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Official Name of Program


Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

MAT - Master of Arts in Teaching



NYSED Program Code

25823 - MUAC-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. Once students have completed the degree requirements as well as any outstanding requirements at the undergraduate level, along with the New York State Teaching Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and workshops*, they are eligible to apply for New York State Certification. Counseling is provided by the Graduate Advisers or Coordinators of the Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance and/or the School of Education.

To graduate, students must complete all degree requirements, including educational core courses, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must complete any additional requirements, including pedagogical, content-area, and/or distribution courses, with the same 3.0+ GPA. 

*The N.Y.S. Department of Education provides guidelines for required undergraduate coursework. 

**As of 2019, there are three required New York State Teaching Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and three workshops.