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

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements. In addition to these general requirements, auditions for placement in dance practice classes are required. Placement auditions for new students are held the week before classes begin in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring should schedule a placement audition with a dance advisor or the Department Chair.  For additional information about auditions please visit the Department of Dance Required Placement Assessment Class website.

Teacher Certification

In addition to the general undergraduate admissions requirements, to obtain acceptance into the undergraduate Educator Preparation Program (and prior to taking EDUC 3003EDUC 3482EDUC 4113EDUC 4243, and Clinical Student Teaching) students must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (includes all courses, whether posted to TWU transcript or used on a degree plan. Excludes developmental and repeated courses);
  • Completed EDUC 2003 with a C or better;
  • Demonstrated basic skills in reading, written communication, and mathematics by meeting the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative;
  • Met the following Testing Requirements:
    • Have achieved the following test scores (none of which may be more than 5 years old):
      • Praxis Core: Math 150, Reading 156, Writing 162; or
      • ACT Scores (TWU Code 4224): Verbal 19 (Verbal is the average of the English, Reading, and Science sections); Math, 19, Composite 23; or
    • SAT Scores (TWU Code 6826): 
      • Prior to March 5, 2016: Verbal 500, Math 500, Composite 1070
      • After March 5, 2016: Math 530, EBRW 480; or
    • TExES Pre-admission Content Test (PACT; option available 1/1/2020).
  • Completed the Digital Literacy Pre-assessment;
  • Successfully completed a pre-admission departmental interview with an interview panel;
  • A minimum of 12 to 15 semester credit hours in the subject-specific content area for the certification sought;
  • Completed department application for admission to the Educator Preparation Program;
  • Completed a Commitment Contract acknowledging awareness and understanding of the Dispositions Policy and Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Submitted a non-refundable Texas Education Agency Fee; and
  • Acknowledged and accepted admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

Please note: 

  • All accepted students must maintain the admission requirements to remain in the TWU Education Preparation Program.
  • Admission requirements are determined by Texas Education Agency policies and are subject to change without notice.
  • Students seeking Bilingual certification must meet minimum proficiency in Spanish.
  • Students seeking Deaf/Hard of Hearing certification must meet minimum proficiency in sign.

Contact the Office of Educator Preparation Services (OEPS) at or (940) 898-2829 with any questions.

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

DANCE.BA      CIP Code: 50.0301.00

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.

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, they must still 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 4946. 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
Clinical Student Teaching
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 4113 and EDUC 4243 must be taken during the same semester.
First Year
DNCE 1101Beginning Dance Performance DANC 11511
DNCE 1111Elementary Ballet I 1
DNCE 1151Elementary Modern Dance I 1
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 1
DNCE 1161Elementary Modern Dance II 1
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 1
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 1
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
Summer 1TCCN
DNCE 3913Summer Dance Intensive 3
 SCHs 3
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 4946Clinical Student Teaching 6
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  120

(GP) Satisfies global perspectives graduation requirement.