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2012 - 2013

BA in Dance Education K-12
(80 hours*, including licensure hours)



This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see item 1 below for information regarding requirements for admission to this major.

This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

Program Acceptance Requirements

Acceptance into the dance education major is a two-step process. To be accepted as a dance education major, students must:

  1. Complete an audition at the annual fall dance major auditions and designate dance education as their desired track. Those accepted will receive dance major status and may register for courses in the dance major core. These students will be designated in department records as pre-dance education track and will receive advisement from the dance education faculty.
  2. Complete Dance 276R with an appropriate high rating by the teacher and receive recommendation by the Dance Education Committee to be advanced to dance education major status. The Dance 276R course is a gateway course at the end of which qualifying students will be officially switched from the general dance major to the dance education major. (Students who are not accepted into the dance education major have the option to continue as a general dance major or retake Dance 276R the following year.)
    Please note: Students must have completed the FBI fingerprint and background clearance before enrolling in Dance 276R.

Once accepted into the dance education major, continuing dance education major status is contingent upon satisfactory student performance in all major course work. This includes, but is not limited to, skill development in teaching and technique courses. Students who fail to meet required standards for these courses (particularly Dance 365 and 366) may be counseled to consider continuing as a general dance major.

Program Requirements    |    View MAP

  1. The Dance Department requires at least 21 hours from major courses to be completed in residency at BYU for this degree program. These hours may also go toward BYU's 30-hour residency requirement for graduation.
  2. Students must complete an annual mandatory advisement.
  3. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  4. A teaching minor is recommended.
  5. Complete the following prerequisite course:
  6. Complete the following:
  7. Complete two enrollments of the following:
  8. Complete 2.5 hours from the following:
  9. Complete the following composition and improvisation courses in the order listed:
  10. Complete two credit hours from the following performance courses:
  11. Complete the Professional Education Component:
    • Complete the following:
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CPSE 402 : Educating Students with Disabilities in Secondary Classrooms. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Issues, policies, and methods in teaching secondary students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Lab.

        Course Outcomes


        DANCE 276R : Exploration of Teaching. (4:6:8)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 276R : Exploration of Teaching. (4:6:8)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PREREQUISITE: DANCE 261 & DANCE 243R & DANCE 244R; Major approval; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Field-based, initial teaching experience directed at helping prospective teachers experience demands and opportunities associated with teaching developmentally sequenced dance in K-12 settings.

        Course Outcomes


        DANCE 346 : Methods of Teaching Dance to Social Groups in Secondary Education. (2:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 346 : Methods of Teaching Dance to Social Groups in Secondary Education. (2:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        RECOMMENDED: Dance 170, 180.
        DESCRIPTION: Teaching methodologies in social and world dance, specifically to prepare students in secondary dance education to teach these forms in the public schools.
        NOTE: For dance education majors only.

        Course Outcomes


        DANCE 365 : Creative Dance for Elementary Education. (2:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 365 : Creative Dance for Elementary Education. (2:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Dance 243R, 244R, or approved Kinnect membership.
        DESCRIPTION: Theory and teaching experience in creative movement for preschool and elementary school children.

        Course Outcomes


        DANCE 366 : Methods of Teaching Contemporary Dance. (2:2:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 366 : Methods of Teaching Contemporary Dance. (2:2:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter; Spring Odd Yrs.
        PREREQUISITE: DANCE 243R & DANCE 261; Dance 244R or equivalent.
        DESCRIPTION: Planning, teaching, and evaluating lessons.

        Course Outcomes


        DANCE 465 : K-12 Dance Curriculum Design. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 465 : K-12 Dance Curriculum Design. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        PREREQUISITE: DANCE 276R & DANCE 365 & DANCE 366 & DANCE 348R; or DANCE 276R & DANCE 365 & DANCE 366 & DANCE 399R
        DESCRIPTION: Dance unit planning, scope and sequencing, core curriculum, and curriculum mapping with cross-curricular, thematic, and cultural integration K-12.

        Course Outcomes


        DANCE 466 : Dance Teaching Practicum. (2:2:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 466 : Dance Teaching Practicum. (2:2:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: Dance major status.
        DESCRIPTION: Pre-student teaching course giving students practical teaching and classroom management experience in a mentored environment. Discussion lab integrating theory and experience.

        Course Outcomes


          (prerequisite: Dance 243R, 244R, 261)
        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        IP&T 286 : Instructional Technology in Teaching. (1:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        DESCRIPTION: Using instructional design, visual design, and differentiated staffing principles along with multimedia authoring systems, telecommunication, and other computer-based tools in the development of educational applications for secondary education settings.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 350 : Adolescent Development in an Education Context. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 350 : Adolescent Development in an Education Context. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course.
        DESCRIPTION: Adolescent development and its implications for integrated school culture, curriculum design, instructional practices, and assessment.

        Course Outcomes


        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SC ED 353 : Multicultural Education. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Sc Ed 350 or concurrent enrollment; Sc Ed 276R or comparable major course.
        DESCRIPTION: Designing and adapting instruction for diverse learners; collaborating with families, cultures, and communities in promoting and sustaining learning.

        Course Outcomes


        Note 1: FBI fingerprint and background clearance must be completed before entry into Dance 276R.

        Note 2: Sc Ed 350 must be taken prior to or concurrently with Dance 466.

    • Complete 1 credit hour of the following:
        DANCE 399R : Academic Internship: Dance. (.5-4:0:50)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 399R : Academic Internship: Dance. (.5-4:0:50)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)

        Course Outcomes


        Note: Complete an elementary teaching practicum of 42 hours of unpaid dance core curriculum (20 hours planning and reflection, plus 22 hours teaching with children grades K-6) in one of the following ways:

        • Kinnect teaching Winter and Spring
        • Arts Bridge Side-by-Side Teaching Project
        • Other elementary dance teaching internships approved by the dance education faculty

    • Complete 12 hours from the following:
        DANCE 476 : Secondary Student Teaching. (12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        DANCE 476 : Secondary Student Teaching. (12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Completion of all course work or departmental approval; requires a major GPA of 2.85; at least a C- in Sc Ed 377; FBI fingerprint and background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Capstone, field-based, semester-long experience in teaching secondary students; demonstrating proficiency in all program standards. Seminar required.

        Course Outcomes


*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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