PGCE: Dance Teaching
There are three interrelated areas of study across the year:
- Dance Studies
- Professional Studies
- School Experience and Teaching
During the programme you will extend your knowledge of dance as a subject in secondary education and study a selection of dance specifications, courses and curricula.
In preparation for teaching, you will be introduced to education theories and pedagogies and study the professional standards and requirements for all teachers working in the UK state sector. In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status, you will be required to demonstrate achievement of all the Standards legislated by the UK government.
School Experience and Teaching
The third strand of the programme takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges in the form of two different School Experience and Teaching placements.
Three modules take place at RAD headquarters and focus on developing dance subject knowledge and pedagogical understanding. You will have the opportunity to work with the Faculty of Education’s highly-qualified teaching staff, study alongside other students and benefit from the RAD’s specialist dance facilities.
The other module takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges as two different School Experience and Teaching placements. You will take on different roles and responsibilities, undertaking carefully supervised teaching and becoming integrated into the life of the department and the school or college.
MA in Education (Dance Teaching)
You must complete three compulsory modules:
YEAR 1: 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.
YEAR 2: 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.
YEAR 2: 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)
- Working with Adults: Further Education, Higher Education and Beyond