Teaching Dance, All Grades (MA)

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Program Description

The Master of Arts program in Teaching Dance, All Grades leads to eligibility for initial New York State teacher certification. Students complete one semester of fieldwork and two semesters of supervised student teaching at New York City schools.

The program's approach emphasizes the integration of the mind and body in the context of cultural practices through research and pedagogic- and discipline-based inquiries and facilitates the growth of creative and critical thinking abilities, thereby increasing your knowledge and expertise in dance and dance education.

Discipline-based studies and scholarly research increases students’ knowledge and expertise and transforms the way educators understand and teach dance. For this reason, the programs’ faculty focus on creative, pedagogical, and research-based inquiries. A creative-based inquiry allows the dancer to master their craft with coursework that includes choreography, technique, and improvisation. Pedagogical-based inquiry enables deep understanding of learning and teaching processes with courses in teaching methods, and curriculum development. The research-based inquiry provides theory and methods courses for creating new knowledge in the field of dance education. Each line of inquiry incorporates practices based in social justice and community engagement.

Accreditation (AAQEP)

The New York University Teacher Education Program, which is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of teaching and leadership in today’s demanding educational environment, is granted accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality Educator Programs (AAQEP) for a period of seven years, from April 2020 to June 2027. This accreditation certifies that the fore-named professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to AAQEP’s quality principles.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See How to Apply for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.