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

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.  For more information about the program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure page.


  • 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.

Banner Code: AR-CERG-MELP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 21

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

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 5393
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


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.

MUSI 595Internship in Music Education6
Total Credits6