5-Year BA/MA in Dance Education

The 5-Year BA/MA in Dance Education is designed to attract highly motivated students who are interested in teacher certification in dance and wish to prepare themselves with a solid liberal arts undergraduate degree. Candidates will demonstrate potential for growth in dance artistry (technique, improvisation, choreography and performance), as well as academic success. The 5-year BA/MA program allows students to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in Dance Education through a consolidated plan of study. 

All 5-Year BA/MA applicants must apply to Hunter College and be admitted.  Students must meet with a Dance advisor and declare a Dance Major during their upper freshman year. After completion of 65 undergraduate credits, students must apply to the School of Education for admission and the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program for admission to the 5-Year BA/MA program. 

Declaring the Dance PreK - 12 BA/MA major

Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty, including the coordinator of the BA/MA dance education program. The BA/MA Dance Education applicant should also set up a time for the Dance Education Coordinator, in consult with dance faculty, to be observed in a dance class. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year.

Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students.

Requirements to Declare the Major

  1. Minimum of at least 60 credits but no more than 90 credits completed by the first semester in the education program.

  2. A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.

  3. Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.

  4. Formal declaration of a major in Dance.

  5. Participation in a group interview.


Meeting minimum requirements to declare the major does not guarantee entry into the program.

Progress Standards


Dance Progress Standard

All dance majors must demonstrate proficiency to qualify for level 1 or higher in contemporary, ballet or hip-hop dance technique by the 5th semester of their college career. Inability to complete at least level 1 Contemporary, Ballet or Hip-Hop technique after 3 attempts will result in the student being removed from the major.


Undergraduate Academic Progress Standards

  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0

  • Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in a course with fieldwork or student teaching must apply to the department chairperson for permission to re-register for that course, which may be repeated only once.

  • Any student who receives a grade of D in an undergraduate education course will be required to repeat that course. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.

  • Any student who receives a grade of F in any Education course will not be permitted to continue in the program.

  • Take and pass both the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams prior to student teaching.


Graduate Academic Progress Standards

  1. Minimum GPA for Retention - Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain at Hunter College. Students whose grades fall below this standard are required to raise their GPAs to at least 3.0 within one semester.

  2. No F in the first two semesters—students who receive a grade of F or WU in any course in the first two semesters will not be allowed to continue in the program.

  3. Progress holds due to Incomplete Grades - Students with two or more INCs will not be allowed to register for any courses.

  4. Key Course Performance Standards

  • Students must receive a grade of at least a B in key program courses. 

  • Students who receive a grade of F or WU in key program courses may not continue in the program. 

  • Key Program Courses are identified by the label (KC) in the course title.

Course of Study

Academic Plan: DANCE-BAMA

Sub-total = 86-94

Electives = 3

Total credits required = 89-97  

1. Dance Technique and Performance (20-24 credits)

  • Must complete four credits minimum of any style at level I (or the appropriate level for the ability of the student as determined in the placement class) (4)

  • Must complete four credits of dance technique any style in level 3.

  • Must complete eight credits of dance technique any style at level I or higher (8)

  • Must complete two credits of Repertory DAN 43200 (1) and DAN 43300 (1) 

*Students who do not place into a dance technique level 1 class must take DAN 10100 Fundamentals of Contemporary Dance Technique and/or DAN 10500 Fundamentals of Ballet (0-3)

2. Creative Work (11 credits)

  • DAN 12400 Production Crew (.5 x 2)*

  • DAN 22100 Improvisation (1)

  • DAN 22400 Stagecraft (1)

  • DAN 32100 Composition I (2)

  • DAN 42100 Composition II (2)

  • DAN 42200 Dance Workshop (2)

  • DAN 42400 Production (2)

*Please note that DAN 12400 Production Crew must be taken twice to complete the major.

3. Dance Studies (8 credits)

  • DAN 21300 Basic Musicianship for Dancers (2)

  • DAN 23200 Global Dance History (3)

  • DAN 35000 Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dancers (3)

4. Electives (3 credits)*

Dance Technique Electives
  • DAN 15100 Global Dance 1 

  • DAN 25100 Global Dance 2 

  • DAN 25200 Special Topics

  • DAN 35200 Special Topics

Other Electives
  • DAN 34200 Teaching Dance 

  • DAN 25500 Dance Pedagogy 

  • DAN 46100 Seminar in Dance 

  • DAN 48000 Independent Study in Dance

  • DAN 49000 Honors in Dance 

  • DAN 49800 Internship 

*Dance Technique and Creative Work courses are repeatable for elective credit. 

Note: All required classes are not offered every semester. Annual meetings with dance advisers are essential for both majors and minors in order to assure that required coursework will be completed in time for graduation.

Additional Requirements for BA/ MA (47 credits)

Graduate Dance Courses (20 credits)

DAN 70100: Physical Training *

DAN 70500: Maintenance of the Instrument

DAN 73000: Studies of Forms

DAN 73500: Performance/Presentation

DAN 74000: Aesthetics

DAN 74200: Dance History

DAN 74600: Special Topics

* Please note that DAN 70100 Graduate Dance Technique must be taken twice to complete the major.


Education Requirements (27 credits)

Undergraduate Courses


  • SEDF 20300 - Social Foundations of Education, Grades 7-12 (W)

  • SEDF 20400 - Adolescent Development

  • SEDF 20500 - Educational Psychology: Applications in Grades 7-12

  • SEDC 21000 - Building the Foundations of Literacy in Grades 7-12

  • SEDC 22000 - Adolescent Health and Safety

Graduate Courses (for descriptions please see the graduate catalog)


SPED 70800: Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings

SEDF 70600: Assessment of Teaching and Learning in Adolescent Education

DANED 76000: Methods I

DANED 76200: Methods II

DANED 76605: Student Teaching


School of Education Exit Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major:

  1. Have an overall GPA of 3.0

  2. Successful completion of an online Dance Education Professional Teaching Portfolio (PTP)

  3. Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) antibullying workshop