College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Dance

Dance K-12 Teacher Certification

Students accepted to the B.F.A. in Dance Performance degree program may elect to add on the Dance K-12 Teacher Certification Concentration. Students that complete this concentration receive certification to teach dance in grades K-12 in the public schools in Maryland and reciprocal states.

This is also a great option for students looking to teach dance during their career in a studio setting or for a dance company. Dancers with teaching experience are often more competitive in the dance sector.

Those adding on the Dance K-12 Concentration should plan on a 4-1/2 year program concluding with a 15 week internship in the public schools. This is a state approved program meeting state content requirements in the subject area as well as the six credit (6) reading content mandate for all K-12 certificates.


Admission to the Dance K-12 Teacher Certification Concentration

To join the Dance K-12 Concentration students must first be accepted to the University and into the screened B.F.A. in Dance Performance degree program.

Learn more about the B.F.A. in Dance Performance degree program.


Outcomes for the Dance Education Department at Towson University
  1. Students will be able to discuss a basic theoretical and functional body of knowledge and the methods of inquiry for performing, teaching and composing dances.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in the planning, delivery and evaluation of standards of Dance Education.
  3. Students will be able to model an aesthetic, artistic and instrumental proficiency and or mastery of Ballet and Modern Dance commensurate with the BFA degree at Towson University.
  4. Students will be able to design developmentally appropriate curriculum that promotes individuality through creativity, expressivity, and embodied dance responses.
  5. Students will consistently practice and assess the Essential Dispositions for Teachers as compiled by Towson University and its accrediting agencies for teacher certification candidates.


Student Teaching Requirements

Once in the program you will need to complete the following requirements to Student Teach:

  1. Completion of the BFA and Certificate curriculum with a 2.75 GPA in the major and a 2.5 GPA overall 2.
  2. Criminal Background Disclosure Form that must be notarized and kept on file in the Center for Professional Practice (CPP)
  3. Completion of a criminal background check that must be kept on file in the CPP before the student enters into an intensive/extensive internship or student teaching experience in a public of private school setting (pre-K through 12)
  4. Passing score on the Praxis I examination
  5. Successful completion of the speech and hearing test


Eligibility for Financial Aid in the Ninth Term

The Towson University Financial Aid Office assigns financial advisors to students based on their last name. Please call 410-704-4236 to check if you are eligible to receive federal and state aid in your ninth term (student teaching for the K-12 certification concentration) at Towson University.


Post-baccalaureate Certification Option

For students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in dance, the Department of Dance offers a post-baccalaureate program leading to Maryland K-12 certification in dance. Prospective students interested in this option need to contact the department to set up an appointment with the program coordinator to have their transcript(s) analyzed and a program of student developed based upon state certification and departmental requirements.


Resources for Current K-12 Students

  • Towson Education Resources including information about the Center for Professional Practice, Teacher Academy, Towson Learning Network, and more.

  • PLATO Directions (Praxis I Simulated Test)
    The program is available at no cost to our students. Students may take the practice Praxis I test and afterwards receive a prescription for areas that may need improvement. PLATO provides additional information online to improve skills in those areas.


Department of Dance
Center for the Arts, Room 1002
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2760
Fax: 410-704-3752

Jaye Knutson

"Half of our B.F.A. dance majors choose to add the K-12 certification concentration for a ninth term. Method courses begin with Dance Education cohort groups in the sophomore or junior year."
Jaye Knutson





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