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ADTA Education COVID-19 Response

The ADTA Committee on Approval offers recommendations and accommodations for DMT educators and ADTA approved programs during the current COVID-19 crisis. The COA is continuing to monitor the course of this national health emergency and offers our support and solidarity. To read the COA’s statement and access relevant resources, CLICK HERE.

Committee Description

The ADTA Committee on Approval was formed by the Board in 1979 to establish procedures that would ensure and encourage the development and maintenance of standards in dance/movement therapy education. The goal of Approval is to assure students that specified educational standards are met, and to protect the public from inadequately trained practitioners.


Committee Chair

Danielle Fitzpatrick, Antioch University Representative 

Committee Members

  • Danielle Fitzpatrick, Antioch University New England Representative
  • Valerie Blanc,  Lesley University Representative
  • Wendy Allen, Naropa University Representative
  • Ted Ehrhardt, Pratt Institute Representative
  • Susan Orkand, Sarah Lawrence College Representative
  • Elizabeth McNamara, Drexel Representative
  • Leon Rodgers, Public Member
  • Michelle Joubert, Supervisor

Sub-Committee for Approval of Alternate Route Courses
Committee Chair

Susan Saenger, former DMTCB representative 

Committee Members

  • Ted Ehrhardt, Committee on Approval Representative
  • Kim Rothwell, Alternate Route Educator
  • Amber Gray, Alternate Route Educator
  • Laurel Bridges, Alternate Route Educator

Would you like to offer an Alternate Route Course?

ADTA offers an approval process for Alternate Route courses. Approval indicates to students and the public that courses meet high standards for DMT education. Approved courses also ease the application process for Alternate Route R-DMT candidates.


The DMTCB requires that all Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy coursework be approved by the ADTA.  The ADTA Committee on Approval, Subcommittee for Approval of Alternate Route Courses will review courses according to published guidelines. The Application for Course Approval, Guidelines for BC-DMTs Teaching Courses to Alternate Route Students, and Standards for Review and Approval of Alternate Route Courses can be found below:

ADTA Alternate Route Application & Guidelines


Note: All AR course approval documents for Educators have been revised, updated, and combined into one document titled the ADTA Guidelines for Alternate Route Courses. Please consult this new document and the FAQ’s listed below PRIOR to contacting a live person with your questions. If you have questions that are not answered either in these FAQs, the R-DMT Applicant Handbook, or other informational documents and guidelines, please contact the Alternate Route Educators Subcommittee-Core Team or the Chair of the Subcommittee for the Approval of Alternate Route Courses (SAARC).  Contact information on the ADTA website.

Educators may develop courses and organize course topics in many different ways, as long as specific DMT competencies and content requirements are the primary focus of the course. Any single course is not expected to include all competencies or requirements listed in the document.  (See specific requirements and competencies in ADTA Guidelines for Alternate Route Courses.)

When courses are evaluated for approval, the assessment criteria include a) if the course content matches the title of the course, (b) if the course level and credit hours are appropriate for its stated focus and content, and c) if the course meets other specific requirements, listed in the ADTA Guidelines for Alternate Route Courses.

At the completion of their AR course requirements, AR students will be expected to have both a broad and nuanced understanding of DMT history, theory, techniques, skills, applications, and current practices.


There is no required sequencing for AR courses. However, educators are encouraged to develop and offer courses that range from beginning to advanced levels of study.  For example, a student applying for the R-DMT through AR would not be accepted if their entire course of study included only introductory or level I courses.

The course names do not have to match exactly; the actual course title can vary as long as the content falls into one or more of the areas required for the R-DMT. However, the course should cover the competencies and content areas reflected in the title.


This varies by course category.  All ADTA approved AR courses are taught by educators who have been deemed qualified to teach the courses.

DMT Theory and Practice courses and Group Processes in DMT courses must be taught by a BC-DMT credentialed educator.
Movement Observation courses must be taught by someone who is either credentialed or has significant advanced training in a movement observation system such as LMA or KMP. (Refer to ADTA Guidelines for Alternate Route Courses for more details.)
General Training courses have no specific qualifications stipulated for educators.


No, courses offered outside of the US are evaluated in the same way that all AR courses are evaluated. The only difference is that International AR courses’ syllabi need to address language differences related to reading and written assignments. (For example, will students need to have access to translated readings, and what language should be used for written assignments.


Notification of course non-approval is accompanied by a grid identifying specific issues, areas, and concerns that would need to be addressed to ensure approval.  Non-approved courses must be resubmitted, after revision, as a new course and with the requisite fee. If the educator has additional questions, they may also contact the current SAARC chair (Subcommittee on the Approval of Alternate Route Courses)


Approved courses are approved continuously, provided that there are no substantial syllabus changes. Substantial changes are defined as changes beyond updating and refining the course, and include a change in any or all of the following: course focus or objective; format (e.g. from in-person to partially or fully on-line); hour allocation; or a collapse of this course into another.  In the event of substantial change, the instructor agrees to cease using the approval related language and to re-submit the course for approval


Yes, once a course syllabus has been approved, it can be taught at different sites or with a different instructor as long as the syllabus content, course objectives, hour allocation, and format remains the same.