If you possess substantial music content background, wish to be a leader in music education, aim to teach music nationally or internationally, and are not seeking New York State teaching certification, our music education studies program will provide you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals. The program requires 33 credits, 24 of which are required graduate coursework and 9 elective credits that will further strengthen your music education foundation. The coursework is grounded in Music Learning Theory. Our graduates design curriculum and assessment to meet contemporary education demands; integrate digital technologies to enhance music learning; and value music at the core of the curriculum for every student. Classes are small and students get individualized attention.
|Degree granted||Master of Education (EdM)
|Teacher certification granted||None|
|Degree/credentials required for admission
||Bachelor's degree and minimum 30 hours of content area
|Credits required for completion||33
|Time to completion||4 to 5 semesters part-time|
|Application deadline||Preferred deadline of Feb 1 for fall and Nov 1 for spring. Rolling after deadline space dependent.
Apply to this program if you have a substantial music content
background (30 hours of content area minimum) and are not
interested in obtaining a recommendation for New York State
teaching certification. Students that complete this program
without certification can teach outside of New York State,
internationally and within schools that do not require
As a student in this program you will:
Major Area Required Courses (9 credit hours)
Content Electives (12 credit hours)
Any 4 graduate level music content courses approved by your advisor from the list below:
Education Electives (9 credit hours from the list
Any 3 graduate education courses approved by your advisor from the list below:
LAI 700: CAPSTONE EVENT (3 credit hours)
Please note: a grade of B- or higher is required for all coursework in the Music Education Studies Non Teacher Certification Online program.
Applications are considered for fall and spring admission. All online programs have a preferred* deadline of February 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission. After the preferred deadline has passed, admission is rolling for domestic applicants on a space available basis. Admission is competitive: your academic record, written statements and interviews are basic components. Seats are limited so apply early. Students accepted after all spots are filled will be placed on a waiting list and will be formally admitted to the program when a space becomes available.
Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and an interest in music education at the graduate level.
There are no auditions required for the online Music Education EdM program.
To be reviewed for admission, applicants must submit the following:
Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. Typically, this takes between 2-4 weeks. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
All supporting documents must be uploaded and attached to your online application. This includes unofficial copies of your transcripts and any other documents required for review.
All students are required to have access to an adequately equipped computer that meets the University computing standards as well as daily access to a reliable broadband connection (i.e., DSL or cable). Students are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning their course work.
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