EdM Dance Education

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INTERIM DIRECTOR - Frederick Curry
Graduate Programs Administrative Assistant - Colleen H. Klein


Inspirational teaching begins at the heart of artistry.   

The EdM Dance Education program community realizes how important it is for students to continue their artistic pursuits. This is because we understand artistry and teaching as symbiotic by nature. The individual’s own evolving artistic knowledge is the foundation from which we encourage the development of a dance teaching practice as a new channel of artistic inquiry.  Grappling with how to transform artistic knowledge into meaningful learning experiences for others is what is at the heart of graduate study in our program. 

Enriched by a unique partnership between the Graduate School of Education, New Jersey's premier college conservatory, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and partnerships with schools and professional agencies, the Dance Education Program is a nationally accredited degree program and a model of excellence for the preparation of dance educators. Students finish the program with a solid education degree, a teaching portfolio, the option for K-12 dance teacher certification and multiple career options or advancement within dance and the education field.

Our central location in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has allowed the program to develop partnerships with New York City schools and professional programs, draw expert faculty and to build professional networking opportunities for our students. The Rutgers campus offers spacious studio facilities and a wide array of university recreation on a beautiful, suburban campus. Our students find it easy to commute to or from New York City, Northern New Jersey and the Philadelphia area.    


The Dance Education Program offers three distinct tracks of graduate level degree study for the aspiring and the experienced artist-teacher. Two of the tracks lead to teacher certification. The program accepts applications from current Mason Gross BFA students, Mason Gross alumni, as well as from applicants with pre-existing undergraduate degrees from other accredited universities. 

Five-Year BFA + Master's Degree (EdM) with Teacher Certification

Master's Degree (EdM) with Teacher Certification

Master's Degree (EdM) Non-Certification 


The vision of the Dance Education Program is to sustain a community of artist-teacher-learners committed to developing the diverse, creative voices of children, adolescents, and young adults. At the foundation of this is a belief that young people have important artistic insights to contribute within a wide spectrum of dance artistry. The focus of graduate study is to examine methods of revealing, developing, and advocating for the artistic identities of our nation’s young people in contexts such as PK-12 schools, pre-professional programs, dance companies, community programs, and university networks.

In alignment with the NDEO Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts and the New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers [PDF], we believe a highly qualified dance teacher is a skilled artist with an educational repertoire that includes pedagogical knowledge, knowledge learners and the ability to sustain a professional practice.  Our graduates have learned how to develop young dancer-performers as well as standards-based curriculum in support of young choreographers, dance critics and dance historians.  In alignment with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, our graduates strive to cultivate creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and literacy so as to contribute to the growth, self-efficacy, and employability of all students.
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The goal of the Dance Education Program is to prepare individuals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be effective dance educators. This is nurtured through coursework, continued opportunities for developing artistry, community dialogue and events, peer collaboration, independent projects, fieldwork, and mentored internship.

The program has three supporting outcomes:

  • To develop knowledge about the historical development of dance education and multiple perspectives on current issues
  • To develop knowledge about the pedagogy of teaching dance, and how individual differences among children with respect to abilities, and social, economic, and cultural backgrounds influence learning
  • To develop skills in designing curriculum, applying instructional strategies, developing class management techniques, as well as constructing and implementing assessments

The Master's Degree (EdM) program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).


For more information on the EdM Dance Education Program, contact Colleen Klein, Graduate Program Administrative Assistant at


Frederick Curry, MA, CMA –  Interim Graduate Director - EdM Program in Dance Education


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