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.

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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

Christy O'Connell-Black
(970) 351-4133

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.


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