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Point Park University Announces First in Pennsylvania Master’s in Pre-K through 12 Dance Education Certification Program
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Pre-K Through 12 Dance Education

Master of Education in Pre-K Through 12 Dance Certification

Fully online program

Expand Your Dance Career Possibilities

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. 

Eligibility

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.

M.Ed. Program at a Glance

  • Fully online, flexible format
  • 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 Pedagogy
  • Dance Aesthetics & Criticism
  • Dance History
  • 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 

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Online Program Details

Point Park’s online programs are offered in a flexible format at an affordable cost. Online courses are 8 weeks long and are always offered asynchronously for your convenience. 

Online students have access to the same great benefits as those on campus:

  • Point Park faculty with real-world experience.
  • Small online class sizes for individualized attention.
  • A full spectrum of University resources.
  • A student success advisor offering support from application to graduation, who will guide you to successfully complete your degree.

Cohorts begin every semester. Apply now!

Learn More

Contact Jodi Golis, admissions counselor in the Office of Graduate and Online Admissions, at 412-392-3812 or jgolis@pointpark.edu. Use the button below to schedule a call with her.