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Music Teacher


Official Name of Program

Music Teacher

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

MAT - Master of Arts in Teaching



NYSED Program Code

25824 - MU-MAT

CIP Code


The combined Master's Degree in Applied Music and Music Teaching offers students who have already earned a bachelor's degree and developed a professional level of performance ability the opportunity to continue serious study in music while simultaneously developing teaching competency. The program is designed to prepare students to apply for K-12 certification in New York State. Upon successful completion of additional certification requirements, including specified teacher examinations, candidates will be eligible to receive Initial Certification to teach music in New York State in grades K-12. Courses are offered in Pedagogical Methods, Music History, Theory, and Performance along with School of Education topics. Students are supervised in their fieldwork and student teaching or internship by faculty members in the Department of Music.

To receive the music certification students must also complete NYSED certification requirements, including specified teacher examinations and workshops. Academic advisement is provided by the Graduate Advisers or Coordinators of the Department of Music and/or the School of Education.

To graduate, students must complete all the program requirements with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

*The New York State Education Department provides guidelines for required undergraduate coursework.