Point Park University's innovative School of Education and world-renowned Conservatory of Performing Arts are proud to be the first in Pennsylvania to offer a Master of Education in PreK-12 Dance Education Certification program, an opportunity for dance professionals to broaden their skillset in teaching the art of dance. With this in-depth, relevant and content-specific certification, dancers who envision a career outside of performance will be well-prepared and competitive in the workforce.
Students eligible for the M.Ed. in PreK-12 Dance Education Certification include current or future Point Park dance students pursuing their Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and to any student who has earned a B.F.A. or B.A. in dance from other institutions. Eligible, current Point Park students will be able to start their coursework in Spring 2024. Students with professional dance and/or dance teaching experience may also be considered for admission.
Includes 11 courses, as well as student teaching and a seminar, totaling 42 credits
A distinctive blend of dance pedagogy and educator core competencies, taught by experienced professors who are skilled at supporting students' needs, career-readiness and quest for artistic excellence
Students will strengthen their understanding of child development, diverse learning styles, assessment, communication and differentiated learning practices.
"This new program is being offered by one of the best dance programs in the country and is a fantastic opportunity for a student who wants to simultaneously pursue a professional career in dance and also in education. This is a wonderful way for dance students to expand their career options and earn a second degree in a timely manner." – Amil Brothers, current B.F.A./M.Ed. PreK-4 student
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Courses & Topics
Courses in the 42-credit Master of Education in PreK-12 Dance Education Certification program include:
Dance Aesthetics & Criticism
Production and Technology
Choreography and Composition
Teaching Dance Methods PK-12
Culturally Responsive Schools
Special Education & Inclusive Practices
Differentiated Instructional Practice
Positive Behavioral Interventions
Methods of Teaching English Language Learners
Student Teaching Seminar - Dance Education
Student Teaching Practicum
Meet Our Faculty
Colleen Hooper, Ph.D., dance historian
“We offer a conservatory dance education in a liberal arts university, and our students are uniquely prepared for a range of opportunities following graduation. Our approach to training builds versatility and encourages students to refine their individual performance styles.”
Kamryn York, Ed.D., assistant professor of education
"The faculty in the School of Education are consistently devoted to our own learning and development in the field of education. We are passionate and excited to work with our students to help them become prepared individuals for the workforce."
"To be a dance major at Point Park means that you will work harder than you ever have before, but you will also be rewarded with incredible memories and friends that will be so unique to your experience. The dance program helps push your limits and sets you up for a successful career."
"I recommend Point Park’s School of Education because the department embodies what they teach. When you enroll, you see diversity amongst your peers. You are offered inclusive learning opportunities tailored to your needs."
"Having a degree in dance from Point Park University has helped me earn respect from my colleagues. Graduating from the program says something about the kind of student you are, and the level of excellence you bring."
"I tell students everywhere I go that you have to have an unshakable base of technique and an undeniable sense of self, style and individuality, all of which were embedded in me throughout my four inspiring years at Point Park."