Music Teaching Certification



Major in Music with Public School Certification to Teach Music

The Major in Music with Public School Certification to Teach Music consists of the following courses: 131, 132, 223, 229, 247, 248, 308, 321 or 324, 323, 325 (two credits) and 493; three of the following two-credit courses in instrumental or vocal methods: 305A, 305B, 305C, 305D; plus four semester hours of ensemble.

Interested students should meet with the education department’s certification officer as soon as possible their freshman or sophomore 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 K-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 K-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 a candidate's background.

All students must also meet the following professional requirements: Education 103, 223, 304, 313, 341, 450 and 449; Human Development 111, 225. It is advisable to take Education 223 and Human Development 111 in the freshman 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 450 concurrently with Education 449.

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 freshman year. In the senior year the student will devote one semester primarily to teacher preparation, taking Education 457 concurrently with Education 450.

Suggested course of study for secondary certification

Please note that not every course is offered every semester, or even every year, and so the following is just a broad outline of a course of study; it is crucial that a student work closely with both their major adviser in the music department, and the certification officer in the education department, to develop a plan that coordinates with the typical schedule of offerings. Where particular semesters correspond to particular courses it is noted, but this, too, is variable.

Freshman year (all certification students, elementary or secondary, unless otherwise noted):

MUS 131 (Fall)
MUS 132 (Spring)
EDU 223(Spring)
HMD 111 for elementary
EDU 103 (1 credit-Spring any year)
General Education courses in the natural or social sciences and mathematics
Foreign language
Applied study in instrument or voice
Ensemble

Sophomore year:

HMD 225
MUS 223 (Fall)
MUS 323 (Spring)
EDU 305 for secondary students EDU 341 elementary students
On or two of the following: MUS 229, 247, 248
One or two 2-credit music methods courses
General Education course in the natural or social sciences
U.S. history survey course
Applied study in instrument or voice
Ensemble

Junior year:

MUS 308
MUS 325 (two credits)
One or two of the following: MUS 229, 247, 248
MUS 493 (Spring)
EDU 304 or (not both) EDU 313 for elementary students HMD 307 for secondary students
One or two 2-credit music methods courses
General Education course in English
Applied study in instrument or voice
Ensemble

Senior year:

EDU 450/449 secondary students or 450/457 elementary students (Fall or Spring)
Any remaining methods or music history courses
MUS 321 or 324 (Fall)
Applied study in instrument or voice
Ensemble

Contact information:

Phone:
860-439-2760
Fax:
860-439-5457


Email smgra@conncoll.edu


Education Department
Bolles House
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196
Located on Williams Street, behind Harkness Chapel