EDUC 6960 Student Teaching Semester in Dance Education (K-12)

The purpose of this capstone course is the development of competence in the art and science of dance instruction. Intensive clinical experience (with a minimum of 300 clock hours of classroom teaching) provides opportunities for continued professional growth through the practice of professional ethics, reflective teaching, instructional design, effective classroom management and authentic assessment. Students will attend a series of seminars and conduct an action research project directly related to their teaching assignment. Dance candidates will be placed in a K-5 setting for the first six weeks of the semester and in a 6-12 setting for the second six weeks. Candidates will be under the supervision of an experienced cooperating teacher/artist-teacher at the school site as well as university faculty with extensive teaching experience. Dance candidate placements will be in schools with both discipline-specific and curriculum-based programming wherever possible.