Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education

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Bachelor of Arts in dance Education

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education program is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades K-12, and for those who are seeking teacher certification. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, philosophy, methodology, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Arizona Professional Teacher Standards and the Interstate New Teacher Support and Assessment Consortium Standards. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through over 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. These educational settings must be state certified environments and mentor teachers must be fully certified. Teacher candidates are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval. Furthermore, teacher candidates should consult the Grand Canyon University Academic Catalog, the University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher credentialing program. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching credential. Students and applicants are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval. The program is designed to train dancers, teachers, and choreographers by blending both the theory and the practice of dance performance and its related fields. In addition to regular classroom studies, students are encouraged to take part in the University Dance Series in numerous capacities, including performing and choreographing, thus allowing them to explore the creative process from rehearsal to live performance. This global approach to dance training creates a graduate who is multifaceted and prepared to succeed in today's marketplace.

General Education Requirements

Course to Course Review

Overview
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Competency Requirements Total Credits
University Foundations
 
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will complete one of the following UNV Foundational courses: UNV 103 for students entering with under 24 credit hours or UNV 303 for students transferring 24 or more credit hours.
 
4
Effective Communication

 
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
 
9 - 12
Christian Worldview
 
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV 101.
 
4
Critical Thinking


 
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of college-level mathematics.
 
11 - 12
Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics


 
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).
 
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Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education Courses

Maricopa Community College District transfer students who have completed the courses below, will be able to meet the course competency requirements for courses within the Bachelor of  Arts in Dance Education program at Grand Canyon University.

MCCCD Courses GCU Courses
Course Number Course Title Credits Course Number Course Title Credits
DAN 131 Ballet I 1 DAN-100 Introduction to Ballet Technique 1
DAN 133 Modern Jazz Dance I 1 DAN-101 Introduction to Jazz Technique 1
DAN 132 Modern Dance I 1 DAN-120 Introduction to Modern Technique 1
DAN 138 & DAN 238 Dance Seminar I & Dance Seminar II 2 DAN-200 Somatics for the Dancer 2
DAN 134 Ballet II 1 DAN-250 Ballet Technique II 1
DAN 136 Modern Jazz Dance II 1 DAN-260 Jazz Technique II 1
DAN 135
Modern Dance II 1 DAN-270 Modern Technique II 1
DAH 201 World Dance Studies 3 DAN-315 Dance History I 4
DAH 210 History of Ballet and Modern Dance 3 DAN-340 Dance History II 4
DAN 231 Ballet III 1 DAN-350 Ballet Technique III 1
DAN 233 Modern Jazz Dance III 1 DAN-360 Jazz Technique III 1
DAN 232 Modern Dance III 1 DAN-370 Modern Technique III 1
DAN 264 Choreography I 3 DAN-385 Choreography I: Space and Time/Design and Dance
2
DAN 210 Dance Production I 3 DAN-395 Dance Production 4
Total Number of MCCCD Credits Applied to GCU Dance Education Major 20

*The identified MCCCD courses fulfill the competency requirements for the corresponding GCU course; however, the courses may not fulfill the credit requirements. For more information please contact an Enrollment or Academic Counselor

Upper Level Division Classes

Maricopa Community College District transfer students will need to take the courses below within the Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education program at Grand Canyon University. They may also need to take additional courses to meet the graduation requirements of the program. See an Enrollment Counselor for more details.

Courses Left to Complete at GCU
EDU-313N Educational Psychology 3
ESL-223N SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations and Methodologies 3
ESL-433N Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion 3
DAN-130
Dance Ensemble I
1
DAN-210
Improvisation for Dance
1
DAN-280
Dance Ensemble II
1
DAN-300  
Alignment and Pilates for Dance
2
DAN-310 
Technology for Dance Educators
3
DAN-335
Foundations of Dance and Culture for Diverse Learners
4
DAN-340 Dance History II 4
DAN-355
Dance Kinesiology and Injury Prevention
4
DAN-380
Dance Ensemble III
1
DAN-390
Choreography II: Process
2
DAN-397
Dance Methods and Assessment in the Elementary School
4
DAN-398
Dance Methods and Assessment in the Secondary School
4
DAN-450
Dance Pedagogy
2
DAN-460
Choreography Practicum
2
DAN-480 Dance Ensemble IV 1
DAN-480NA Student Teaching: Elementary Dance 6
DAN-480NB Student Teaching: Secondary Dance 6
POS-301 Arizona and Federal Government 2
 
Total Number of Credits Remaining for GCU Dance Education Major
59
Total Credits Hours Needed to Complete Bachelor of Arts
in Dance Education (Ground Only)
120