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Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Semester Hours: teacher education courses + music major
Format: Face-to-face
Admission Requirements All students seeking licensure to teach shall make application for admission to teacher education and to student teaching. Application for admission to teacher education is made at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year and application for admission to student teaching is made at the end of the fall semester of the junior year. Transfer students are required to attend an education department transfer orientation meeting their first semester on campus.

Entrance and exit requirements including cut-off test scores for all teacher education programs are found in the Teacher Education Handbook or

An entry assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics is required for admission to the teacher education program. Students with qualifying SAT/ACT scores or a Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics score of 155 and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) meet the requirement. The Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA) is required for teacher licensure.

The Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) is required for early/primary education (PreK-3), and elementary education (PreK-6). Admission to teacher education requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA  and a teacher education interview. Admission to student teaching requires a 2.7 cumulative GPA. In addition, students must have a C or better in all education courses (courses with ED prefix and content area methods courses) to be admitted to student teaching. Exit requirements include meeting the Virginia cut off score requirements for the Praxis Subject Assessment (consisting of subject area components); and an earned GPA of 2.7. Students may obtain an additional endorsement without completing an approved licensure program by passing the Praxis Subject Assessment in the content area (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, History and Social Science, Mathematics, Visual Arts, English as a Second Language, Health and Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Music) with the exception of PreK-3, PreK-6, and Special Education.

Students may choose one of the following options for teacher licensure: PreK-12 vocal/choral; PreK-12 instrumental; or dual licensures (PreK-12 vocal/choral and instrumental).

Required Courses
The music major courses plus the following are required (must be passed with a grade of C or better):

  • *CMUS 412 The Compleat Musician - 4  Details
  • MUED 121 Voice Proficiency Class - 1  Details
  • MUED 131 Class Piano I - Details
  • MUED 132 Class Piano II - 1  Details
  • *MUED 212 Child and Adolescent Voice - Details
  • *MUED 223 Instrumental Methods-Brasses - Details
  • *MUED 224 Instrumental Methods-Percussion - Details
  • *MUED 225 Instrumental Methods-Strings - Details
  • *MUED 226 Instrumental Methods-Woodwinds - Details
  • *MUED 341 Elementary School Music - 3  Details
  • *MUED 342 Secondary School Music - 3  Details
  • MUED 353 Instructional Module - 1-2  Details
    • Marching Band
    • Music for the Mainstreamed Classroom
    • Jazz-Show Choir
    • Jazz Band
  • MUPS 490 Senior Recital-Project - 1  Details


  • CMUS 204 Topics in Music-Introduction to Music Technology - Details
  • CMUS 201 Topics in Music-World Music - 2  Details

Students pursuing PreK-12 vocal/choral licensure take two of the four instrumental methods courses and are required to take MUED 212. Students must declare voice, keyboard, or guitar as their performance area and enroll in a choral ensemble each semester.

Students pursuing PreK-12 instrumental licensure must declare a band or orchestral instrument as their performance area. Alternatively, piano or guitar may be declared as the primary performance instrument with four additional semester hours of private lessons in a band or orchestral instrument.

Students must enroll in an instrumental ensemble each semester and take the four instrumental methods courses.

Students pursuing dual licensure (PreK-12 vocal/choral and PreK-12 instrumental) will take all instrumental methods courses and MUED 212.

Students will declare a secondary performance area to complement the primary area and take four additional semester hours of private lessons. Keyboard and guitar students should choose a band or orchestral instrument as their secondary performance area. A balanced enrollment in choral and instrumental ensembles is required. Practicum and student teaching assignments will include vocal/choral and instrumental experiences.

Vocal and piano proficiencies are required for all licensures to ensure that future music educators will be able to use their voices and the keyboard with confidence in general music classrooms and in rehearsal settings. "Class Voice" and/or "Class Piano" are required until music education majors have met voice and piano proficiencies.

Professional Studies Courses
All ED courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.

  • ED 101 Exploring Teaching - Details
  • ED 245 Learning and Classroom Environments - Details
  • ED 275 Instructional Technology and Assessment - Details
  • ED 301 Needs of Diverse Learners - 3  Details
  • ED 351 General Curriculum and Methods for Middle and Secondary School Teaching - Details
  • ED 395 Reading and Writing in the Content Area (6-12) - 3  Details
  • ED 401 Examining Foundations of Education - Details
  • ED 411 Reflective Teaching Seminar and Portfolio - Details
  • ED 461 Elementary Student Teaching (PreK-6) - 7  Details
  • ED 462 Middle/High School Student Teaching (6-12) - 7  Details

Additional licensure requirement:

  • PSYC 202 Developmental Psychology - 3  Details

* indicates the course is offered in alternate years

The first of two music methods courses (MUED 341 Elementary School Music or MUED 342 Secondary School Music) may be taken prior to admission to teacher education. The second music methods course requires admission to teacher education and enrollment in ED 351 General Curriculum and Methods. MUED 341 or MUED 342 must be passed with a grade of C or better.

Teacher candidates must comply with all teacher education requirements listed in the teacher education section.

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