Online Learning Expands into the Field of Dance: Online Courses Designed for Dance Teachers
Silver Spring, Maryland (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
Quench the thirst for knowledge. Indulge the brain in stimulating new ideas and connections. Online Learning….the latest trend in education, is now being expanded into the field of dance. The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) has launched the Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI) to deliver online dance education courses to dance teachers who need to fulfill professional development requirements, maintain their certification, or who simply have a desire for life-long learning.
NDEO’s OPDI offers online dance education courses featuring pedagogy, teaching methods, dance history, choreography, arts integration, assessments, research and much more. The OPDI will benefit the vast majority of dance teachers, teaching artists and administrators who are working in dance studios, community and cultural centers, K-12 schools or higher education. The courses are designed to appeal to those professionals who want to learn new content areas and strengthen their own teaching and learning skills, or who need professional development courses to maintain certification. The OPDI also provides opportunities for teachers to build a national peer network and develop advocacy skills to promote dance education in their local communities. Successful completion of OPDI courses result in the dance teacher earning NDEO-endorsed Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or a Certificate in Dance (CiD) if they choose to complete the entire program.
Now dance teachers who don’t live near a college or university, or have resources to attend out-of-town conferences and workshops can obtain the professional development they need to excel in their jobs and further their teaching careers from the comfort of their own home. The teacher may take as few or as many courses as they wish toward their own professional development goals. The courses are taught by national experts and utilize videos, readings, online discussions, writing assignments, and projects working with their own students to enhance the learning experience. The OPDI, however, does not offer technique courses in ballet, jazz, modern, etc. It is assumed that the dance teacher is already proficient at dancing their preferred genre, and instead is interested in bolstering their teaching skills and developing a toolkit of options they can refer to when building lesson plans and curriculum for their own students.
Some dance teachers may choose to take only a few courses to fulfill life-long learning desires, while others may seek the Certificate in Dance (CiD) credential. The CiD credential is conferred on a teacher candidate who successfully completes 33 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Dance Education through the NDEO Online Professional Development Institute (OPDI). The CiD is a highly personalized program of study designed to help the dance teacher become highly qualified in any environment in which s/he teaches – K-12, college or university, dance studio or community center, or as a teaching artist. The 33 units consist of both required and elective courses which are uniquely designed for the teacher based on his/her prior training and professional experience in light of future career goals. The CiD, however, does not replace state specific dance certification requirements for K-12 dance teachers.
The summer semester of NDEO’s OPDI starts on May 13th and includes two new courses: Introduction to Dance Education Research, and Choreographic Explorations – What Contemporary Dance Choreographers are Creating Today and Why? Dance teachers who are interested in taking courses will need to complete a simple online application and pay a $ 25 application fee. Once accepted, the teacher will need to sign up for an NDEO individual membership before registering for courses. The deadline to register for summer courses is May 6th.
Founded in1998, the National Dance Education Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated advancing dance education centered in the arts. NDEO believes that everyone should have equal access and opportunity to quality dance education regardless of gender, age, ability, interest, socio-economic status or ethnicity. To that end, the organization provides its members, and the field at large, with advocacy, professional development, standards, leadership, support services and research for dance teachers, artists and administrators in dance education across all genres. You will find NDEO members in PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, dance studios, community centers and performing arts organizations.
To learn more about OPDI courses, tuition fees and application procedures please visit the website at http://www.ndeo.org/opdi.
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