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Point Park Introduces B.A. in Dance Education Certification Pre-K through 12
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Dance Education Certification Pre-K Through 12

Bachelor of Arts

Conservatory of Performing Arts and School of Education

Nationally-Ranked Conservatory Program Offers Direct Path to Dance Education Certification

Beginning fall 2024, Point Park University's nationally-ranked dance program and innovative School of Education will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education Certification Pre-K through 12 program.

The B.A. program creates a direct path for dance students who are not interested in a B.F.A. performance track but want to become a certified dance educator. 

With this in-depth, relevant and content-specific certification, students will learn additional dance methodologies, paired with core education courses, that will strengthen their understanding of child development, diverse learning styles, assessment, communication and differentiated learning practices. 

Pictured is Kiki Lucas leading a warmup in the George Rowland White Performance Center. Photo | Ethan Stoner
Assistant Professor Kiki Lucas teaches a Jazz class in the GRW Performance Center.


Admittance into the B.A. in dance education requires sufficient knowledge of dance as demonstrated in a dance audition OR artistic portfolio review

Artistic Portfolio Eligibility

  • Documentation of five or more years of professional dance teaching, choreography or dance performance experience is required.
  • An interview with the dance department faculty is required for those who are being considered based on their artistic portfolio submission. 
  • Applicants lacking professional dance experience must audition for consideration of admittance to the B.A. in dance education program. 

Students must be academically admitted into Point Park University and artistically admitted into Point Park's Conservatory of Performing Arts. 

The Dance Student Experience 

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Courses & Topics

Courses in the 120-credit B.A. dance education program include:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Music Fundamentals for Dancers
  • Dance Composition
  • Jazz Dance
  • Modern Dance
  • Intro to Teaching Profession
  • Methods of Teaching Dance
  • Assessment and Adaptation
  • Working with English Language Learners
  • Content Area Literacy or Different Reading for Child Development
  • Student Teaching Seminar 
  • Student Teaching Practicum 

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