Music Teaching Certification

The Major in Music with a concentration in Music Education, which leads to a Public School Certification to Teach Music, consists of a minimum of ten core music courses along with additional music coursework specific to the music education concentration. The core courses consists of MUS 206, 223, 229, 247, 248, 493; one of the following MUS 320, 323, or 324; and three additional music electives chosen from MUS 103, 108, 117, or any 4-credit 200- or 300-level music course (only one 100-level course may be used to fulfill these electives, and at least one must be above the 200-level). The additional music education requirements are MUS 305A, 305B, 305C, and 305D (2-credits each); MUS 308; MUS 325 (2-credits); a minimum of four semesters of applied study (MUS 215); and a minimum of four semesters of ensemble.

Interested students should meet with the Education Department’s Certification Officer as soon as possible in their first year or second year. In addition, they must complete the state certification requirements as listed by the Education Department. 

It is important to note that the State of Connecticut has only a PK-12 certification in music. Here, we require that the student specialize in either elementary or secondary music even though the student will be receiving the PK-12 certificate.

Elementary Music Education Requirements 

The prospective elementary teacher must have a minimum of 39 semester hours in general education, including a survey course in U.S. history and study in the following areas: natural sciences; social studies; English; mathematics; and foreign language or fine arts. The Education Department may specify areas of general study depending on the student's background.

All students must also meet the following professional requirements: Education 103, 223, 304, 313, 341, 445 and 450; Human Development 111, 225. It is advisable to take Education 223 and Human Development 111 in the first year, Human Development 225 and 341 in the sophomore year, and Education 304 and 313 in the junior year. Education 103 can be taken any year.

During either the first or second semester of the senior year, the student will devote the full semester to teacher preparation, taking Education 445 concurrently with Education 450.

Secondary Music Education Requirements 

The prospective secondary teacher must have a minimum of 39 semester hours in general education including a survey course in U.S. history and study in five of the following areas: natural sciences; social studies; fine arts; English; mathematics; and foreign language. The education department may specify areas of general study depending on a candidate's background. In addition, candidates for secondary certification generally must major in the area in which they seek certification.

All students must also meet the following professional requirements: Education 103, 223, 305, 450 and 457; Human Development 225 and 307. Education 103 can be taken any year.

It is advisable to take Education 223 in the first year. In the senior year the student will devote one semester primarily to teacher preparation, taking Education 457 concurrently with Education 450.

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If students are interested in Music Teacher Certification, we recommend that they set up a meeting as soon as possible with Prof. John Madura, Education Department Certification Officer, 860-439-2014. During these one-on-one meetings, Prof. Madura works with each student to determine a viable Planned Pattern of Study. (In advance of meeting, students are welcome, but not required, to explore a Sample Planned Pattern of Study and sketch ideas into the Planned Pattern of Study form.)