Master of Education (Dance Teaching)



£ 6001-7000


  • Type


  • Methodology

    Distance Learning

  • Duration

    3 Years

Our MA 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 practicing 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.

About this course

A good honours degree in dance or with a significant dance component You should hold a recognised dance teaching qualification and be employed as a dance teacher for the duration of the programme An English Language Proficiency test for applicants whose first language is not English Criminal Records Disclosure All applicants for programmes of study requiring contact with young people and vulnerable adults are required to have a Criminal Record Disclosure to ensure that they will not be putting at risk young people or vulnerable adults in their care.

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  • Dance
  • Teaching
  • Education and training
  • Practice-based Research
  • Dance Pedagogy
  • Leading Learning
  • Inclusive Dance Practice
  • Dance in the Private Sector
  • Somatic Approaches to Dance Education
  • Dance and Lifelong Learning

Teachers and trainers (1)

Shelly Saint-Smith

Shelly Saint-Smith

Programme Manager

Course programme

You must complete three compulsory modules:

Research Methods (15 credits)
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.

Dance, Education and Culture (15 credits)
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.

Research Project (60 credits)
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).

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)

Additional information

Payment options: £6,685 plus £120 registration fee on enrolment.

Master of Education (Dance Teaching)

£ 6001-7000