EdM Program Highlights

EdM Program Highlights


PCK-Centered Curriculum:  Teaching in education-based communities such as PK-12 schools requires expertise beyond the studio.  The Master’s Degree in Dance Education program provides dance pedagogy courses as well as education-based courses. The conservatory environment provides support for ongoing artistry and creative inquiry that is at the heart of informing teaching perspectives.

Qualified Faculty:  Core faculty of the Ed.M. program are NJ and NY PK-12 certified teachers and share their professional expertise acquired from working full-time in PK-12 schools as well as other professional credits.

Practicum:  Students enrolled in one of the certification tracks participate in over 60 hours of teaching practicums with expert mentor teachers in New Jersey and New York City PK-12 schools. 

Student Teaching Internship:  Students in one of the certification tracks complete a full-time, semester long teaching internship with an expert PK-12 cooperating teacher.  Students also receive bi-weekly, one-on-one mentoring from a Rutgers dance supervisor/faculty member.

Local Dance Initiatives:  Students and alumni serve various local dance initiatives in which they network with arts-education policy-makers to promote dance in PK-12 schools.

 Conferences:  Graduate students attend and participate in local, national and international education and dance education conferences such as:  DanceNJ, National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), dance and the Child international (daCi), National Dance Association (NDA), New Jersey Alliance for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD), Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD), and American Educational Research Association (AERA). 

Technical and Creative Development:  Students who desire to continue their technical study may apply to join various technique classes at the reduced rate of .5 credits.  Students may also register for courses in improvisation, choreography, anatomy, music for dance and dance history to refresh and augment their studies.  In addition, students may propose creative projects and thesis research for Graduate Independent Study under the advisement of our dance faculty. 

Performance Opportunities:  Graduate students may participate in extra-curricular performance opportunities at Mason Gross.  Each year the dance department sponsors graduate repertory for the DancePlus spring concert. The Graduate Dance Concert provides an opportunity for graduate students to create and audition original works and collaborate with PK-12 schools to develop children’s performance pieces to be showcased at Mason Gross.

Additional Teaching Endorsements: Students have the option of completing partial credit toward additional teaching endorsements at the GSE such as the Special Education endorsement or Preschool through 3 endorsements.  Students interested in the GSE Supervisor endorsement or the Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant (LDT-C) endorsement must possess a NJ Standard certificate and three years of full-time classroom teaching experience in order to register for the approved courses. For more information on endorsements:

Doctoral Study/College Teaching Preparation:  Graduate students interested in eventual doctoral study and eventual college teaching may set up post-secondary student teaching opportunities with our faculty in our department B.F.A. and B.A. courses.  Graduate students also have the option to propose a thesis and conduct research under the advisement of our doctoral level dance faculty. 

Continuing Education: The Mason Gross Dance Teacher Advancement venue and workshops provide an on-going professional development network that integrates students with the larger dance education community and supports their on-going work and learning needs after graduation.

A Teacher Preparation Program with Local, National, and Global Reach

The Graduate School of Education encourages international applicants and encourages international study though Global Reach opportunities.

Our faculty has international and nationwide networks through Fulbright projects and our active membership with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)Dance and the Child International (daCi), and accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Our extensive networks through our service to the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Visual and Performing Arts, our active membership with Dance New Jersey, our alumni network, and our faculty expertise in New York teacher certification provide an advantage for the college-to-profession transition.