Bachelor of Arts in Dance (6-12 Dance Certification)

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 52 sch    Required Minor: 26 sch

DANCE.BA      CIP Code: 50.0301.00

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 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 facilitate an appreciation and understanding of dance as an art form and cultural phenomenon in others. 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. 


Please refer to the Admission section of this catalog regarding acceptance into TWU.

To obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program, you must have:

(All criteria required before taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching)

  • Completion of EDUC 2003 (C or better)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Demonstrate basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Testing Requirements (please note: all testing requirements are subject to change)
    • TASP/THEA Scores: Reading 260, Math 240, Writing 240; OR
    • Accuplacer Scores: Reading 80, Math 65, Writing 82/6; OR
    • ACT Scores: Verbal 19, Math 19, Composite 23; OR
    • SAT Scores:
      • Prior to March 5, 2016 - Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070;
      • On/After March 5, 2016 – EBRW 480, Math 530

                         ACT and SAT scores cannot be more than five years old

  • Successful completion of a pre-admission interview with assigned faculty advisor
  • Minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought
  • Signed application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program
  • Signed Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics
  • Submit a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee
  • Acknowledgment and acceptance of admission to the Educator Preparation Program

Students must maintain the admission requirements to remain a student in the TWU Educator Preparation Program.

Special Requirements:

Students must earn a B or higher in the following courses: DNCE 2143, DNCE 2183, DNCE 3292, DNCE 3393, DNCE 3813, DNCE 4133 and DNCE 4243.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42
Placement/Technique Exams

Students are placed in modern and ballet through an entrance placement exam and technique exams each semester. The student must achieve the minimum competency level, two semesters of Level 3 in modern dance and two semesters of Level 2 in 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. With Chair approval, students may take an additional Summer Dance Intensive to substitute for one Dance Practice credit. Summer Dance Intensives cannot be used to satisfy the Dance Practice competency requirements.

Somatic Practices (7 Semester credit hours)
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description3
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers3
Total SCHs7
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 SCHs16
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 SCHs14
Dance Theory (15 semester credit hours)
Dance and Identity9
Dance and Globalization (GP)
History of Dance
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance
Pedagogical Communities6
Theories of Teaching Dance Technique
Children's Dance
Total SCHs15
Professional Education Studies: (26 semester credit hours)

Admission to the Educator Preparation Program is required. Students must apply for admission into the Educator Preparation Program while enrolled in EDUC 2003 and prior to enrolling in EDUC 3003/EDUC 3482EDUC 4113/EDUC 4243, and EDUC 4006. Applications are available from the Office of Educator Preparation Services.

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
Total SCHs26

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement. 


  1. EDUC 2003 Schools and Society may be taken at a community college. Check with the College of Professional Education Office of Educator Preparation Services, 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.
First Year
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance DANC 11511
DNCE 1111Elementary Ballet I DANC 13411
DNCE 1151Elementary Modern Dance I DANC 13451
DNCE 1191Improvisation DANC 12011
DNCE 2171Beginning Urban and Global Dance Practices DANC 22471
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
 SCHs 14
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance DANC 11511
DNCE 1121Elementary Ballet II DANC 13421
DNCE 1161Elementary Modern Dance II DANC 13461
DNCE 1171Bartenieff Fundamentals of Movement 1
DNCE 2202Dance Composition DANC 13012
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Mathematics Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance DANC 21511
DNCE 2111Intermediate Ballet I DANC 22421
DNCE 2143 (GP)Dance and Globalization DANC 13053
DNCE 2151Intermediate Modern Dance I 1
DNCE 2183Introduction to Movement Analysis and Description 3
DNCE 3292Choreographic Designs 2
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 17
DNCE 2101Intermediate Dance Performance DANC 21511
DNCE 2121Intermediate Ballet II DANC 23421
DNCE 2161Intermediate Modern Dance II 1
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
WS 2013Gender and Social Change: An Introduction to Multicultural-Women's Studies 3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Creative Arts Core3
Life/Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 18
Third Year
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I 1
DNCE 3193Experiential Anatomy for Dancers 3
DNCE 3393History of Dance 3
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum 3
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities 3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
 SCHs 16
DNCE 3161Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance II 1
DNCE 3191Urban and Global Dance Practices 1
DNCE 3813Theories of Teaching Dance Technique 3
DNCE 4133Dance Production 3
DNCE 4393Contemporary Trends and Issues in Choreography and Performance 3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development 3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration 2
 SCHs 16
Fourth Year
DNCE 3151Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance I 1
DNCE 4182Concert Choreography 2
DNCE 4243Children's Dance 3
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment 3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management 3
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
EDUC 4006Student Teaching: Dance 6
 SCHs 6
Summer 1TCCN
DNCE 3913Summer Dance Intensive 3
 SCHs 3
 Total SCHs:  120

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.