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 an education minor and 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 education 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 completing 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, one Urban and Global Dance Practice for two semesters, and one Summer Dance Intensive.

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 into the Teacher Education Program while enrolled in EDUC 2003 and prior to enrolling in EDUC 3003/EDUC 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
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance DANC 11511
DNCE 1111Elementary Ballet I DANC 13411
DNCE 1151Elementary Modern Dance I DANC 2145, DANC 13451
DNCE 1191Improvisation DANC 11131
DNCE 2171Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices1
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness CAO Core2
 Semester Credit Hours 14
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance DANC 11511
DNCE 1121Elementary Ballet II DANC 13421
DNCE 1161Elementary Modern Dance II DANC 1346, DANC 21461
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement1
DNCE 2202Dance Composition2
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Mathematics Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Second Year
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance DANC 21511
DNCE 2111Intermediate Ballet I DANC 21411
DNCE 2143 (GP)Dance and Globalization DANC 13053
DNCE 2151Intermediate Modern Dance I DANC 2245, DANC 23451
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description3
DNCE 3292Choreographic Designs2
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 17
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance DANC 21511
DNCE 2121Intermediate Ballet II DANC 2142, DANC 23411
DNCE 2161Intermediate Modern Dance II DANC 2246, DANC 23461
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
WS 2013Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Creative Arts Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 18
Third Year
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I1
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers3
DNCE 3393History of Dance3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities EDUC 23013
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 16
DNCE 3161Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II1
DNCE 3191Urban and Global Dance Practices DANC 2122, DANC 21231
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 Hours 16
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
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
EDUC 4006Student Teaching: Dance6
 Semester Credit Hours 6
Summer 1TCCN
DNCE 3913Summer Dance Intensive3
 Semester Credit Hours 3
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120