Through its relationship with the Department of Dance, UMBC’s Education Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study leading to K-12 Dance teacher initial certification recognized in Maryland and 30 other states. UMBC’s certification programs are approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Acceptance into UMBC or a degree program at UMBC does not guarantee admission to the Education Department’s teacher education certification programs. Students must apply to the Education Department for admission. More information can be found here.
Dance majors who have been admitted to the Education Department’s K-12 Dance teacher education certification program must complete all requirements for both the B.A. in Dance and K-12 Dance initial teacher education certification, and meet regularly with both a Dance advisor and an Education advisor. K-12 Dance certification requirements can be found here.
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) is a graduate program for career changers and recent graduates with at least a bachelor’s degree, seeking initial teaching certification. Applicants must be accepted and admitted to the UMBC Graduate School and the UMBC Department of Education. Qualified UMBC undergraduates may begin course work for the MAT in K-12 Dance upon admission to the program, and must complete all requirements for both the B.A. in Dance and the MAT in K-12 Dance. The first step in the application process is to schedule a personal interview with an advisor of the program and submit transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate study for analysis.
MAT K-12 Dance requirements can be found here.