The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Dance (Teacher Certification), Bachelor of Arts

This program leads to a profession which requires an occupational license as defined under Texas Occupations Code 58.001 This requires that all applicants seeking to become licensed must undergo a criminal background check prior to licensure. Students in this program should check with the College of Education and P-16 Integration on the requirements for a criminal background check prior to student teaching.

The Dance Program holds entry auditions by appointment and/or through assessment during initial technique classes, which will determine whether there has been adequate progression to continue as a Dance major.

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

030 Life and Physical Sciences – 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Three credit hours from the lecture component of BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 will be applied towards this requirement.

050 Creative Arts – 3 hours

Select any creative arts course except DANC 2323 Dance Appreciation.

090 Integrative and Experiential Learning – 6 hours

BIOL 2401Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 2402Anatomy and Physiology II

4

One credit hour from the lab component of BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 will be applied towards this requirement.

Major Requirements – 58 Hours

Required Courses - 38 hours

Required:
DANC 1351Introduction to Dance

3

DANC 1202Dance Improvisation

2

DANC 2303Music for Dancers

3

DANC 3301Choreography I

3

DANC 3302Choreography II

3

DANC 3308Dance History

3

DANC 3311Dance Production

3

DANC 3312Dance Philosophy and Criticism

3

DANC 3313World Dance

3

DANC 3320Dance Science

3

DANC 3121Dance Science Lab

1

DANC 4302Senior Project

3

DANC 4309Dance Theory

3

DANC 1202 Dance Improvisation has a co-requisite of [DANC 2246 Modern Dance I or 2345 Modern Dance I] or [DANC 3246 Modern Dance II or DANC 3345 Modern Dance II] or [DANC 4246 Modern Dance III or DANC 4345 Modern Dance III]         

DANC 4309 has a prerequisite of [DANC 3246 Modern Dance II or DANC 3345 Modern Dance II] or [DANC 4246 Modern Dance IIII or DANC 4345 Modern Dance III] or [DANC 3242 Ballet II or DANC 3244 Ballet Technique: Pointe I or DANC 3341 Ballet II] or [DANC 4242 Ballet III or DANC 4341 Ballet III] 

Choose from:

Choose 2 hours from one or a combination of the following repeatable courses:  

DANC 2112Dance Performance: Beginning/Intermediate

1

DANC 3112Dance Performance: Intermediate/Advanced

1

 

Prescribed Electives - 20 hours

The BA in Dance with teacher certification consists of four technique areas: modern dance, ballet, folklorico and flamenco. Students must complete 10 hours in modern dance and 10 hours in a second dance technique area.

Modern Dance - 10 hours minimum

Complete 10 hours in modern dance of which 5 must be advanced.

DANC 2246Modern Dance I

2

DANC 2345Modern Dance I

3

DANC 3246Modern Dance II

2

DANC 3345Modern Dance II

3

DANC 4345Modern Dance III

3

DANC 4246Modern Dance III

2

Second Dance Technique - 10 hours minimum

Choose a second dance technique area and complete a minimum of 10 hours of which a minimum of 5 hours must be advanced. Choose from ballet, folklorico, or flamenco. 
 
Ballet
DANC 2242Ballet I

2

DANC 2244Ballet Technique: Pointe I

2

DANC 2341Ballet I

3

DANC 3242Ballet II

2

DANC 3244Ballet Technique: Pointe II

2

DANC 3341Ballet II

3

DANC 4242Ballet III

2

DANC 4341Ballet III

3

Folklorico
DANC 2250Folklorico I

2

DANC 2349Folklorico I

3

DANC 3250Folklorico II

2

DANC 3349Folklorico II

3

DANC 4250Folklorico III

2

DANC 4349Folklorico III

3

Flamenco
DANC 2254Flamenco I

2

DANC 2353Flamenco I

3

DANC 3254Flamenco II

3

DANC 3353Flamenco II

3

DANC 4254Flamenco III

2

DANC 4353Flamenco III

3

Teacher Certification – 24 Hours

Area of Certification: Dance (7-12)

DANC 4313Dance in the Public Schools

3

EDUC 3301The Teaching Profession and Student Learning in Contemporary Schools

3

EDUC 3302Knowledge of Student Development and Learning

3

EDUC 3304Instructional Planning and Assessment in Culturally Sustaining Classrooms

3

EDUC 3306Evidence-Based Teaching in Positive Learning Environments

3

READ 4305Disciplinary Literacy in Content Area Classrooms

3

EDUC 4611Student Teaching Secondary or All-Level

6

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 124

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Dance Requirements: 

Official entry into Dance Program is through an interview process at the end of the required course Intro to Dance (DANC 1351).

Teacher Education Requirements:

Admission to the Teacher Education Program at the Office of Educator Preparation and Accountability is required for completion of teacher certification requirements with the undergraduate degree. All admission requirements are in accordance to Texas Administrative Code rules §227.10 and the HEA Title II accountability requirements. All applicants must meet the current certification requirements in effect at the time of application, regardless of the catalog year of degree plan.

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

Dance Requirements: 

For all dance technique courses, faculty approval is needed to advance from level to level (e.g., from Level I to Level II). This may result in repeating a certain level one or more times. 

Teacher Education Requirements:

 

Admission to the Clinical Teaching Program is required for successful completion of the teacher education program. For current clinical teaching program admission, application process and timeline visit the Clinical (Student) Teaching Program website  

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Dance Requirement:

A ranking of Satisfactory or higher in Professional Portfolio completed in DANC 4302. 

Must have a grade of “C” or better in all DANC courses.  

Overall GPA of 2.5.