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Non Teacher Certification Program

Music Education Studies, EdM

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.  

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Program Overview

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
Program delivery Online
Career opportunities
  • Music teachers
  • Conductors and composers
  • Instructor in a college setting
  • Researchers and authors
Application deadline Preferred deadline of Feb 1 for fall and Nov 1 for spring. Rolling after deadline space dependent.

Non Teacher Certification

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 certification.

Why Music Education Studies?

As a student in this program you will:

  • Learn curriculum development patterns to address contemporary demands
  • Learn about research and policy that assist in informed advocacy
  • Learn about current ideas in assessment that set direction for the teaching profession
  • Learn strategies for making the most of students’ valuable music time
  • Learn the psychology of learning as an overarching framework for active music making
  • Learn Music Learning Theory

Program Requirements

Major Area Required Courses (9 credit hours)

  • LAI 554: Measurement and Evaluation in Music Education
  • LAI 569: Introduction to Research in Music Education
  • LAI 606: Curricular and Instructional Foundations of Music Education

Content Electives (12 credit hours)
Any 4 graduate level music content courses approved by your advisor from the list below:

  • LAI 687: Laban Movement Analysis
  • LAI 765: Studies in Music (Music History)
  • LAI 767: Musicianship and Theory – Elementary General
  • LAI 768: Musicianship and Theory – Early Childhood
  • LAI 769: Musicianship and Theory – Instrumental

Education Electives (9 credit hours from the list below)
Any 3 graduate education courses approved by your advisor from the list below:

  • LAI 538: Music Education Practices
  • LAI 561: Technology in Music Education
  • LAI 564: Studies in Music Education
  • LAI 566: Design and Evaluation of Music Curriculum
  • LAI 568: Historical Development of Music Learning Theory
  • LAI 610: Supervision of Music Learning Programs

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.


Application Requirements (US)

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.

Domestic Applicants
To be reviewed for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • An online application
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system
  • Transcripts of all previous academic work uploaded to the online application. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • All supporting documents required for review must be uploaded and attached to your online application.
  • Former/Maiden Name: The Graduate School of Education must be made aware if applicants have ever changed their name. If this is the case, be sure to ask the institution sending your transcripts to indicate your current name and any former or maiden names.

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.

Supporting Documentation

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.

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University Computing Standards

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.