dance

FAQs

General

 
 

Five Year Dual BFA, EdM Track

 

EdM Teacher Certification Track

 

Professional Teacher Track

 

General

What is studied in the EdM program?

The EdM curriculum includes dance pedagogy and education courses aligned to PK-12 student learning standards and professional teaching standards. Depending on the track on which an individual student is enrolled, additional courses in dance and dance theory may be required. During the program, students enrolled as of Fall 2014 will interface with the Teachscape on-line platform and develop artifacts for a web-based teaching portfolio aligned to the Danielson Framework for Teaching that serves as a network into professional education contexts. Please consult the individual control sheets for each EdM track for further information:

 

Are all dance education degrees the same?

No. There are generalized degrees in dance education and specific degrees that lead to PK-12 dance teacher certification. A generalized dance education degree does not focus on specific teaching contexts or age spans, and may not lead to a teacher certification credential. In contrast, a specific degree leading to PK-12 certification focuses specifically on teaching children, teenagers, and young adults within the highly regulated, educational context of the PK-12 schools.  If you want the option to teach in the PK-12 schools, you need a program that is accredited for teacher preparation like the Rutgers Five Year Dual BFA, EdM degree track or the EdM Teacher Certification degree track.

What makes the EdM degree at Rutgers distinctive from other dance education degrees?

The Five Year Dual BFA, EdM track is unique in the country. No other university pairs advanced artistry training with a master’s degree in dance education and teacher certification credentialing.

All Rutgers dance education degree tracks were designed to be praxis-oriented and to fuse the artistry of teaching and the teaching of artistry. Theory is dovetailed with practical, hands-on experience, offering students a theoretical baseline and the creative opportunity to apply theory while developing a personalized teaching repertoire.

The Department of Dance is embedded in a professional arts school and is a vibrant community of dance artists, musicians, visual artists, and theater artists with the opportunity for interdisciplinary study and collaboration. Rutgers University’s proximity to New York City, Newark, Trenton, and Philadelphia provides ample prospects for exploring the artistic and educational resources of these cultural centers. Students will be able to explore these resources during 60 hours of guided fieldwork practicum.

The faculty includes dedicated professionals who have worked extensively with children, adolescents and young adults, hold teacher certification in dance, are active members of professional networks, and have worked in multiple contexts such as PK-12 schools, community centers, studios, pre-professional schools, and dance companies. Their expertise for the variation and demands in different youth contexts addresses the needs of both the novice and experienced dance educator.

May individuals who have undergraduate degrees in a subject other than dance apply for the EdM degree?

The New Jersey State Department of Education requires that individuals have at least 30 credits of comprehensive dance study at the university level in order to be considered for acceptance into the EdM program.  Comprehensive study includes multiple semesters of study in dance technique, performance and repertory, choreography/composition, improvisation, music for dance, anatomy and kinesiologyLaban movement analysis, dance history, and stage production, etc.  Certified teachers of dance are expected to be able to use as well as teach this content to pupils. This aligns with both the state as well as national standards for teachers as well as learning standards for students. Individuals who do not have comprehensive dance study are welcome to apply to the BFA program and subsequently apply to the EdM program. In this instance, liberal arts courses would not have to be repeated. To learn more about expectations for teachers follow the links below:

 

Will the Rutgers BA degree in dance lead to PK-12 dance-teacher certification?

Students enrolled in the Mason Gross BA or minor tracks are encouraged to audition and apply for the EdM Teacher Certification degree after graduating from the BA. This track can be completed in two, full-time years of study or part-time study. To be eligible for the Five Year Dual degree track a BA can optionally audition to transfer to the BFA degree program and then apply to the Five Year Dual BFA, EdM degree track during the junior year of study. If you have additional questions, please contact Carol Larkin at carol.larkin@rutgers.edu.

What is the best track for BFA and BA alumni who want to return to Rutgers for the EdM degree?

