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Certificate in Music Education
John Prescott, Graduate Director
Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts, Room 308
MSU's Title IV Federal Financial Aid, for this certificate, is pending final approval of application to Department of Education. Check with the MSU Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.
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.
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.
Students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 for completion of the certificate.