Approval for Alternate Route Courses

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 by complying with the ADTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training. 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, Subcommittee for Approval of Alternate Route Courses (SAARC) will review courses according to published guidelines upon receipt of an application, accompanying documentation, and the $25 USD application fee. Here are some resources you will need:

Reapproval Process for ADTA Approved Courses

ADTA Approved Alternate Route Courses are initially approved for five years. SAARC conducts comprehensive five-year reapproval reviews to ensure continued compliance with standards. All approved courses must submit the application for approval, $25 USD application fee, syllabi, and educators CVs in accordance with the Application for Approval of Alternate Route DMT Courses (above) during the fifth year of approval.

Implementing Revised Standards
The Education Committee conducts periodic revisions of the ADTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training.

Alternate Route education track is in the process of updating education standards (see below). Educators will need to write their syllabi following the guidelines found in Section I-B of the Standards. These updates to the standards impact the process by which educators apply for course approval.

Questions Regarding Approval of Alternate Route Courses:

We are here to help you with your course approval. Refer to the standards, the application form, the Guide to Approval and the R-DMT Applicant Handbook as primary resources. Further questions about approval or course development can be directed to the Chair of the Subcommittee for Approval of Alternate Route Courses (SAARC) at [email protected] or the Chair of the Alternate Route Educators Subcommittee (ARES) at [email protected] respectively.

FAQs Regarding Approval of Alternate Route Courses:

What content areas, courses, and topics should be included in an AR approved course?

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 standards.

When courses are evaluated for approval, there are a number of the assessment criteria including:

  1. A detailed review of the syllabus
  2. The credentials and training of the educator
  3. Compliance with standards as listed in the ADTA Standards for Education and Clinical Training.Further details and tips can be found in A Guide to Approval for Alternate Route Educators.

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, practice, and professional development. 

Who is qualified to teach AR courses?

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.
  • General Training courses have no specific qualifications stipulated for educators.

Are the requirements different for courses being offered outside of the US? 

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.

What can I do if my course was not approved?

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 at [email protected]

I am revising/updating/adapting my already approved AR course; at what point should it be submitted and re-reviewed as a new course?

Approved courses are approved for a five-year period, 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 credit, course title, course description or course objectives; method of instruction (e.g. from in-person to partially or fully on-line, or vice versa); 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.

Can the course be offered by the instructor at a different site or by a different instructor? 

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. A different instructor must still meet the educational requirements for credentialing and training in order to teach the course.