Music and Music Education EdDCT

Doctor of Education in College Teaching

The Ed.D. in College Teaching is designed primarily for students with a high level of performance skills whose goal or present position is focused on the teaching of performance in higher education. The Doctoral Cohort Program is a unique offering designed for music faculty members holding full-time academic appointments who are interested in completing a doctoral program.

A graduate student listens to a student in her cohort.

Admissions Information

Doctor of Education in College Teaching

  • Points/Credits: 90
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 5
  • Summer/Fall (Final): January 5

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Performance recordings required (included in online application)

Additional Notes

  • Applicants for the Doctor of Education normally have previously received a Master of Arts or Master of Music degree. Applicants for the Doctor of Education and the Doctor of Education in College Teaching 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.

Course Requirements

Doctoral Degrees

Requirements include:

1) Satisfactory completion of a program of 90 graduate points beyond the baccalaureate degree,

2) Successful performance on a departmental certification examination, and

3) Preparation and defense of a dissertation. 

At least 54 points of work must be completed at Teachers College. A maximum of 36 graduate points may be accepted from other recognized graduate schools. Transfer credits are evaluated and allocated by the Admissions Office for consideration by the Music Program. Final determinations are made by the program faculty.

Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 15 points of coursework in areas other than those in the Music Program. For the Ed.D. in College Teaching program, two of these courses must be in the area of higher education.

To ensure breadth in professional background, coursework should result in competency in

the following four broad areas: (1) Pedagogy, (2) Research, (3) Comprehensive Musicianship, and (4) Music Performance. Refer to the catalog for course listings under these general headings.

The preparation and the defense of a dissertation is required for the doctoral degree. When writing the dissertation, each candidate has a sponsor and an additional committee member. Most often the sponsor is a faculty member of the Program in Music and Music Education. Committee members may be chosen from among the professorial faculty elsewhere at Teachers College or the University. Topics are selected from a variety of areas to meet professional needs and interests.


Music Education (miniumum 28 points)

Suggested courses:

  • A&HM 5020 Foundations of Music Education, 3 points
  • A&HM 5022 Children’s Musical Development, 3 points
  • A&HM 5025 Creativity and Problem Solving in Music Education, 3 points
  • A&HM 5027 Philosophical Perspectives On Music Education, 3 points

Additional courses:

  • A&HM 4021 Designing Musical Experiences for Young Children, 3 points
  • A&HM 4023 Choral Pedagogy, 2-3 points
  • A&HM 4029 Intro to New Technologies in Music Education, 2 points
  • A&HM 4033 Approaches to Teaching Musical Instruments, 3 points
  • A&HM 4050 Strategies for Ensemble Rehearsal, 3 points
  • A&HM 5021 Instrumental Experiences for Children, 2-3 points
  • A&HM 5023 Vocal Pedagogy, 2-3 points
  • A&HM 5026 Composing Collaboratively Across Diverse Styles, 3 points
  • A&HM 5029 Int/Adv Applications of New Technology in Music Education, 2 points
  • A&HM 6001 Teaching and Administration of Music in College, 3 points
  • A&HM 6023 Teaching Applied Music in College, 2-3 points


Music Content (minimum 15 points)

At least 1 of the following:

  • A&HM 5032 Comprehensive Musicianship I, 3 points
  • A&HM 5033 Comprehensive Musicianship II, 3 points
  • A&HM 5026 Composing Collaboratively Across Diverse Styles, 3 points

Certification requirement:

  • A&HM 6058 Recital II, 0-1 points

Additional courses:

  • Applied Conducting, 2 points
  • Applied Composition, 2 points
  • Applied Instrumental / Voice, 2 points
  • Applied Voice, 2 points
  • A&HM 5052 Vocal Literature & Interpretation, 2-3 points


Research in Music Education (minimum 18 points)

Emphasized courses:

  • A&H 5001 Research Methods in Arts Education (online), 3 points
  • A&H 5002 Assessment Strategies for the Arts (online), 3 points
  • A&HM 5031 Synthesizing Research in Music Education (online), 3 points
  • A&HM 6041 Interview Data & Analysis, 3 points

Seminars: (Required)

  • A&HM 6501 Doctoral Seminar in Music Education, 2 or 3 points  (Preliminary Proposal)
  • A&HM 7501 Dissertation Seminar: Music Education, 2 or 3 points (Advanced Proposal)

Seminars: (Continuing Research Study)

  • A&HM 6510 Advanced Seminar in Art Education Research, 3 points (Continuing Dissertation Research)
  • A&HM 6971 Research and Independent Study in Music Education, 1 to 3 points


Out of Program (minimum 15 points)

Suggested research courses (2 courses min.):

  • A&HH 6041 Historical Method
  • C&T 5502 Introduction to Qualitative Research in Curriculum & Teaching
  • HUD 4120 Methods of Empirical Research
  • HUDF 5020 Methods of Social Research: Survey Methods
  • HUDM 4122 Probability and Statistical Inference
  • HUDM 5122 Applied Regression Analysis
  • HUDM 5123 Experimental Design
  • ITSF 4092 Qualitative Research and Evaluation in International Education
  • ITSF 5000 Methods of Inquiry: Ethnography and Participant Observation
  • ITSF 5001 Ethnography and Participant Observation: Structural and Interpretive Analysis
  • MSTC 5001 Qualitative Methods in Science Education Research
  • ORL 5522 Evaluation Methods 1
  • ORL 5523 Evaluation Methods 2
  • ORL 5524 Instrument Design and Validation
  • ORL 6500 Qualitative Research Methods on Organizations: Design and Data Collection
  • ORL 6501 Qualitative Research Methods in Organizations: Data Analysis and Reporting
  • ORLJ 5040 Research Methods in Social Psychology

Sample Elective Courses:

  • A&HF 5590 Voices in Philosophy and Education
  • A&HH4076 History of Urban Education
  • C&T 4029 Creativity: Its Nature and Nurture
  • C&T 4032 Gender, Difference, and Curriculum
  • C&T 4078 Curriculum and Teaching in Urban Areas
  • C&T 4161 The Teacher: Socio-Historical, Cultural Contexts of Teaching
  • ORLD 4827 Fostering Transformative Learning
  • ORLH 5011 College Teaching and Learning
  • MTSU 4083 Instructional Design of Educational Technology



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