Individuals who have completed their BFA or BA in dance and want to return to Rutgers for the EdM degree should apply to the EdM Teacher Certification Track. This degree track may be completed in two years of full-time study, or part-time study with completion within five years. Returning alumni will be exposed to different faculty, including dance pedagogy and education faculty specific to the EdM program and may opt to continue technical study and to take other optional dance courses with Dance Department faculty.

Can undergraduate education courses be transferred onto the EdM track?

All education courses taken during the Five Year Dual BFA, EdM track apply toward the EdM degree. Only graduate-level education credit can be transferred on to the EdM Teacher Certification and the EdM Professional Teacher tracks. However, previous education study is an advantage in applying to the program.

Can graduate-level dance, education, and dance education credit be transferred to the EdM program?

Yes. It may be possible to transfer graduate-level dance, dance education, and education courses to any of the EdM tracks. Any transfer of credit will be determined upon transcript review at the time of admission. Transcripts are not reviewed prior to application to the program.

Why is it necessary to be certified in order to teach dance in the PK-12 schools?

Employment in PK-12 public schools requires teachers to be certified in their subject area. Teaching in a private school of dance as compared to teaching dance in an elementary or secondary school differs in numerous ways, not excluding considerations of students’ rights within educational law. The high accountability required of all teachers in PK-12 schools requires special knowledge in adjunct subjects such as learning theory, diversity, special needs, assessment, curriculum design, child development, and classroom management. University teacher certification programs specifically address the PK-12 school landscape with guidance from faculty members who have led successful careers in the PK-12 schools.

Is PK-12 dance teacher certification applicable to careers outside of the PK-12 schools?

PK-12 dance teacher certification is a respected credential that indicates to future employers or doctoral programs that you have a specialized education that benefits you with insights on issues in dance education, dance pedagogy and PK-12 school settings. Dance companies and arts organizations, for example, rely on funding from programming in PK-12 schools and value this knowledge, giving you an edge in employment. Universities are increasingly hiring faculty with pedagogy expertise who can develop pre-professional dance as well as teacher preparation programs.

What career opportunities does a graduate degree in dance education enhance?

Just as technical training is foundational to a performance career, study in dance pedagogy is foundational for a teaching career in dance. Dancers who have educational knowledge are highly sought after for professional employment as:

  • Certified dance educator in a PK-12 school
  • Master teachers for dance company residencies in K-12 schools and universities
  • Educational directors for dance companies and arts institutions
  • Faculty for professional schools associated with major dance companies
  • Instructors and studio directors in private schools of dance
  • Instructors and directors for community-based dance programs
  • Instructors and directors of college preparatory programs in dance
  • Curriculum consultants for companies, studios, arts organizations, K-12 schools, and universities
  • Staff developers for faculty at companies, studios, arts organizations, K-12 schools, and universities
  • PK-12 teaching artists for nonprofit arts organizations
  • Higher education faculty in colleges and universities
  • Funded researchers in the fields of arts and education

 

Will the EdM degree lead to a job in a university setting?

Individuals with an EdM degree are eligible to apply for adjunct and full-time jobs in community colleges and four-year university settings. However, the degree title alone will not land a job in these settings. Experience in professional performance, choreography and publishing amongst other credentials are typically sought for university positions. Increasingly, universities seek to hire individuals with a PhD or EdD degree. The EdM degree offers competitive opportunities, such as paid Teaching Assistantships instructing in our BA and BFA courses, teaching positions in our Summer Pre-College Conservatory and also provides the scholarly background to enable graduates to apply to doctoral programs. Starting salaries in PK-12 schools typically meet or out-achieve those in higher education.

Five Year Dual BFA, EdM Track

How can a current BFA track into the EdM Program?

No, coursework for the dual BFA/EdM begins in the sophomore or junior year, so regularly matriculated BFA students may join the degree program after the first year. All BFA students are required to complete an introductory pedagogy course in sophomore year, so if upon entering Rutgers students are not sure about the dual degree, they will have the opportunity to work with the dance education faculty and explore the dual-degree option.

