Masters of Arts in Teaching – Emphasis in Dance

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Distance Education in Curriculum & Instruction with NMSU Dance Program
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Program Description

The Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Dance (MATD) focuses on the integration of the advanced study of dance education with that of the best current pedagogical and methodological practices. Students may focus on PreK-12 to adult learning contexts, both in educational and public or private sector settings through concentrated study in the areas of Contemporary Dance, DanceSport, or Spanish Dance. Program participants take 19 hours of graduate-level Dance coursework, and 15 hours of graduate Education classes. In the final semester of study, program participants choose between writing a thesis or taking the Master’s Comprehensive Exam in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

The MAT-Dance will provide professional development in the theory and practice of dance education. The emphasis will be to 1) develop learning communities that will support self-expression, human development, scholarly inquiry, and artistic creativity; 2) provide interactive academic and extracurricular activities for investigating the aesthetic, intellectual, political, and spiritual scope of society within global and local perspectives; 3) investigate cross-cultural and interdisciplinary points of view in accordance with the United States multicultural heritage and the diversity of world customs and traditions; 4) cultivate an arena that will give full expression to the creative impulses of individuals and communities in order to enhance the well-being of societies and better equip them to interact in a global and dynamic world; and 5) challenge students to develop a commitment to community service through teaching and performing.

The MAT-Dance does NOT lead to professional licensure for teaching in public school systems. For information on obtaining professional licensure, please contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at (575) 646-4820 or contact the NMSU Dance Program at (575)-646-6001.




The 34 hours required for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree in the concentration of Dance can be completed in two years or less by combining on-campus and Distance Education course work from the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Kinesiology & Dance.




Master’s of Arts in Teaching Dance Program Information

Revised MATD Feb. 2019


(19 credits, on-campus and selected on-line courses)
These courses are taught by professors in the Department of Kinesiology & Dance. The participants are required to take DANC 551 (Movement as Social Text, 3 credits) and DANC 566 (Advanced Theory of Dance Pedagogy, 3 credits). The thirteen remaining hours are electives. The Dance electives coursework will be selected in consultation with the Master of Arts in Dance advisor, Dr. Ray Backlund, in the Department of Kinesiology & Dance. Each graduate student will have a program of study that is designed for their teaching goals and objectives.

(15 credits, either on-campus or on-line)
 Seda y Canela These Education courses are offered online throughout the academic year, and are also offered on-campus. These classes represent the required core for the MAT programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Required Education Courses:

  • EDUC 515 – Multicultural Education
  • EDUC 516 – Curriculum and Pedagogy I
  • EDUC 518 – Technology and Pedagogy
  • EDUC 519 – Research Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • EDUC 520 – Action Research Projects

Program Entry Requirements and Application Procedures

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  1. Submit an application for admission, the corresponding fee and original college transcripts to:
    Graduate Student Services New Mexico State University PO Box 30001, MSC 3G
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001 Phone: (575) 646-5746
  2. Download the application form from Graduate Student Services, on the “Field of study” line please enter “Curriculum and Instruction, MATCHG” with a concentration in “DANC”; if you complete the electronic form, under “Planned Degree and Major”, please select “Master of Arts in Teaching” with a concentration in “Dance”.

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What Else Should I Know?

For more information contact:

Dr. Ray Backlund
Dept. of Kinesiology & Dance
(575) 646-6002

Once you are accepted into the MAT-Dance Program and need assistance with enrolling in online course work, you may contact the College of Education Distance Education office:
Dr. Juanita M. Hannan
(575) 646-3784