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This programme combines postgraduate studies with initial teacher training to give you a comprehensive preparation for dance teaching. Read more

Programme Description

This programme combines postgraduate studies with initial teacher training to give you a comprehensive preparation for dance teaching. The programme includes two teaching placements in secondary schools or colleges, supported by regular periods of study at RAD headquarters in London.

You will be introduced to the standards and requirements for government-recognised Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and work to fulfil these standards through the duration of your studies. You will be supported by School-based Tutors and RAD tutors who will provide continuous feedback on your progress.

Your student experience

The programme comprises of 12 weeks full-time study onsite (in three blocks) at RAD, London and 24 weeks in two distinct professional placements within schools and colleges covering the 11-19 age range.

Modules are taught at the RAD and delivered through practical workshops, lectures, seminars and a series of teaching tasks. During your placements you will work alongside tutors who are dance specialists. You will develop your knowledge and skills through a combination of observation, teaching and discussion with your tutors who will provide support on planning, teaching and self-reflection.

Our Partnership schools and colleges

Our partnership schools and colleges are based in inner and outer London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Programme Breakdown

Dance studies
During the programme you will extend your knowledge of dance as a subject in secondary education including GCSE, A Level, BTEC and KS3 dance provision and study a selection of dance specifications, courses and curricula.

Professional studies
In preparation for teaching, you will be introduced to selected education theories and pedagogies, studying the professional standards and requirements for all teachers working in the UK state sector.
In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status, you will be required to demonstrate achievement of all the Teachers’ Standards legislated by the UK government.

School experience and teaching
The third strand of the programme takes place in our partnership schools and colleges in the form of two different school experience and teaching placements.
In addition, an Individual Training Plan gives you the opportunity to enhance and enrich personal, practical and teaching skills throughout the programme using individually agreed goals.

Future study and career options

On successful completion of the PGCE:DT, you will have gained a postgraduate qualification with QTS and will be eligible to become a registered teacher with the RAD. Graduates from this programme, can also apply to study the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) with 60 credits exemption. http://www.rad.org.uk/mae

Employment Prospects

We have a very high employment rate and our graduates have gone on to secure jobs in secondary schools, academies, FE colleges and grammar schools nationwide. Many move on to become heads of department and many of our School-based Tutors in partnership schools and colleges are former RAD graduates.

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The Masters of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) allows you to further your knowledge and expertise through research in your own practice. Read more

Programme Description

The Masters of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) allows you to further your knowledge and expertise through research in your own practice. It is a modular programme delivered via distance learning, normally over two-three years. The programme offers high-quality dance teachers 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 teaching innovation.

Learning is flexible in that you study from home during hours which suit your employment and personal commitments.

Your student experience

The programme begins with a compulsory one-week induction seminar at RAD headquarters, London. Individual modules are delivered via distance learning through access to the RAD's virtual learning environment. Each module has a study guide which introduces you to key topics, concepts and readings and leads you through a series of study tasks in preparation for a final assessment. You are allocated a specialist tutor for each module who supports your studies through regular communication via email, telephone, Skype and online forums. Modules are studied across two semesters per academic year.

Programme Breakdown

Compulsory modules:
Research methods
This module introduces a range of education research models, paradigms and approaches for practice-based research and will equip you with an understanding of research design, data collection and ethics. It provides the foundation for research on all other modules on the programme, including your final research project.

Dance, education and culture
This module 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.

Research project
This module comprises the design and delivery of an extended practice-based research assignment. The precise nature of the research will be determined by a number of factors, including the needs of your school/ work environment, the dance curriculum, and your specific knowledge, skills and research interests. You will have the option to attend a two-day seminar at the start of the module and will be assigned a supervisor to guide you through the research process. The module culminates in the submission of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma Awards

If you would like to study at Masters level, but are not yet ready or able to commit to the full Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching), you have the option to study the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. With successful achievement of the required credits, you will be eligible to progress from the PG cert to the PG Dip or from the PG Dip to Masters.

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