Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) MA

The Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) allows you to further your knowledge and expertise through research in your own practice.

We are one of the first organisations to offer an award at this level, specifically designed for practicing dance teachers. As a teacher with at least two years’ professional dance teaching experience, the programme offers you an opportunity to engage in:

• continuing professional development through completing a higher degree,

• postgraduate research based on your own professional practice, and

• career progression which puts you at the forefront of dance education and practice-based research.

The Masters focuses specifically on your role as a teacher, allowing you to extend your knowledge, reflect on and challenge your own teaching, and develop original practices. You will learn from experts and have access to an international community of practitioner researchers.

Your student experience
The programme begins with a compulsory one-week induction seminar at RAD headquarters in London. Individual modules are delivered via distance learning through access to the RAD’s virtual learning environment, Moodle.

Each module has a study guide which introduces you to key topics, concepts and readings, and leads you through a series of study tasks in preparation for a final assessment. You are allocated a specialist tutor for each module, supporting your studies through regular communication via email, telephone, Skype and online forums. Modules are studied across two semesters per academic year. Learning is flexible in that you study from home during hours which suit your employment and personal commitments.

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma Awards

If you would like to study at Masters level (Level 7) but are not yet ready or able to commit to the full Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) programme, you have the option to study the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma. With successful achievement of the required credits, you are eligible to progress from the Postgraduate Certificate to the Postgraduate Diploma or Masters, and from the Postgraduate Diploma to the Masters.

Masters Access Module

If you are interested in Masters level study but would like a taster of Level 7 before committing to a programme of study, you can apply to undertake the Masters Access Module. This is a standalone module at Level 7 which is delivered, tutored and assessed in the same way as all other Masters level modules. Experience of the Access Module will enable you to evaluate whether Level 7 via distance learning is for you.

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MA Award
August Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode

Entry Requirements For This Course

A good honours degree in dance or a degree with a significant dance component.

You should hold a recognised dance teaching qualification and be employed as a dance teacher for the duration of the programme.

We welcome applications from professional dance teachers who do not hold traditional academic qualifications, but have equivalent experiential learning.

You may be asked to undertake a Concessionary Entry Task or complete the Masters Access Module.

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