Dance Certification Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Dance Teacher Certification Program

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree who desire elementary (1-6), secondary (9-12) or middle school (5-9) teacher certification without seeking another degree.  Course work may be completed on a part-time basis through University College, which offers lower tuition than the day school. Course work is taken for undergraduate credit. This program leads to teacher certification only; no degree is granted through this program. Those interested in teacher certification should contact the Education Department’s Student Services Coordinator/Certification Officer, Alyssa K. McDonald, to discuss their options. Ms. McDonald may be reached via email at or by phone at 314-935-6791.

Requirements for teacher certification are mandated by the state of Missouri and can be found on the state of Missouri's Department of Elementary & Secondary Education website.  State-approved certification programs may set their requirements above and beyond the minimum requirements set by the state.

Professional Education

Washington University's teacher preparation programs provide the professional education that qualifies a student for certification to teach in the public schools. On the recommendation of the Department of Education, the Missouri State Department of Education will issue a teaching certificate to an individual who successfully completes a Washington University teacher preparation program.

The education course work required includes both a semester of Field Experience observation and a semester of Student Teaching.  Please be aware that the Field Experience course requires 50 hours of observation in a classroom during the semester, and that Student Teaching will be full-time for 10-14 weeks during the following semester.  You cannot work during the day for the duration of your student teaching. 


Admission is based upon a strong undergraduate record or significant experience which suggests future success in the teaching field. Applicants must hold a bachelor's or higher degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of 3.0 in the subject area to be taught.

Additional Post-Baccalaureate Program information:

Secondary/Middle School Certification

For more information, please contact:
Office of Student Services
Department of Education, Box 1183
Washington University
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 935-6791

Certificate in Somatic Studies

The Certificate in Somatic Studies is administered through Washington University's University College, and courses are listed under the Performing Arts Department's Dance Program. It is composed of a minimum of 17 credit units of course work, including the required 2-unit course, U31 285 “Introduction to Somatic Practices,” an introductory survey of a variety of practices offered in the program, complemented by lectures on related disciplines such as biology, philosophy, and psychology. Students choose an additional 15 units from the courses noted below according to individual interests and goals. As noted above, with the coordinator’s approval a maximum of 3 units of other course work, including courses from other disciplines, may be applied to the Certificate in Somatic Studies.

Learn More on University College's Website