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Online Test-Prep Course for the DELTA Exam (Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment) Begins 2/18/19

Deadline to Register and Pay for Course is 2/14/19


This Online Test-Prep Course is offered through NDEO’s OPDI program. You must submit the OPDI application before you can register for the course. If you have already submitted the OPDI Application for previous courses there is no need to do so again.


OPDI-M16: Introduction to DELTA – Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment

February 18 to April 14, 2019 (8 weeks)


Professors: Elizabeth McPherson and Marcia McCaffrey

Tuition: $335

Credits: 2 NDEO-endorsed CEUs


This course is designed as preparatory course of study for people with an interest in sitting for the Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment (DELTA). The DELTA exam measures pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) and subject specific content knowledge in dance (aka  ) and was created jointly by the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE).


This course explores the 10 Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) skills clusters within DELTA’s three Domains of Knowledge which include:

  1. Core Dance Processes 
  2. Teaching and Learning
  3. Policies, Facilities, and Technical Production

In addition, this course explores the rationale for why DELTA is important to our field and how it was developed. The following standards are also reviewed as part of the course: National Core Arts Standards in Dance, NDEO Opportunity to Learn Standards, NDEO Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA), and the NDEO Standards for Dance in Early Childhood.

Download the Online Test-Prep Course Information

What is the Dance Entry Level Teacher Assessment (DELTA) -

DELTA is a 90-minute teacher readiness assessment, aligned to national standards, that measures the Pedagogic Content Knowledge and subject specific content knowledge in dance. The test consists of 150 selected response test items with and without stimulus materials. The intent of DELTA is to serve as one measure of allowable proof of subject-matter competency to ensure that beginning dance teachers have the requisite pedagogic content knowledge and skills for successful entry into the public schools.

The DELTA Exam will be offered this Spring from April 15 to May 17, 2019.  

Exam registration options coming soon!



Melissa Greenblatt
NDEO Managing Director
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