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

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified on the Graduate Admissions policy page. Specific graduate admissions requirements can be found on the College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduate Admissions requirements page.


For policies governing all Graduate Certificate programs, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: AR-CERG-MELP

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 21

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

Required Courses

MUSI 561Music Curriculum and Instructional Procedures3
MUSI 593Foundations of Music Education3
EDRD 501Literacy in Fine Arts, Health, and Physical Education3
EDUC 511Child and Adolescent Development in Global Contexts3
Select one course from the following:3
Instrumental Methods for Band
Instrumental Methods, Strings
Vocal and Choral Methods
CVPA 600CVPA Graduate ProSeminar 20
Total Credits15

Students should contact their academic advisor in regards to fulfilling this requirement.


Must be taken within the student's first 2 semesters


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), and the MTEC Competency Check1.

MUSI 595Internship in Music Education6
Total Credits6

The requirements and procedures for applying for an internship as well as the MTEC Competency Check is outlined in the Music Education Handbook . 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.