This certificate may be earned on a full-time or part-time basis.

Admissions

  • In addition to standard requirements through the university's online application, requirements for this program include:
  • Transcript audit that indicates: Bachelor of Music or its equivalent, minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 (Endorsement Worksheet)
  • Official copy of Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (or equivalency)1
  • One page professional goals statement submitted with application
  • Upon application review by music education faculty, the successful applicant will be invited to an interview and music skills proficiency exam.

Coursework completed at other institutions will not be considered for transfer into this graduate certificate program. Applicants who believe they have met requirements for a license are encouraged to apply directly to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Instructions and a type-and-print verson of the application for a teaching license can be found on the VDOE website at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/application.pdf

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Specifics regarding testing requirements and passing scores are dictated by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and can be found online at https://cehd.gmu.edu/teacher/test/praxis

Banner Code: AR-CERG-MELP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 21

Required Courses

Upon admission to this graduate certificate the candidate must complete the following:2

MUSI 561Music Curriculum and Instructional Procedures3
MUSI 593Foundations of Music Education3
EDUC 539Human Development and Learning PK-123
EDRD 501Literacy and Curriculum Integration, PK-123
Select one from the following:3
Instrumental Methods for Band
Instrumental Methods, Strings
Vocal and Choral Methods
Total Credits15

Internship

Upon completion of coursework the candidate must complete a student teaching internship at the elementary and secondary levels in a program-approved public or private school (6 credits). Prior to being permitted to student teach, the candidate must complete and pass the VCLA, the Praxis Subject Assessment (Music Content Knowledge-5113)1, and the MTEC Competency Check2.

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 Coursework completed at other institutions will not be considered for transfer into this graduate certificate program. Applicants who believe they have met requirements for a license are encouraged to apply directly to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Instructions and a type-and-print version of the application for a teaching license can be found on the VDOE website at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/application.pdf

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The requirements and procedures for applying for an internship as well as the MTEC Competency Checks is outlined in the Music Education Handbook (www.music.gmu.edu). Candidates will be advised to sign up for vocal and/or instrumental technique courses during coursework as needed to help prepare them for these exams. Note that techniques courses are not required and thus cannot be transferred or counted as course substitutions for completion of the certificate.

MUSI 595Internship in Music Education6-9
Total Credits6-9