessment very strongly recommended) (3)

* indicates online course.

How much does it cost?

(Note that tuition and fees change annually)

On campus courses:

http://web.uncg.edu/dcl/web/summer/registration/tuition_fees.php

The two summer courses must be taken on campus by all students. Costs of room and board are additional, but campus housing is available.

  • For North Carolina residents, the summer 2014 cost of tuition and fees for a 3-credit on-campus course was approximately $223.59
  • For non-North Carolina residents, the summer 2014 cost of tuition and fees for a 3-credit on-campus course was approximately $672.34
Online courses for Distance students:

http://online.uncg.edu/Registration.php#tuition

  • For North Carolina residents who are Distance students, the current (13-14) cost of tuition and fees per credit for an online course is approximately $145.91
  • For non-North Carolina residents who are Distance students, the current (13-14) cost of tuition and fees per credit for an online course is approximately $278.75
Please note:

There are no UNCG scholarships or assistantships available for MA Dance Education Distance Learning students.

MA DE 2012 Cohort

Our Summer 2012 MADE program course offerings are:

  • DCE 560 The Dancer's Body - Somatics for dance education with world-renowned dance scholar and somatics practitioner, Dr. Martha Eddy, June 16 - June 21 from 8-5 pm.
  • DCE 611 The Phenomenon II - Dance Technology with MADE Program Director and dance technology scholar Dr. Mila Parrish June 23-June 27 from 8-5.

What if I have more questions?

Contact the coordinator of the program, Dr. Mila Parrish, milaparrish@uncg.edu.

MA Dance Handbook

Download the Handbook here. (.PDF format, 350.89 KB)

Curriculum

Graduate Bulletin listing for this degree program

A PDF of the entire Graduate Bulletin is available here: Graduate Bulletin.

Visit our Advising page for links to the Plan of Study sheet for this program.