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Certification in Music Education

Earn your P-12 music education certificate without the commitment of a master’s degree through this graduate-level, non-degree program aimed at students with a background in music or education.

You will study music education topics, gain classroom experience, and contribute to a diverse, heterogeneous community of learners and teachers.


  • Gain field experience in elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Spans three full-time semesters
  • Earn initial certification to teach music in grades P-12


You will take courses in advanced conducting, foundations of human development for education, inclusion of students with special needs, music for exceptional children, and more. Additionally, you will gain practical experiences in elementary, middle, and high school music classrooms during a full-time, semester-long student teaching position.

Students must be full-time for three academic-year semesters in order to complete the coursework required for certification.


  1. Earned bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited institution
  2. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  3. At least three letters of recommendation
  4. Music education supplemental essay, including:
  • Academic preparedness for graduate education
  • Experiences in educational and other relevant settings
  • Contributions to a diverse, heterogeneous community of learner and teachers
  • Appropriateness of career aspirations for music education

Additional requirements:

  • Pass the Hodgson School of Music Piano Proficiency examination
  • Pass GACE I and II exams; (register through College of Education, Educational Testing Service: GACE test codes 10113 and 30111)
  • Obtain Pre-Service Certificate, purchase Foliotek account
  • Attend the monthly music education seminar
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