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Graduate Bulletin

Dance, Ed.M.

Concentration: Dance Education Studies


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15                           [December 15 for international applicants]

The Dance Department must receive all department and university application materials. Attendance at the department audition is required. After acceptance at the Department level, there is a final review of all application materials by the College of Music.

A supplemental application, which is required, can be obtained by emailing danceadm@temple.edu.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from qualified representatives of the academic or professional communities in dance.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Prospective applicants should have an undergraduate degree with a dance major or emphasis, related, or equivalent professional experience; an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0; and a curriculum vitae that details experience in dance, art education, scholarship, and/or public leadership.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required, although it need not be in dance.

Statement of Goals:

Applicants must address how their experience and education has prepared him/her for advanced studies in dance. Applicants should include how the degree will support professional goals. Statement should be 3-5 typed pages in length.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores should be at the 50th percentile or above, whether the GRE or MAT is taken.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based, 233 computer-based, or 90 internet-based. Any students admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass an English skills course during their first semester at Temple University.


An audition includes a technique class with portions taught by several members of faculty, a presentation on a topic of interest that you wish to pursue study, and an interview with the admissions committee.


All applicants will be interviewed at the audition.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into a master's program. The Ed.M. Coordinator will make all decisions regarding the transfer of credits with approval from the Department Chairperson. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6

Test Waivers:

International students can be accepted without attending the audition, if their video and other supporting documents give adequate evidence of excellence.


Ed.M. applicants are required to present a formal presentation based on their background and research interest at the audition.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 38

Required Courses (26 s.h.)

Dance 505 (1) Dancer and the Dance Medium

             506 (3) Creative Process

             565 (3) Dance Science and Somatics

             570 (2) Dance Teaching Seminar

             571 (1) Apprenticeship and Teaching Dance

             579 (3) Foundations in Cultural Studies

             599 (2) Graduate Dance Composition

             676 (3) Arts Advocacy

              677 (2) Dance Administration

                      (3) Technique/Repertory Course

             959/960 (3) Master's Project or Master's Thesis

Dance Electives (9)  

               (3) Dance Technique

               (3) Dance Academic

               (3) Dance Curriculum

Non-Dance Elective (3)                                          


Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Master's Project:

The Master's Project is designed to provide flexible alternatives for the student in designing a culminating experience for the Master's Degree program of study. The project may be concerned with the design and application of policy or programs. The project may be a film or videotape related specifically to the program of study, or the project may be a lecture-demonstration. Some candidates connect their project development to "real-life" experiences, such as preparing to open a dance studio or choreograph/teach in an area elementary or secondary school. Others write extensive papers that explore connections between theory and practice in arts education or public policy. If the candidate is interested in research, especially as it may provide direction toward a doctoral program, the project may involve scholarly research and data collection, but of a lesser magnitude than that normally required of a thesis.

Each Ed.M. project is presented in a formal setting at the end of the semester in which the project is completed. The presentation occurs in a classroom or conference room, is 20-25 minutes in length, and should be accompanied by multi-media support. The required abstract must be completed before the presentation and distributed to all in attendance. Regardless of topic, a typed abstract must accompany the final project. This abstract is not to exceed 4 type-written, double-spaced pages. It provides an overview of the project for the department to keep on file. Specifics of organization can be determined with the project advisor.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Dance
309 Vivacqua Hall (062-62)
1700 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-0843


Department Contacts:


Lynne Shaeffer


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Karen Bond


Graduate Chairperson:



Dr. Luke Kahlich


About the Program

The Department of Dance offers programs of study leading to the Master of Education, Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. All students are expected to develop a command of the discipline of dance, including its modes as a performing art and a medium of inquiry. The department's mission places high value on the role of dance in a pluralistic, multicultural society.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:


Although all of the department courses are offered on main campus, students may take the out-of-department credits on another campus.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered before 4:30 p.m. Students are also able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester).

Department Information:

Dept. of Dance
309 Vivacqua Hall (062-62)
1700 N. Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122-0843


Interdisciplinary Study:

The program encourages interdisciplinary coursework, research, and interactions among faculty and students with interests in music, music therapy, education, theater arts, media arts, women's studies, Jewish studies, African American studies, anthropology, history, etc.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The graduate programs are ranked among the top twelve in the nation as determined by the Dance Career Guide. The Doctor of Philosophy program is one out of four programs in the country and the Master of Education program is the only such program in the United States.


The Ed.M. in Dance is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD).

Areas of Specialization:

The Master of Education degree emphasizes both theoretical and practical training in the pedagogical, administrative, and creative dimensions of Dance Studies. Particular emphasis is given to preparing students for professional work in dance advocacy and the development of dance curriculum.

Job Placement:

Graduates perform and choreograph with companies throughout the world, teach at all levels of education, serve as arts administrators and policymakers for the arts, and publish extensively.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are able to take technique classes and some core coursework with permission of the instructor and the Department Chairperson. If accepted into the program, those courses may be applied toward the degree program.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs) are available. Teaching responsibilities usually include teaching university core curriculum. On occasion, TAs are assigned to teach Children's Dance, Repertory, technique classes, or classes germane to their area of study. This award includes a monthly stipend, book allowance, and tuition remission. The award is for one year. Students must re-apply for the award for a second appointment. The RA/TA application should include information in a clearly written and well-edited presentation. Please include 4 copies with the other application materials. Vital Information: If an entering student, include the Personal Data Sheet. If a continuing student, include the following information on a cover sheet: Name, degree program, address, telephone number, electronic address, and current grade point average; statement of teaching experience and a concise, clearly written, one paragraph philosophy of teaching; statement on how personal and professional goals relate to the responsibilities of the Assistantship.

February 2006