How Can I Become a Dance/Movement Therapist? How Long Does it Take?

First Steps to Becoming a Dance/Movement Therapist

There are a number of different ways to become a dance/movement therapist. This first way is by attending an ADTA approved graduate program. Currently, (November, 2018) there are six approved programs:


By attending one of these schools, graduates will take coursework and complete field placements and internships that will render them eligible for the Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credential upon graduation. Most programs take two to three years to complete with full-time attendance. To find out more about each school, their focus, requirements, prerequisites, and the application process, contact each school directly.

If attending an ADTA approved graduate school is not possible, there are other solutions. A second option is education through the Alternate Route. This option requires you to pursue and earn a Master’s degree in a related field and take additional, approved dance/movement therapy coursework.  Alternate route programs include general coursework, field placement, internship, and dance experience.



This option is more flexible than attending a school and engaging in their programmatic structure, as you can plan and schedule your dance/movement therapy courses at your own pace. Due to the flexible nature, the length of time it takes to complete the alternate route option varies from student to student. After graduating from a Master’s program and completing the approved, additional dance/movement therapy coursework, you will be eligible to apply for credentials through the ADTA.

There is a wealth of information regarding educational requirements, approved programs, and alternate route options on the ADTA website.

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