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Summer Intensive M.A. (INSTEP)

Teacher College's Intensive Summer Teacher Education Program (INSTEP) is designed for public, private, and experienced music teachers who are looking for a convenient and exciting way to obtain a master's degree in Music Education.

We recognize that you need to devote your attention to curriculum planning and teaching. INSTEP enables you to complete a master's degree in three summers, with minimal on-site coursework during the academic year. INSTEP provides you with the opportunity to continue your examination of curriculum theory and development, pedagogy, and policy without interrupting your career.

INSTEP is guided by pedagogical and philosophical underpinnings that reflect current trends in rethinking and re-conceiving the teaching of music. This M.A. program requires 32 points in course work and will meet the recently conceived state and national teacher preparation standards.

Our graduate program will provide you with the analytical and critical skills required to integrate theory and practice, the hallmark of a Teachers College degree. By attending Teachers College you will have access to an unparalleled faculty and student body, many of whom have achieved national and international recognition.

Please view the following documents to learn more about the INSTEP degree requirements:

INSTEP Course Requirements
INSTEP Graduation Portfolio Requirements

Please view the INSTEP Handbook for more information:

INSTEP Student Handbook (2015)

More Information for Admitted Students:

Course Override Form
Certificate of Equivalency
Applied Lessons - Student Registration Form
Applied Lessons - Request for Non-TC Instructor

How to Apply

Admission requires that students must have teaching experience. To apply for admission, please visit TC Admissions. We accept applications on a rolling, space-available basis. While there is no formal deadline for INSTEP, we highly recommend submitting your application before June 1, 2015 in order to be reviewed in time for summer classes.

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In order to receive a NY State Professional Certificate, students must first hold a NY State Initial Certificate. Please visit the Office of Teacher Education for more information.


If you are interested in applying for housing, we recommend contacting the Office of Residential Services for more information.

Limited housing for INSTEP students is available. Housing for INSTEP students is known as Summer Conference Housing and has a separate application process than school-year housing. If you are interested in applying for housing, please complete the Summer Conference Housing Application, and indicate that you are planning to enroll in an INSTEP program. Do not use the regular Housing Application for school-year programs.

The Office of Residential Services offers a limited number of spaces within the residence halls to accommodate persons attending summer conferences, classes, workshops, or interning. Conference guests and workshop attendees will be housed in the 517 West 121st residence hall.

For more information on housing please visit: Office of Residential Services

INSTEP 2015 Course Schedule

JULY 2015
A&HM 5022 Children’s Musical Development (3 points)
A&HM 5025 Creativity and Problem Solving   (3 points)
A&HA 4087  Processes/Structures-Visual Arts (2-3 points)

FALL 2015 or SPRING 2016
A&HM 5201 INSTEP Music Fieldwork Project (2-3 points)

JUNE 2016
Summer A

A&H 5002: ONLINE Assessment Strategies in the Arts (3 points)

JULY 2016
A&HM 5020 Foundations of Music Education (3 points)
C&T 4052 Designing Curriculum & Instruction (3 points)

FALL 2016 or SPRING 2017

A&HM 520 INSTEP Music Fieldwork Project (2-3 points)
*Music Elective/Performance Course (3 points)

JULY 2017
A&HF 4092 Education & Aesthetic Experience (3 points)
*Music Elective/Performance Course (3 points)

Program Contact

For more information please contact:

Tammy Yi

INSTEP Coordinator

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