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  Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching)


Online Royal Academy of Dance    Faculty of Education

Part time September PGDip, MA, PGCert 2-3 years part-time
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Immerse yourself in the world of dance education with our prestigious Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) programme. Designed specifically for experienced dance teachers, this modular distance learning MA spans two to three years, offering a unique blend of research and professional development. Delve into topics like Dance Pedagogy, Inclusive Dance Practice, and Society, Politics, and Youth Dance, among others, to enhance your teaching skills and career prospects. With a focus on practical application and original practices, you'll learn from industry experts and join a global community of practitioner researchers. Stand out with our Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma options, leading to the coveted MA qualification. Entry requires a good honours degree in dance, two years of teaching experience, and a recognised teaching qualification. Join us to elevate your teaching, advance your career, and become a leader in the field of dance education.

About the course

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 beginning with a compulsory one-week induction seminar delivered online. As an experienced dance teacher, the programme offers you an opportunity to engage in:

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

A good honours degree in dance or with a significant dance component and at least two years’ dance teaching experience.
You should hold a recognised dance teaching qualification and be employed as a dance teacher for the duration of the programme.
We welcome applications from professional dance teachers who do not hold traditional academic qualifications but have equivalent experiential learning.
An English Language Proficiency test for applicants whose first language is not English.

See the programme website for full details.


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Lucy Snellgrove

After completing a dance degree, I found going back to studying as a mature student both stimulating and rewarding. I was eager to continue studying dance, and expanding my knowledge and expertise as a dance teacher. The Masters offered a distance learning programme which was most suitable to my dance teaching career and lifestyle, and offered modules and optional study areas relevant to my teaching context.

My biggest challenge was balancing my personal life and work commitments alongside my studies. But, with careful planning and timetabling, as well as the wonderful support from tutors, this challenge was manageable over the three years. The sense of achievement and success experienced at the end was truly overwhelming.

At present, I work in an all-girls independent school teaching dance and whilst studying on the Masters I received a promotion to become Head of Dance within my school. This qualification has clearly facilitated my current teaching career, but I also believe that having this degree will continue to enhance my future career prospects in dance teaching and dance education.

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