Dance Education Master of Arts
Online + Summer Greeley Workshops
An Online Dance Education Master's
with Applied Summer Workshops
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The Dance Education Master of Arts program is designed for educators who wish to build their credentials while developing their knowledge in the field of Dance Education. In this program, you will be able to build on your teaching strategies, develop theoretical knowledge as it relates to teaching and learning, and develop your dance/movement skills.
Dance Education MA students will learn the latest and most effective instructional methods for
- Dance/Movement Teaching for K-12 including skills and techniques
- Choreography, Creative Dance Improvisation and Popular Dance Forms
- Dance Performance Production
- Dance History
- Designing Dance/Movement Lessons, Assessments and Learning Dance Research Methods
- Movement and Dance to Teach Non-Dance Concepts and Ideas
- Injury Prevention
This master's program was designed with online delivery in the academic Fall and Spring plus summer workshops to fit into the schedules of current and aspiring dance educators. The summer face to face workshops will include courses on choreography and learning dance forms.
The Dance Education Master of Arts program begins in the Fall of each academic year. A minimum of eight and a maximum of fifteen students will be admitted each year. Applicants must apply by April 1; selections will be made by the end of April.
We also encourage you to visit the Graduate School Dance Education MA webpage or the Performing and Visual Arts Dance Education webpage for more information.
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Dance Education MA—Student Coordinator
UNC Dance Education MA
501 20th St, CB 49
Greeley, CO 80639
Course of Study
Degree Requirements—36 Credits
This focused program consists of
- Three 3-credit online courses spread out over two academic years (graduate transfer credits may also apply);
- Two 3-week summer institutes (one 9-credit institute each summer) for 18 credits;
- One 3-credit 500 level or above approved UNC course, transferable dance course, or transferable graduate level course applicable to student’s interests.
- Six credits of thesis advisement (a written thesis is required of all School of Theatre Arts & Dance Master of Arts degree candidates)
Total of thirty-six (36) credits over two academic years and two summer sessions. The on-campus summer workshops (last 2 weeks of July and first week of August) will involve choreography, learning dance forms, movement skills/technique, pedagogy, interdisciplinary teaching through dance, creative dance, injury prevention, and dance production.
Required Courses—33 credits
DNCE 600 Movement & Dance—Framing a Research Question (3)
DNCE 550 Dance History—Tribal Cultures to Current Times (3)
SUMMER—Face to Face
DNCE 560 Dance Movement Skills & Pedagogical Approaches (3)
DNCE 565 Interdisciplinary Teaching & Advocacy in Dance (3)
DNCE 570 Doing, Teaching, & Appreciating Choreography & Creative Dance I (3)
DNCE 575 Dance Lesson, Curriculum & Assessment Design (3)
DNCE 690 Thesis I (3)
SUMMER—Face to Face
DNCE 693 Popular Dance Forms (3)
DNCE 695 Doing, Teaching & Appreciating Choreography (3)
DNCE 697 Dance Production Techniques (3)
DNCE 699 Thesis II (3)
Before Graduation—Elective Course (3 credits)
One 3-credit 500 level or above approved UNC course, transferable dance course, or transferable graduate level course applicable to student’s interests.
Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the last 60 semester hours of coursework) and a strong desire to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education. A teaching certificate/license is recommended but not required. If a candidate does not have a teaching certificate and would like to work toward certification as well, please visit the following website: http://www.unco.edu/cebs/teachered/sptep.html. The GRE is not required.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Applicable graduate credit may be applied towards this academic program. In order for credits to be accepted toward a degree they must be graduate level credits, be approved by the Academic Advisor, and have a grade of A or B. Once approved by the advisor, students must complete a Petition to Count Work in a Degree Program to have the credit approved by the Grad School. Master’s and specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a master's degree program must be completed within five years. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program.
Tuition, Financial Aid and Health Insurance
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $461 per credit hour.
Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.
Master’s degree students require a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.
To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at www.fafsa.ed.gov/
Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
Student Health Insurance
The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Studies Center or Online.
Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.
Please visit www.unco.edu/ship for more information about the insurance plan.
The program begins in the Fall of each Academic Year. A maximum of fifteen students will be admitted each year. The goal is that each class will reflect a mix of diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests. Applicants must meet the University of Northern Colorado’s graduate admission requirements and apply by April 1.
Selection for the program will be made by the end of April.
Admission to this program is a two-part process:
- Apply to the UNC Graduate School. Apply Now.
- Concurrently submit the following items to the Dance Education MA Academic Program Coordinator (see coordinator contact info above) by email or traditional mail:
- An essay stating your goals for the program and a discussion of why graduate school is an appropriate choice in your career at this time
- A resume including a description of your previous dance experiences
- Three letters of recommendation
Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.