Who is this pathway for?
For GTCS registered secondary teachers who have a remit for teaching dance within their school, this GTCS-accredited Masters level qualification provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate the specialist knowledge and skills required to teach dance successfully across the Scottish secondary school curriculum. With bespoke support from a range of educational and subject specialists, you will construct an evidence base to demonstrate your engagement with the GTCS Standards for Registration.
What does this pathway lead to?
On successful completion of this qualification you will gain a MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts qualification, GTCS 2nd subject registration in dance, and be able to provide significant evidence of your commitment to, and professionalism in, learning and teaching in dance, leading to increased employability within the Scottish Secondary school sector.
What do participants say?
‘This course creates a platform for credibility in your Dance education practice through the GTCS registration. Pathway 1 has afforded me the opportunity to critically analyse my teaching methodologies, planning, and development within my second subject. I feel guided and supported in developing myself as a dance practitioner and educator.’
What would I study and when?
Over the duration of the programme you will engage in five modules of study:
In the first module, ‘Approaches to Critical Artistry’, you will develop skills in critical and scholarly reflection by critically exploring your learning priorities as both a dancer and teacher. In ‘Practitioner Enquiry’ you will engage in a critical exploration of your practice, looking at practice-based research, effective pedagogies and policies in a schools context.
Years one and two
Spanning years 1 and 2, ‘Context and Culture (Dance)’ allows you to develop and evidence your ability to design, deliver and evaluate your teaching of dance within a secondary school context, and to expand your knowledge and skills in dance over a series of self-directed learning experiences. Your subject mentor will support you in identifying the experiences that will address your learning needs, such as professional placements, projects, masterclasses, or RCS choice modules.
In ‘Project (PG Cert)’ you will design, deliver and evaluate a work-based research project in dance that will enhance the development of identified learners in a school context.
In the ‘Final Project’ module you will design your own project to meet your educational needs and professional aspirations. This project can take a number of different forms including but not limited to: curriculum documentation, a strategic plan, a dissertation, a performance, workshops or the design and delivery of new dance classes. This self-generated project might involve creative and collaborative partnership, or be a solo project. You must design a mechanism for disseminating your project findings.
How would I study this pathway?
The programme is delivered part-time over a three-year period, through a combination of online workshops, weekend seminars, independent learning, and work-based learning within your own professional context. From the outset, you will engage in a multidisciplinary arts education community of practice with students across all of the PG Learning and Teaching programmes, and, within your specific pathway, you will join an Action Learning Set to share in targeted peer support. A personal supervisor will work with you throughout your studies and you will engage with a subject mentor and professional mentor as you progress through the programme.
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is in the World Top 5 for performing arts education
- We offer a rich and multidisciplinary community of practice
- A unique programme designed specifically for performing artists and teachers
- The opportunity to gain a teaching qualification at Masters level
- Personal supervision and mentoring by expert teachers and artists in the performing arts
- Opportunities to develop specialist or new skills in your subject discipline or a related performing arts subject
- Access to unrivalled performing arts education provision, facilities, resources and expertise
- Opportunities for artistic and educational collaboration between teachers and artists
Graduates from pathways 1, 2 and 5 will increase their employability and opportunities for promotion within the schools sector.
Some funding is available for Scottish-domiciled applicants for this programme and can be applied for on the offer of a place.