Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) (MAE)
Our Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) programme allows you to further your knowledge and expertise through research in your own practice. We are proud to be one of the first organisations to offer an award at this level specifically designed for practising dance teachers.
The MA is a modular programme delivered via distance learning, normally over two or three years with a compulsory London-based seminar at the start.
As an experienced dance teacher, the programme offers you an opportunity to engage in:
- continuing professional development through completing a higher degree
- postgraduate research based on your own professional practice
- career progression which puts you at the forefront of dance education and practice-based research
The MA is comparable to any other award at Masters Level (MA, MSc, MEd) but focuses specifically on your role as a teacher, allowing you to learn, reflect on your teaching and develop original practices. You will learn from experts within the field and will have access to an international community of practitioner researchers.
The three compulsory modules are highlighted below under ‘Programme content’.
Module options include:
- Dance Pedagogy (30 credits)
- Leading Learning (30 credits)
- Somatic Approaches to Dance Education (30 credits)
- Society, Politics and Youth Dance (30 credits)
- Inclusive Dance Practice (30 credits)
- Dance in the Private Sector: Scope and Influence (30 credits)
- Assessment Issues in Dance Practice (30 credits)
- Laban Studies: Shaping Education Practice (30 credits)
- Dance and Lifelong Learning (30 credits)
Students who do not have English as a first language:
If your first language is not English and you are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required, you must achieve one of the following qualifications:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. The IELTS test must have been taken no earlier than two years before the date of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies is issued.
Some other school leaving or matriculation certificates contain a compulsory examination in English and these may be taken as equivalent.
If you have another recently achieved English language qualification, please check with our Registry department firstname.lastname@example.org to establish acceptability.
Eligibility for RTS
Students on the MA in Education (Dance Teaching) can register as a teacher of the RAD (RAD RTS) upon graduation. The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Dance Teaching) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Dance Teaching) do not grant automatic eligibility for RAD Registered Teacher Status (RTS).
Holders of the Postgraduate Diploma or the Postgraduate Certificate may be eligible to demonstrate their skills for teaching through submission of a Practical Teaching Portfolio and recording of Practical Dance Teaching following the guidelines set out here.
If you are resident in England, please see the information on postgraduate loans.
Please contact our registry department at email@example.com for more details.
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Research Methods (Compulsory)
An introduction to a range of education research models, paradigms and approaches for practice-based research. The module will equip you with an understanding of research design, data collection and ethics. It also provides a platform for all other modules on the programme and a foundation for your final Research Project.
Research Project (Compulsory)
This comprises the design and delivery of an extended work-based research assignment. The precise nature of the research will be determined by a number of factors, including the needs of the school/work environment, the dance curriculum being delivered and the knowledge and skills of the researcher. You will be guided in identifying an appropriate research proposal by the module tutor and supported via distance learning throughout the research process.
Students undertake module options to the value of 90 credits (or 30 credits for holders of PGCE and QTS or international equivalent).
Dance, Education and Culture (Compulsory)
This provides an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of dance as a cultural practice, including the theatrical art form. The reading materials and tasks focus on developing critical thinking through study of key cultural theories and their application. The essay assignment allows you to draw on selected concepts and critical frameworks and to evaluate their potential application to your own professional practice.