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Certificate in Music Education

Jeremy Chesman, Graduate Director
Ellis Hall, Room 211
Phone 417-836-3028

Program description

A non-degree-granting certificate designed for practicing K-12 music teachers. The certificate can be completed through online courses, on-campus courses or a combination of the two.

Admission criteria

This certificate is available to all with demonstrated interest in music education, particularly currently employed music teachers. Admission requirements include an undergraduate degree in music in which they earned a GPA of at least 2.75, a resume, two letters of recommendation and statement of teaching and professional goals. English language proficiency as determined by International Services, or successful completion of the ELI is required.

Students who wish to pursue a certificate after earning a Master of Music degree must do so with no overlap of course content.

Students who complete some or all of the certificate with a grade of B- or better in each course may be admitted to the Master of Music program after going through the full application process. The certificate credits taken will count toward the requirements for the MM degree.

Certificate requirements - 18 hours total

Required courses - 6 hours
Course(s) Area of Study Credit Hours
MUS 701 Music Education Curriculum 3 hrs
MUS 702 General Music Education 3 hrs
Elective courses - 12 hours

Select 12 hours from the following.

Course(s) Area of Study
MUS 606 Marching Band Administration
MUS 609 Choral Literature and Materials for the Secondary Level
MUS 611 Music Education Workshop
MUS 659 String Pedagogy/Instrumental Literature
MUS 661 * Men's Chorus
MUS 663 * Women's Chorus
MUS 674, 774 * Jazz Ensemble
MUS 675, 775 * Band
MUS 678, 778 * University/Community Band
MUS 689 Special Topics in Music - Kodaly Music Workshop or Ethics in Music Education
MUS 707 Psychology of Music
MUS 708 Contemporary Issues in Music Education
MUS 725 History and Philosophy of Music Education
MUS 762 * Choral Union
MUS 768 * Chorale
MUS 776 * University Symphony

*No more than two credit hours of ensembles may be counted toward the certificate.

Completion requirement

Students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 for completion of the certificate.