P-12 Teacher Certification in Dance

Overview

Students who wish to teach dance in accredited public or private schools in the state of Georgia need to be certified by the State of Georgia Department of Education.* Many (but not all) of the requirements for teacher certification in dance are included in the course requirements and electives fulfilled by each dance major. Those dance majors who desire certification should complete the additionally required hours (see below), preferably in their third and forth years, and should plan to student teach in an accredited school (in which they will be placed) in the semester following the completion of the degree. The degree program is designed to be completed in eight semesters. Students wishing to leave UGA with a teaching certificate in dance will student teach during a ninth semester.

Application to Dance Education Track with Certification:

Dance majors are required to apply separately for the dance education track with a deadline of March 1st in their second year (or two to three semesters before student teaching semester, if a transfer student).  Applications are available online or outside the certification coordinator’s office.

[Teacher Certification Application Form]

Advisement

Students with an interest in teacher certification should notify their dance advisor and the certification coordinator (Rebecca Gose: renghaus@uga.edu). Requirements listed below must be evaluated in relation to degree sought (AB or BFA) as DANC course requirements differ.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR TEACHER CERTIFICATION

DANC 3700 2 hours Teaching Children's Dance
DANC 4700 3 hours Issues in Dance Education and Pedagogy
DANC 3200 1 hour Teaching Practicum I*
DANC 3210 1 hour Teaching Practicum II**
EDUC 2110 3 hours Investigating Critical & Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC 2120 3 hours Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity
EDUC 2130 3 hours Exploring Learning and Teaching
KINS 5620 3 hours Adapted Physical Education (or SPED 2000, 4020, or 4030)
DANC 5460 12 hours Student Teaching***
Total: 22 hours

*Practicum in a Foundations level technique class at UGA

**Practicum in P-12 setting required for Student Teaching. Can be taken as Major Elective.

***Requires an additional semester. GACE Assessment (or acceptable test scores), and a minimum GPA of 2.5 are also required prior to student teaching.

Additional Requirements for Dance Education with Certification:

Teacher candidates, once accepted, are required by the College of Education and the Department of Dance to enroll in Foliotek, an electronic portfolio system for 2 years at the cost of $75.00.

Additionally, the state of Georgia now required all teacher candidates to take part in the EdTPA assessment during the semester of their student teaching. The current cost is $300.00 and at this time is not woven into a student’s tuition, but as a separate fee. In preparation for this external assessment, a DANC 4000 seminar has been introduced for candidates and should be taken the semester prior to student teaching. Please see the certification coordinator, as well as your advisor, to plan for this independent study.

IMPORTANT LINKS:

GENERAL LINK TO ALL BELOW: http://epr.coe.uga.edu/candidates/

NON COHORT PROCEDURES FOR FIELD PLACEMENTS:
https://coe.uga.edu/academics/field-experience/non-cohort

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES:
(and checklists for certification)
https://coe.uga.edu/academics/field-experience/professional-cohort - clinical-practice-guidelines

GaPSC:
http://epr.coe.uga.edu/gapsc/

GACE PROGRAM ADMISSION ASSESSMENT:
http://epr.coe.uga.edu/gapsc/gace-information-2/gace-information/

ETHICS ASSESSMENTS
http://epr.coe.uga.edu/gapsc/ethics-assessments/

MY PSC ACCOUNT (REQUIRED FOR PRESERVICE CERT)
http://epr.coe.uga.edu/gapsc/mypsc-account/

EDTPA:
http://epr.coe.uga.edu/candidates/edtpa-for-candidates/

FOLIOTEK:
http://epr.coe.uga.edu/foliotek/

TEACH GEORGIA (for finding teaching jobs):
http://www.teachgeorgia.org

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:

(Advising): EVEN/ODD year layout

Tiered Certification Matrix

GACE Registration Information

CORE CURRICULUM – NCCAS Standards  -  DANCE

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