If you want to teach dance in UK secondary education, then our full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching programme is for you. It provides the opportunity to acquire the expertise to become a dance specialist teacher for the 11-19 curriculum, and UK government recognition as a teacher.
The programme comprises of a minimum of 12 weeks on site at the RAD in London and 24 weeks in professional placements within schools or colleges.
Modules located at RAD headquarters are delivered through taught sessions including practical sessions, lectures and seminars. Whilst on placement in schools and colleges our students work with School-based Tutors who are dance specialists able to provide support for planning, teaching and self-reflection.
There are three interrelated areas of study across the year:
- Dance Studies
- Professional Studies
- School Experience and Teaching
During the programme you will extend your knowledge of dance as a subject in secondary education and study a selection of dance specifications, courses and curricula.
In preparation for teaching, you will be introduced to education theories and pedagogies and study the professional standards and requirements for all teachers working in the UK state sector. In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status, you will be required to demonstrate achievement of all the Standards legislated by the UK government.
School Experience and Teaching
The third strand of the programme takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges in the form of two different School Experience and Teaching placements.
Three modules take place at RAD headquarters and focus on developing dance subject knowledge and pedagogical understanding. You will have the opportunity to work with the Faculty of Education’s highly-qualified teaching staff, study alongside other students and benefit from the RAD’s specialist dance facilities.
The other module takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges as two different School Experience and Teaching placements. You will take on different roles and responsibilities, undertaking carefully supervised teaching and becoming integrated into the life of the department and the school or college.
You will be required to complete written assignments, give presentations and be assessed in teaching. Throughout the programme, you will be continually assessed against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status which must be met in order to qualify as a teacher.