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  Mason Gross School of the Arts 2020-2022 Graduate Programs in Dance Graduate Courses Ed.M. in Dance Courses  

Ed.M. in Dance Courses

07:207:405 Motor Learning and Control for Dance Pedagogy (3) Motor Learning and Control for Dance Pedagogy provides students an overview of theories and practice in motor learning, concepts, and principles that relate to the acquisition and relearning of motor and movement skills. Students are involved in class lectures, discussions, and movement laboratories that examine and apply these principles.
07:207:406 Introduction to Curriculum Design and Assessment for Dance (3) Introduces basic concepts of instructional planning and assessment necessary for the development of PK-12 dance curricula that are meaningful in PK-12 settings as well as culturally situated. Students will be guided in developing PK-12 dance yearlong plans, instructional units, and lesson plans based on their own teaching visions, the culture of a specific school community, as well as in consideration of local educational guidelines.
07:207:407 Dance Technique Pedagogy (3) Introduces students to developing theoretical knowledge and practicing essential pedagogic skills for teaching developmentally appropriate dance technique classes for children and adolescents in PK-12 education. Students will learn to situate lesson planning within movement theory, educational standards, artistic traditions, and backward planning, and to scaffold movement principles to help diverse learners achieve shorter- and longer-term educational and artistic goals.
07:207:408 Creative Dance and Choreography Pedagogy (3) Students will examine pedagogical issues and methods for planning, teaching, and assessing creative dance, dance improvisation, dance-making, and responding to dance across a range of learner development and English language learners and as appropriate for PK-12 urban learning settings.
08:207:501 Teaching Concepts in Dance for Students with Special Needs (3) Prepares students with the knowledge and skills to design and implement a program in dance education that addresses students with special needs. Topics will include federal legislation, an examination of common diseases/conditions, Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504 plans, Universal Design for Learning, resource development, adaptive planning, adaptive dance teaching methods, and related classroom management and adaptive dance assessments. Students will be provided concrete models of adaptive dance pedagogy and practice teaching specific adaptive teaching skills.
08:207:502 Embodied Dance History Pedagogy (3) The course content focuses on historically significant traditions in dance education and the ways in which they can inform pedagogic strategies that illuminate and clarify dance in urban education. Students will examine pedagogical issues and methods for planning, teaching, and assessing dance technique across a range of learner development as appropriate for PK-12 urban education settings.
08:207:510 Introduction to Research in Dance Education (3) Aims to engage students in developing introductory knowledge and skills for discerning, reviewing, and conducting qualitative research data collection in educational dance contexts. Students will explore various elements of research inquiry such as narrowing researching questions, searching, skimming and scanning literature, developing critical annotations, and examining various data elicitation methods.
08:207:511 Leadership in Dance Education (3) This course introduces leadership concepts and program planning as it applies to directing dance programs in PK-12 schools and other settings. It will examine the interrelationships between curriculum, programming, and service and the development of professional career materials that demonstrate leadership potential. During this seminar-based course, students will engage in activities such as identifying characteristics of ethical leadership, developing strategic employment materials, examining case studies, developing service plans, and revising a unit of study.
08:207:557 Graduate Independent Study (1-3)
08:207:595 Special Topics in Graduate Dance Education (1-3) By special permission, students can continue their technique training by participating in select B.F.A. dance classes.
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