The Master of Arts in Dance leading to Initial PreK-12 Dance Teacher Certification is a degree designed specifically for the pre-service dance educator seeking initial teacher certification for grades pre-kindergarten through 12. Completion of this degree leads to eligibility for New York State certification as a teacher of dance, pre-K-12, with reciprocity in numerous states. During the second year of study, the students complete student multiple teaching placements in Rochester, NY and other area schools under the guidance of experienced faculty.
Upon completion of their degrees, Brockport graduate students with NYS certification go on to become public and private school teachers; teaching artists; arts administrators; or they pursue a variety of other careers focusing on the role of dance in teaching and learning for children and youth.
The Department of Dance offers three different graduate programs through which students can earn the MA in dance leading to New York State PreK-12 dance teacher certification, an MA in dance, or an MFA in dance. Students in the department’s highly selective graduate programs excel in the studio and on stage, and as critical thinkers, writers and teachers.
The department has some of the best dance facilities in the country, including its own fully equipped 300-seat proscenium dance theater, a 270-seat large-space studio theater, five studios, a body-conditioning lab, health pool, and computerized music and design studios. Faculty and professional staff are nationally and internationally recognized in their areas of expertise and are leaders in professional organizations such as CORD, NASD and NDEO. The College at Brockport is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance.
Prospective students apply to the program through the Graduate School. The following requirements are necessary for consideration:
NOTE:A maximum of 12 transfer credits may be earned at other colleges and universities with the approval of the department. Six transfer credits may be earned, upon approval, at units outside the State University of New York system. Twelve credits may be transferred, with approval, from within the SUNY system, or from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Dance professionals may be eligible for up to 12 credits by examination and/or portfolio.
Students must meet the requirements established by the College for graduate study.
Master of Arts in Dance with Initial PreK-12 Dance Teacher Certification is an option that can lead to New York State Dance Teacher Certification.
Required minimum grades: Grades of “C” or better are required for all courses. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.0 is subject to review for retention in the program.
Students cannot receive graduate credit for a course already completed at the undergraduate level (“swing courses”).
The 45-credit program includes:
The State of New York Department of Education offers initial teacher certification in dance (PreK-12). This program is designed and approved to meet the academic requirements for NYS certification. There are additional requirements for initial teacher certification. As of the publication of the catalog, the additional requirements include:
Some students may already have met the additional requirements as an undergraduate or through teacher certification in another area. All students have the option to satisfy any unmet requirements during their course of study at Brockport.
Note: Permanent NYS certification requires three years of full-time, PreK-12 teaching.
Because the State of New York Department of Education controls the criteria for eligibility, this College and Department cannot be held responsible for changes made during your matriculation and/or after your graduation. Students are advised to consult with Brockport's Certification Office and maintain awareness of changes that may happen to their certification requirements.
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Assistant Professor/Music Director for Dance Tamara Wilcox, Sponsored Guest Artist at the University of Arizona School of Dance