Teaching Qualifications

Of the qualifications listed below, the Foundation in Dance Instruction and Certificate in Dance Education are accredited by the Regulatory Authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (QCA, DELLS and ACCAC).

Foundation in Dance Instruction (FDI)
(EU only)

This qualification gives prospective dance teachers a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to teach dance in a safe environment. The units covered include teaching skills with a focus on teaching observation, promotion of health and safety, lifespan development and learning, and dance practice and a contextual study focusing upon the ISTD syllabi for the chosen genre.

To study the FDI candidates must be 17 or above in the academic year they register and hold an Intermediate qualification in the genre they wish to study. Successful candidates move on to the Certificate in Dance Education and may apply for Student Membership of the Society.

Associate
(Non EU and EU Dance Sport only)

As with the FDI within the EU, this qualification gives prospective dance teachers a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge needed to teach dance in a safe environment.

To be eligible to take the Associate examination, candidates should hold the relevant entry criteria as specified in the individual genre syllabi. Successful candidates move on to the Associate Diploma (Theatre) or Licentiate (Dance Sport) and may apply for Associate membership of the Society.

Certificate in Dance Education (CDE)
(EU only)

This qualification builds on the skills gained in the FDI and gives prospective dance teachers further insight into the units covered with more emphasis upon planning, implementing and evaluating dance lessons. At this level candidates are expected to complete a variety of different assessments to ensure sound knowledge of teaching strategies, safe practice, ISTD syllabi and knowledge of the background to their chosen dance genre.

To study the CDE candidates must be 18 or above in the academic year they register, and hold the FDI and Advanced 1 in the genre they wish to study. Successful candidates are qualified to teach and enter students in the relevant genre and may apply for Associate membership of the Society.

Associate Diploma
(Non EU Theatre only)

As with the CDE, this qualification builds on the skills gained in the Associate and gives prospective dance teachers further insight into the teaching of dance in their chosen genre or genres.

To be eligible to take the Associate Diploma examination , candidates must be have reached the age of 21, hold the Associate qualification in the relevant genre and have completed three years of responsible teaching in that genre. Successful candidates are qualified to teach and enter students in the relevant genre and may apply for Associate membership of the Society (AISTD Dip).

Licentiate

This qualification further builds on the skills learnt in the CDE and tests the competent dance teacher further both in syllabus knowledge and teaching skill.

To be eligible to take the Licentiate examination, candidates must hold the CDE or Associate Diploma (or Associate for Dance Sport). Further entry details are given in the relevant syllabus. Successful candidates may apply to train as examiners of the relevant faculty and apply to become Approved Tutors to teach student teachers on the FDI and CDE programmes.

Fellowship

This is the highest teaching qualification offered by the ISTD, further building on the skills and experienced gained through the Licentiate qualification.

To be eligible to take the Fellowship examination, candidates must hold the Licentiate qualification in the relevant genre and comply with the other criteria listed in the relevant syllabi. Successful candidates may stand for election to their Faculty Committee, apply to train as examiners of the relevant faculty, and apply to become Approved Tutors to teach student teachers on the FDI and CDE programmes.

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