Can students still perform in department concerts while studying for the EdM degree?

Yes, BFA students tracking toward the EdM degree may participate in all performance opportunities including the graduate guest artist work rehearsed in NYC during spring semesters which is limited to only those BFAs tracking toward the EdM degree. During the internship semester in the fall of the fifth year, after the BFA degree has been obtained, students are limited to committing to one student or faculty work. During the fifth year final semester, students may participate in more than one student or faculty work, and typically participate in the graduate guest artist work.

Can a BFA student extend completion of the EdM degree beyond the fifth year?

Yes, BFA students tracking toward the EdM degree need not complete the EdM degree during the fifth year and may extend it by up to several years. This is a good option for students who want to slow the pace or attend the EdM program as a part-time student while working or auditioning for professional work.

Can students be dual enrolled in the Pilates Teacher program?

No, the Graduate School of Education does not permit EdM students to be dual enrolled in another professional or graduate program during completion of the EdM degree. BFA students who wish to track to the EdM should complete the Pilates program during the Junior year.  Applicants to the EdM Teacher Certification or EdM Professional Teacher tracks may complete the Pilates program either before or after the EdM degree.

EdM Teacher Certification Track

Is part-time study an option?

Yes, individuals applying to the EdM Teacher Certification track may opt for part-time study. Once accepted to the program you will make a degree plan. Students have up to five years to complete the degree.

Can students be dual enrolled in the Pilates Teacher program?

No, the Graduate School of Education does not permit EdM students to be dual enrolled in another professional or graduate program during completion of the EdM degree. BFA students who wish to track to the EdM should complete the Pilates program during the Junior year.  Applicants to the EdM Teacher Certification or EdM Professional Teacher tracks may complete the Pilates program either before or after the EdM degree.

Can students enroll in technique and other dance opportunities when completing the EdM?

Yes, EdM students may enroll in technique classes at the reduced cost of .5 credits and may arrange to take other dance courses at the regular credit load. After admission, during your first advisement session please indicate your interest in enrolling in technique or other dance courses.

Will the teacher certification apply to other states beyond New Jersey?

Yes, New Jersey teacher certification in dance has reciprocity in approximately 36 other states. Check the “reciprocity” page of the Department of Education website for your selected state to see if New Jersey certificates, including dance certificates are accepted. Options vary from state to state.

Professional Teacher Track

Can the Professional Teacher Track be individualized?

Yes, individuals with pre-existing teacher certification who have been accepted to the EdM Professional Teacher Track may individualize their degree program to meet their individual goals. Many of the existing education courses can be replaced with courses of equal value.

Can students be dual enrolled in the Pilates Teacher program?

No, the Graduate School of Education does not permit EdM students to be dual enrolled in another professional or graduate program during completion of the EdM degree. BFA students who wish to track to the EdM should complete the Pilates program during the Junior year.  Applicants to the EdM Teacher Certification or EdM Professional Teacher tracks may complete the Pilates program either before or after the EdM degree.

Is part-time study an option?

Yes, individuals applying to the EdM Professional Teacher track may opt for part-time study. Once accepted to the program you will make a degree plan. Students have up to five years to complete the degree.

What funding is available for Professional Teachers?

Individuals currently employed in a PK-12 school district should check with their local Board of Education personnel office to see if tuition remission benefits are available. Most of the professional teachers in the EdM program receive tuition assistance from their school district.

Are evening courses available?

Yes, late afternoon and evening sections of all courses are available.

What additional endorsements are available?

The Graduate School of Education offers numerous other teaching endorsement programs.  Students on the EdM Professional Teacher track may replace several of the existing courses with courses that satisfy the requirements of other endorsements.  For more information about endorsements:  http://gse.rutgers.edu/academic-programs/certificate-and-endorsement-programs