Earn Your BA Degree in Dance for Secondary Education
Teach the next generation the art of dance with your Bachelor of Arts in Dance for Secondary Education. Offered by the College of Arts and Media in conjunction with the College of Education, this program will prepare you to design, maintain and grow a dance program in secondary schools. It includes extensive coursework in different dance forms as well as educational training, such as classroom management. From dance history to choreography, students will be immersed in all aspects of dance in order to learn how to teach various forms of dance effectively and design a curriculum that is historically grounded, developmentally appropriate, inquiry-oriented, culturally responsive and based upon state and national standards.
This Bachelor of Arts in Dance for Secondary Education degree leads to initial teacher licensure. It requires student teaching experience in preparation for a career in dance education. In addition to classroom studies, dance majors are required to participate in the Ethington Dance Ensemble, which includes four main concerts throughout the year. This allows students to experience the entire creative process, from planning and rehearsals to the live performance, from both onstage and offstage perspectives. A degree in dance for teaching secondary education students also requires you to participate in the Elementary Dance Tour, which brings an exciting multi-media production to local schools.
Study Balanced Dance Curriculum and Teaching Strategies for Secondary Education
Our BA in dance for secondary education curriculum combines observational and practice-based dance experiences. It prepares students to be both dance practitioners and dance educators. It was designed using National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) standards and all courses within this degree program are directly aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles.
Courses covered in this program include:
- History and Culture of Dance
- Modern, Postmodern Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-hop and Tap Studies
- Choreography: Initial Process, Performance and more
- Pilates and Somatic Practices for Dancers
- Adolescent Psychology
- Dance Technology
- Social Justice for Educators
- Dance Kinesiology and Injury Prevention
- Special Education
- Classroom Engagement and Management for Middle and Secondary Teachers
- Dance Pedagogy
Teach Students of All Backgrounds and Levels as a High School Dance Teacher
Our holistic approach to teaching dance balances theory with practice, producing graduates who are ready to succeed and thrive in today’s competitive marketplace. After completing the full-time student teaching component of this program, graduates will be well prepared to teach students in a range of middle or high school settings – public or private, rural or urban, large or small. There are also educational dance opportunities available in community organizations and performing arts institutions.
The Bachelor of Arts in Dance for Secondary Education program will allow graduates to earn endorsements in additional subject areas, which will help to increase marketability. Make the most of your passion for dance and shape its future as a dance educator!
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.
General Education Requirements
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.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
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.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
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. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
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.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.