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Dance Education Program

Students Fall 2012 & After

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with teacher certification is designed to prepare dance educators for teaching in public high schools and other arts education venues. The curriculum provides the dance major with a comprehensive foundation in the content areas that define dance as a discipline as well as the skills necessary to develop in others an appreciation and understanding of dance as an art form. Emphasis in the program is placed on learning how to engage students in a variety of teaching settings in the dance making process (choreography/performance). Focusing on developing the teacher as a facilitator of learning rather than a dispenser of information, the curriculum integrates dance studies with the University general education requirements and a core of professional education courses. This degree program can be completed in four years, however, scheduling conflicts may require taking core curriculum and education courses during the summer. Students entered before Fall 2012, are required to follow the handbook of the year they entered.


120 Credit Hours Required

Summary of the Requirements 

Dance Major

52 Credit Hrs.

Core Curriculum

45 Credit Hrs.

Minor or Related Studies Option

23 Credit Hrs.


120 Credit Hrs.



Admission to the Teacher Education Program is required. Students must apply for admission prior to taking EDUC 3003/3482 and READ 3013. Applications are available from Professional Education, Office of Student Support located in Stoddard Hall Room 211.

Dance Major Courses: 52 Credits Required

Note: The requirements are the same as the Dance Studies Program with a few differences.

Dance Movement Practices: 23 Credits Required

Students are placed in modern and ballet through an entrance placement exam and technique exams each semester. Eleven credits of modern dance/ballet technique are required. The student must achieve the intermediate/ advanced levels in modern dance (DNCE 3151 & 3161) and intermediate ballet (DNCE 2111 & 2121). If a student is placed in the upper levels, she or he still must complete the required number of technique credits. The ballet/modern technique requirement is fulfilled by meeting the minimum competency level and presenting the required number of credits. Except where indicated in the teacher certification program, each dance major must register for at least one modern dance practice course each semester, one ballet dance practice for four semesters, one Urban and Global Dance Practice for two semesters, and one Summer I Workshop in Dance.



(1)     DNCE 1171 Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement
(3)     DNCE 2183 Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description
(3)     DNCE 3193 Experiential Anatomy for Dancers
(3)     DNCE 3913 Workshop in Dance
(13)   Technique Practice Hours:
         Modern (6hrs) and Ballet (4hrs): 
         Elementary = Level I (1151/1161; 1111/1121) 
         Intermediate = Level II (2151/2161; 2111/2121) 
         Intermediate-Advanced = Level III (3151/3161; 3111/3121) 
         Advanced = Level IV (4151/4161; 4111/4121)
         DNCE 3191 Urban and Global Dance Practices (2hrs): Tap, Hip Hop, Folklorico, Flamenco, Jazz, etc.
         DNCE Dance Technique Practice (1hr)
(3)     DNCE 3913 Workshop in Dance
All dance major students are required to take at least one TWU summer Workshop in Dance. These are typically offered during the Summer I semester.

Students may substitute approved summer workshops for up to two technique credits. Each summer workshop will be counted as one credit of technique. If more than one workshop is submitted, one must be taken at TWU. Summer Dance Workshops cannot be used to satisfy the technique competency requirement.

Workshops taken outside of TWU can only be counted toward degree requirements if taken for academic credit at an accredited college or university. Students must seek approval to count the workshop for technique credit prior to enrolling. A proposal should be submitted to the Technique Committee during the semester prior to the workshop. It is the responsibility of the student to pursue the matter of transfer of credits with the Office of the Registrar.


Artistic Process Skills—Dancemaking Tools and Processes: 14 Credits Required


(1) DNCE 1191 Improvisation
(2) DNCE 2202 Dance Composition
(2) DNCE 3292 Choreographic Designs
(2) DNCE 4182 Concert Choreography
(4) DNCE 3101 Dance Performance – 4 hours
(3) DNCE 4133 Dance Production

Transfer students from community colleges (2 yr. schools) may transfer up to two semesters of Dance Performance. Only 2 semester credit hours can be used toward the 4 required credits for Dance Performance.


