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Education Certification

The Department of Dance offers undergraduate students the opportunity to become certified to teach dance in the public school system, through its relationship with the Education Department. Students desiring to pursue certification as a Dance Specialist for K-12 must complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Dance, required Education courses, and the dance department’s course in Teaching Methods for Dance. Teacher candidates must pass the Maryland State Department of Education Praxis I exam, and complete a year-long extensive teaching internship. A list of course requirements can be found here.

The UMBC Graduate School offers a Masters in Teaching (MAT) in Dance, through the Department of Education. Candidates for the MAT must be accepted by the graduate school. Candidates must complete Dance Core Requirements prior to entry, either through a BA in Dance, or by completing specified courses. Course requirements for the MAT Dance can be found here.

Qualified undergraduates may pursue a 5-year BA/MAT option through the Department of Education.