If you are an undergraduate dance student at Point Park University interested in expanding your career options in the education field, explore our accelerated, dual degree program.
Our distinct program gives you an affordable opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance — and a Master of Education certification in Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade — in 4 ½ years.
“Many dancers are passionate about education, and the M.Ed. degree provides students with conceptual and practical knowledge to support their teaching practice,” said Colleen Hooper, Ph.D., chair of dance. “In addition, earning a Pennsylvania teaching certification in Pre-K through fourth grade creates career opportunities for students who want to share their dance artistry with young people in the classroom.”
“Through the years, a number of students wanted to be able to double major in Pre-K through fourth grade and dance. We know that many of our dance majors teach in studios, or in the future would like to own their own studio,” said Darlene Marnich, Ph.D., professor and founding dean of the School of Education. “Having the M.Ed. will help them understand the pedagogy necessary to work with children. Plus, the PA teaching certification provides graduates another career opportunity that a minor in education would not provide.”
This added opportunity for students allows you to apply to the M.Ed. program during your sophomore year as a B.F.A. dance major, and if accepted, begin taking fully-online graduate education classes the summer after sophomore year. All summer credits taken prior to B.F.A. graduation are billed at the part-time undergraduate rate.
You will continue taking fully-online graduate education courses during the fall and spring semesters of your junior and senior year, as well as during the summer before senior year. All online graduate education courses taken during your time in the B.F.A. program are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate.
"The B.F.A./M.Ed. program works to maximize tuition dollars during their junior and senior year," said Marnich. "While paying undergraduate full-time tuition, graduate work is included for no additional tuition during the fall and spring semesters. It really is an incredible opportunity."
The fall semester after earning a B.F.A. in dance, students begin their student teaching assignment and upon successful completion, they will graduate in December with an M.Ed. degree.
The first cohort of Point Park dance students will begin the M.Ed. (Pre-K through 4th certification) in May.
- When applying online, select online degrees, create an account (activate) and begin the application.
- Then select online designation status.
Point Park University students read a story to children at Wee Care Children's Center in Heidelberg, Pa.
Feedback From Students Enrolled in the B.F.A./M.Ed. Program
- "When I was in high school, I was torn between going to college for dance or early childhood education. Ultimately, I chose Point Park's dance program because the professors have very successful careers, and the alumni are working in the field shortly after graduating. When I learned about this new opportunity for students, I knew I wanted to enroll because of my love for early childhood education. This is a great way to earn two degrees in a timely manner. I am so excited to begin in May!" — Sabrina Breslin, a dance major from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- "For any dancer, the ability to teach is not only beneficial for a room of students, but for personal development as well. I chose Point Park because of its highly-acclaimed dance program, and it has surpassed all expectations of demonstrating tools to help all students feel ready for their career. By overlapping fields of study, students in the B.F.A./M.Ed. are encouraged to see how far their career can stretch, while acquiring skills that make them well-rounded and employable." — Sophia Alberico, a dance major from Forest Trail Academy in Chicago, Ill.
- "I would recommend this opportunity for a variety of reasons. First, it's being offered by one of the best dance programs in the country. Second, this is a fantastic opportunity for a student who wants to simultaneously pursue a professional career in dance and also in education. Many professional dancers later choose to go back to school to further or continue their education. It's not often that an opportunity like this is available to students." — Amil Brothers, a dance major from Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, N.C.
- "The realistic side of this program is what makes it worth it. Since I will graduate with my bachelor's and master's in 4 1/2 years, it saves me so much time and stress while I accomplish my first dream — dance. Obtaining my master's in education is also very beneficial because my second dream is to integrate dance into school districts as a form of therapy for students. This dual program gives me the space and time to make my dreams come true!" — Giovanna Taddeo, a dance major from Rumson Fair-Haven High School in Rumson, N.J.