Bachelor of Arts in Dance (8-12 Dance Certification)

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Total Semester Credit Hours

120 semester credit hours.


52 semester credit hours.

Education Minor

26 semester credit hours.

General Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with teacher certification is designed to prepare dance educators for the secondary schools. 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 and cultural phenomenon. 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 development courses. See College of Education and Professional Studies section for certification requirements.

Required Dance Major Courses (52 semester credit hours)

Dance/Movement Practices (23 semester credit hours)

Students are placed in modern and ballet through an entrance placement exam and technique exams each semester. The student must achieve the intermediate/ advanced levels in modern dance and intermediate ballet. 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 contemporary modern dance practice course each semester, one ballet dance practice for four semesters and one Urban and Global Dance Practice for two semesters and one Summer Dance Workshop.

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 (See Handbook). Summer Dance Workshops cannot be used to satisfy the technique competency requirement.

Somatic Practices (7 Semester credit hours)

DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description3
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers3
Total Semester Credit Hours7

Technique Practice (16 semester credit hours)

Modern Dance Practice (based on placement audition)6
Elementary Modern Dance I
Elementary Modern Dance II
Intermediate Modern Dance I
Intermediate Modern Dance II
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I
Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II
Advanced Modern Dance I
Advanced Modern Dance II
Ballet Practice (based on placement audition)4
Elementary Ballet I
Elementary Ballet II
Intermediate Ballet I
Intermediate Ballet II
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet I
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet II
Urban & Global Dance Practice2
Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices
Urban and Global Dance Practices
Summer Dance Intensive3
Summer Dance Intensive
Elective (selected from any of the above courses)1
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Dancemaking (14 semester credit hours)

Choreography Courses7
Dance Composition
Choreographic Designs
Concert Choreography
Performance Courses 7
Beginning Dance Performance (may be taken twice)
Intermediate Dance Performance (may be taken twice)
Advanced Dance Performance (may be taken twice)
Dance Production (must be taken)
Total Semester Credit Hours14

Dance Theory (15 semester credit hours)

Dance and Identity9
Dance and Globalization
History of Dance
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance
Pedagogical Communities6
Theories of Teaching Dance Technique
Children's Dance
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Professional Education Studies: (26 semester credit hours)

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.

Pedagogical and Professional Responsibility20
Schools and Society
Learning Theory and Development
Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration
Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment
Classroom Environment and Management
Student Teaching: Dance
Related Studies in Education6
Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum
Learners with Exceptionalities


  1. 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.
  2. EDUC 3003 and EDUC 3482 must be taken during the same semester
  3. EDUC 4113 and EDUC 4243 must be taken during the same semester

Bachelor of Arts in Dance (8-12 Dance Certification) Program of Study

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance1
DNCE 1111Elementary Ballet I1
DNCE 1151Elementary Modern Dance I1
DNCE 1191Improvisation1
DNCE 2171Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices1
ENG 1013Composition I3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience1
Wellness CAO Core2
 Semester Credit Hours14
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance1
DNCE 1121Elementary Ballet II1
DNCE 1161Elementary Modern Dance II1
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement1
DNCE 2202Dance Composition2
ENG 1023Composition II3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
Mathematics Core3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance1
DNCE 2111Intermediate Ballet I1
DNCE 2143 (GP)Dance and Globalization3
DNCE 2151Intermediate Modern Dance I1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description3
DNCE 3292Choreographic Designs2
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours17
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance1
DNCE 2121Intermediate Ballet II1
DNCE 2161Intermediate Modern Dance II1
EDUC 2003Schools and Society3
WS 2013 (GP)Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Creative Arts Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I1
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers3
DNCE 3393History of Dance3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours16
DNCE 3161Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II1
DNCE 3191Urban and Global Dance Practices1
DNCE 3813Theories of Teaching Dance Technique3
DNCE 4133Dance Production3
DNCE 4393Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I1
DNCE 4182Concert Choreography2
DNCE 4243Children's Dance3
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities3
 Semester Credit Hours15
EDUC 4006Student Teaching: Dance6
 Semester Credit Hours6
Summer 1
DNCE 3913Summer Dance Intensive3
 Semester Credit Hours3
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.