Who is this pathway for?
For dance professionals, seeking to gain GTCS registration, this pathway provides a GTCS accredited Masters level qualification in the teaching of dance within a school context. The pathway provides opportunities to develop and demonstrate the specialist knowledge and skills required to teach dance successfully across the Scottish school curriculum. With bespoke support from a range of educational and subject specialists, you will have the opportunity to build an evidence base to demonstrate your engagement with the GTCS Standards for Provisional Registration.
What does this pathway lead to?
On successful completion of this pathway you will gain a MEd in Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts qualification, GTCS provisional registration in dance, and will have gathered significant evidence of your commitment to professionalism to learning and teaching in dance, leading to increased employability within the Scottish school sector.
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 critical and scholarly reflection by critically exploring your learning priorities as both a dancer and teacher.
In the ‘Teaching Artist’ module, you will have the opportunity to critically explore your practice in light of the policies and learning theories that are relevant to your teaching in the Scottish school sector. You will deliver and evaluate two short teaching sessions designed to meet the needs of your learners.
Years one and two
Spanning years 1 and 2, ‘Context and Culture (School Experience)’ will engage you in a series of school placements that will help you develop and evidence your ability to design, deliver and evaluate your teaching of dance within a school context.
‘Inclusive Education’ will help you engage in a practice-based research case study focused on learners with additional support needs, and to gain an understanding of the need to develop truly inclusive educational experiences. In ‘Practitioner Enquiry’ you will engage in a critical exploration of your practice, looking at work-based research, effective pedagogies and policies in a schools 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. 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.