Dance and Identity: 9 Credits Required


(3) DNCE 3143 World Dance Forms (Global Perspective)
(3) DNCE 3393 History of Dance
(3) DNCE 4393 Contemporary Repertory and Issues in Performance & Choreography

Pedagogical Communities: 6 Credits Required


(3) DNCE 3813 Theories of Teaching Dance Technique
(3) DNCE 4243 Form and Meaning in Children's Dance

University Core Curriculum Courses: 45 Credits Required

(See General Catalog for specific information regarding transfer of credit from other institutions of higher education)

Students who have successfully completed the 45 semester credit core curriculum (indicated on their transcript as Core Complete) at an institution of higher education must also complete 6 hours of Global Perspectives at TWU. However, given the mission of the Dance Department and our commitment to diversity, cultural studies, and the empowerment of women, students are strongly encouraged to take a Multicultural Women0s Studies course.

NOTE: Only those courses approved by the Core Curriculum Committee may be used to satisfy requirements in each of the core areas of study.

** Indicates a Department of Dance Requirement

English (6 Credit Hrs.) 
        ENG 1013 Composition 
        ENG 1023 Composition

History (6 Credit Hrs.) 
         HIST 1013 History of the U.S. 
         HIST 1023 History of the U.S.

Government (6 Credit Hrs.) 
         GOV 2013 United States Gov. 
         GOV 2023 Texas Government

Visual and Performing Arts (3 Credit Hrs.)

Humanities (3 Credit Hrs.) (Literature, Philosophy, Cultural Studies)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credit Hrs.) (Sociology, Psychology)

Mathematics (6 Credit Hrs.) 
         MATH 1013 Quantitative Literacy

Multicultural Women’s Studies (3 Credit Hrs.) 
         WS 2013 Gender and Social Change

Science (6CreditHrs.)


Specific approved courses information

Computer Literacy Competency (3 Hrs)
CSCI 1403 (Related Studies credit)
CSCI 1403 First Course in Computing (TCCNS: COSC 1300 or 1400)
CSCI 2433 Microcomputer Applications (TCCNS: BCIS 1301, BCIS 1305, COSC 1301 or1401)
CSCI 3002 Advanced Computing Technology

(3 Hrs) CSCI 1403 (Related Studies credit)CSCI 1403 First Course in Computing CSCI 2433 Microcomputer Applications CSCI 3002 Advanced Computing Technology

A passing grade on the Computer Literacy Exam will exempt students from taking CSCI.

Oral Communication Competency (3 Hrs)
(SPCH 1013 listed in Related Studies)

Professional Education Courses: 23 Credits Required

NOTE: Students will not be accepted into the Teacher Education Program or be allowed to register for all professional education courses until successful completion of EDUC 2003. Application for admission to the Teacher Education program must be completed, with materials and documentations, prior to enrollment in 3000-level EDUC course work. Registration will be blocked until the entrance exams have been successfully completed.

Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility: 20 credits required

EDUC 2003 Schools and Society

EDUC 3003 Learning Theory and Development – Prerequisite EDUC 2003
EDUC 3482 Diverse Learners and Technology Integration
EDUC 3003 & 3482 must be taken concurrently

EDUC 4113 Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment
EDUC 4243 Classroom Environment and Management
EDUC 4113 & 4243 must be taken concurrently

 EDUC 4006 Student Teaching in Dance

Related Studies in Education: 3 Credits Required

READ 3013 Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum Acceptance to the Teacher Education program is required before registering for this course. A registration code is provided by the Reading Department.

Note: **EDUC 2003 Schools and Society may be taken at a community college. Check with the College of Professional Education Student Support Center, Stoddard Hall 211, to make sure the course has the equivalent number.

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