The Doctoral Program in Dance Education Program at Teachers College views dance as an essential form of embodied experience through which people imagine and create, shape identity and understand cultures, teach, learn, research, and communicate meaning about diverse human experiences. Our community welcomes dance educators who celebrate a rich variety of dance traditions and who are deeply committed to enacting our mission to cultivate educational opportunities that are accessible, inclusive, equitable, and excellent for all dance learners. The doctoral students in our community are interested in researching a wide range of educational issues impacting critically underrepresented sectors of the field, such as PK-12 dance education, high-school to post-secondary transition, university dance teacher preparation, teacher advancement, and dance teacher certification for example. Our work with doctoral students aims to critically examine historical assumptions, reflect on our current contexts, engage in collaborative dialogue, enact socially just practices, imagine future possibilities, and forge new paths in dance education.
Recognized by scholars the primary incubator for the development of dance education as a field in PK-12 schools and universities, Teachers College has played a principal role in cultivating and empowering dance education leaders for over 100 years.Nested in the arts mecca of New York City and as the nation’s premier institution in the teaching of teachers in all fields, Teachers College is the ideal place to earn a doctorate in dance education and to join the legacy of dance education leadership.