Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Become a Certified Dance Teacher

The dance education program at GCU is a traditional, campus only program for students who are interested in becoming certified K12 dance teachers in public and private school settings. The dance education degree program balances both theory and practice to offer students the foundation for a career in dance education, performance, choreography and other related fields.

Coursework in the dance education program aligns with the standards set by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) and the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).

Dance Education Curriculum

Dance Education majors work toward mastery in jazz, ballet and modern technique as they build their understanding of pedagogy, history, dance kinesiology, somatic practices, technology, choreography and improvisation.

The four-year Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education program spans 120 credit hours of instruction and includes 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences in local schools and studios. The final semester of the program includes a full-time student teaching component that allows the teacher candidate to experience a gradual increase of responsibilities as an apprentice to an accomplished cooperating teacher at an elementary or secondary school setting.

Dance Ensembles and Collaboration

In addition to classroom studies, Dance Education majors participate in the Ethington Dance Ensemble where they serve in all aspects of production during our annual concert series: Winter and Spring Faculty Dance Concerts, student-produced Student Spotlight Dance Concerts and the Elementary Dance Tour.

Through a number of initiatives that extend the reach of the program from the classroom into the local community, students and faculty collaborate to help dancers achieve their highest potential. This global approach to a dance education has the capacity to create graduates who not only succeed in today's marketplace but thrive as they match passion for their art with purpose.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.