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Advanced Dance Teacher Training Qualifications

For experienced teachers and ex-professional dancers

Competition for jobs within the dance sector is fierce and the need for recognised teaching qualifications is more critical than ever. The ISTD appreciates this and understands the importance of sustaining a lifelong career in dance teaching. So, if you have already completed your initial dance teacher training, or if you are a professional dancer looking for a career change, invest in your professional development through the ISTD’s advanced dance teacher training programme.

-       With a recognised dance teaching qualification from the ISTD, you can open your horizons to a much wider range of opportunities across the private and public sectors.

-       It is important to invest in, and be passionate about, your own continuing professional development.

-       It should improve your employability.

-       It will allow you to grow both professionally and personally.

One option is to follow the route of ISTD qualifications. The ISTD’s Licentiate and Fellowship are two highly regarded, internationally recognised advanced teacher training qualifications which build on the skills learnt in the ISTD’s initial teacher training and combine these with the knowledge and experience that come with practice as a teaching practitioner.

The alternative option is with the portfolio of ISTD regulated qualifications. Through the ISTD’s partnership with Middlesex University and its Institute for Work Based Learning, ISTD trained dancers and teachers have the possibility to progress onto two Middlesex University validated awards, the BA Hons in Professional Practice and the MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy. Alternatively, the ISTD’s Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy is a vocational dance teaching qualification regulated at Level 6 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework that will develop and refine your teaching skills within the context of your chosen dance style.

These five qualifications offer a wide range of opportunities for anyone who holds an initial dance teacher qualification as well as professional dancers looking to change career or experienced dance teachers from other sectors.  This portfolio is aimed at those interested in building on their initial teacher training, in gaining recognition as a teacher in the wider sector and in being able to transfer their skills across sectors.  But which is the right qualification for you? 

Which is the right qualification for me?  

As the ISTD has such a wide selection of qualifications in its advanced dance teacher education portfolio, it is worth taking the time to consider all the different options available to you and to think about what you hope to achieve as a result of the qualification. 

To help you with your decision, please take a look at some of the frequently asked questions listed below which illustrate possible progression routes within the ISTD and the wider dance teaching industry.  You can then click on the following links for detailed information on the route suitable for you. 

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ISTD qualifications

ISTD regulated qualifications

 


 

ISTD qualifications 

- Do you want to progress with your teaching with the ISTD without completing a regulated qualification?
- Do you want to tutor on the DDI and DDE programmes?
- If you're a Dancesport teacher, do you want to apply to the British Dance Council for a Championship Adjudicators’ Licence to adjudicate for higher level competitions?
- Are you thinking about standing for election to your Faculty committee? 

Then the Licentiate qualification might be for you.

 


 

- Do you want to achieve the ISTD's highest level teaching qualification?
- Are you interested in applying to become an ISTD examiner?
- Do you want to tutor on the DDI and DDE programmes?
- Do you want to progress further within the ISTD from your Licentiate?
- Are you thinking about standing for election to your Faculty committee?
- If you're a Dancesport teacher, do you want to apply to the British Dance Council for a Championship Adjudicators’ Licence to adjudicate for higher level competitions? 

Then the Fellowship qualification might be for you.

 


 

ISTD regulated qualifications

-Have you got your CDE, DDE or Associate Diploma and want to progress onto a Level 6 qualification?
- Do you want to develop yuor teaching specific ISTD genre to a refined level?
- Do you want to gain professional status of a full teaching qualification?
- Are you interested in progresing to Higher Education?
- Do you want to gain Licentiate status of the ISTD?
- Do you want to tutor on the DDI and DDE programmes?
- Are you an ex-professional dancer who wants to gain a route into teaching with the ISTD?
- Do you want to stand for election to your Faculty committee?
- Are your thinking about teaching in the maintained sector?

Then the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy might be for you.

 

Level 6

 


 

- Do you want to receive Higher Education recognition for your ISTD training (both vocational and     teacher training)?
- Do you want to access a GTP programme to gain QTS?
- Are you keen to gain recognition through a BA Honours qualification?
- Do you currently not hold a degree but are looking to apply onto a PGCE programme?
- Do you want to gain a BA through a work-based learning route?

Then the BA in Professional Practice might be for you.

 


 

 - Are you interested in progressing from your ISTD Licentiate, Fellowship or Level 6 onto a Masters qualification?
- Have you always wanted to take your ISTD learning to post-graduate level?
- Are you an experienced practitioner who wants to develop their practice within the area of dance technique pedagogy through critical reflection?
- Do you want to receive HE recognition for your skills and expertise in advanced dance teaching?

Then the MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy  might be for you.

 

 

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