Jan 21, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020

Dance Pre-K - 12 - BA/MA

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The BA/MA program in PreK-12 Dance Education leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State. This undergraduate program is designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their liberal arts or sciences major. These programs include fieldwork in New York City Public schools. 

Declaring the 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. 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. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

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.

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 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.

Hunter Core Requirement

Courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019   

In the case of Dance, the courses that meet CCCR are:

Course of Study

Academic Plan: DANCE-BAMA

Credits: 89 - 93  

Dance Requirements (62-66 credits)

All Dance majors are required to earn 62 credits minimum in DAN courses and complete all requirements including:

  • Be registered in at least one dance technique course every semester in order to remain a Dance major in good standing, unless granted exemption by the department
  • Perform in a minimum of 2 student choreographed pieces during their studies at Hunter College
  • Earn a C grade or better in all courses required for the major (grades below C will not count toward the major)

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

  • Four credits of any dance technique style at level I (all four credits must be in the same style) (4)
  • Four credits of dance technique level III (all four credits must be in the same style) (4)
  • Eight credits of dance technique any style at level I or higher (8)
  • 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)

4. Electives (3 credits)

5. Graduate Dance Courses (20 credits)

(for descriptions please see the graduate catalog)

  • DAN 70100: Physical Training

(taken twice)

  • 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

Education Requirements (27 credits)

School of Education Exit Standards

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

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop.  The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.

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