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Music and Music Education

Music & Music Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

How to Apply

Please note: Admission requirements for those seeking New York State Teacher Certification have changed. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information.

Masters Programs

Applicants for the M.A., M.A. with Pre K-12 Certification, M.A. with Professional Certification, and the Ed.M, must have an undergraduate degree with a major in music or music education, or an undergraduate degree with evidence of sufficient musical training and experience to qualify the student for graduate work in this field. The complete application will include:

  1.  Completed Application Form
  2.  Application Fee
  3.  Personal Statement
  4.  Official Transcript(s)
  5.  Letters of Reference
  6.  Resume
  7. GRE*

*Please note: Due to recent changes in New York State law, the GRE will also be required for all students entering only the teacher preparation programs from fall 2016 onward. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information.

Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all necessary application materials by the designated program deadline (available on the Office of Admission website). Online applicants may have letters of reference submitted electronically. All applicants must collect and submit supporting documentation, such as transcripts and test scores (i.e., TOEFL), directly to the Teachers College Office of Admission.


Doctoral Programs

Applicants for the Ed.D. normally have previously received a Master of Arts or Master of Music degree. Applicants for the Ed.D. and the Ed.D.C.T. are expected to have several years of professional experience as an educator or performing musician prior to beginning the doctoral program. Both doctoral programs are very selective and admit only a few students each year. The complete application will include:

  1.  Completed Application Form
  2.  Application Fee
  3.  Personal Statement
  4.  Official Transcript(s)
  5.  Letters of Reference
  6.  Resume
  7.  Writing Sample
  8.  Audition (Ed.D.C.T. only)

*GRE not required.

Applications for the Ed.D. and the Ed.D.C.T. are reviewed once each year for fall admission. Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all necessary application materials by the designated program deadline (available on the Office of Admission website). Online applicants may have letters of reference submitted electronically. All applicants must collect and submit supporting documentation, such as transcripts and test scores (i.e., TOEFL), directly to the Teachers College Office of Admission.

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