Music and Music Education EdM Initial

Master of Education (Initial Certification)

The Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) leading toward initial New York State Teacher Certification is a program designed for students with a graduate degree in music who wish to prepare for teaching in the public schools.

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Admissions Information

Master of Education

  • Points/Credits: 60
  • Entry Terms: Summer/Fall


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  • NY State Initial: Music Pre-K-12

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

* For details about rolling deadlines, visit our admission deadlines page.

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test
  • Performance Recordings (included in online application)
  • Must hold Master's degree in Music

Additional Notes

  • Applicants for the Master of Arts, Master of Arts - Initial Certification, Master of Arts - Professional Certification, and the Master of Education, 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 Master of Arts and Master of Arts (Hybrid) programs do not lead to certification. Applicants should have initial certification or should not seek teacher certification.
  • The GRE is only required for students entering the teacher certification programs.
  • Master of Education - Initial Certification program applicants must hold a Master's degree in Music.

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The Master of Education degree (Ed.M.) leading toward initial New York State Teacher Certification is a program designed for students with a graduate degree in music who wish to prepare for teaching in the public schools.

Curriculum Guide

The minimum 60‑point degree program leads to both the Ed.M. degree and New York Teacher of Music Certification, PreK‑12. Students desiring state certification should identify themselves at their first registration and seek guidance from the initial certification advisor. All requirements for certification can be completed in the ED.M. Program if the candidate is identified at the first registration. Students in this Ed.M. program take coursework followed by two semesters of carefully guided student teaching in schools that reflect the Music Program’s philosophy of authentic and relevant musical pedagogy. Students may transfer up to 30 points from previous graduate work. Please see the Office of Teacher Education website for specific certification requirements and exams for program completion and graduation.

In order to graduate, students must complete the necessary coursework, student teaching, and the summative project (electronic portfolio); they must also demonstrate competent musicianship in a musical performance.

State Certification

All of the following:

A&HM 5022 Children’s Musical Development (prerequisite for 4021), 3 points*
A&HM 4021 Designing Musical Experience, 3 points*
A&HM 5020 Foundations of Music Education, 3 points
A&HM 5025 Creativity and Problem Solving Music Ed (prerequisite for 5026), 3 points*
A&HM 5026 Composing Collaboratively Across Diverse Styles, 3 points*
A&HM 4029 New Technologies in Education, 2 points
Child Abuse Workshop and Violence Prevention Workshop, 0 points (On- Line or In-Person please see: )
DASA Training, 0 points ( professional-studies/conferences-programs-workshops/all-offerings/ dignity-for-all-students-act/)
One Special Education Course in consultation with advisor*
Course work on arts for children with disabilities, 3 points
C&T 4001 Differentiating Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms, 3 points
HBSE 4000 Introduction to Special Education, 3 points

Pedagogy (6 points)


A&HM 4033 Approaches to Teaching Musical Instruments, 2 points*
A&HM 4023 Choral Pedagogy, 2 points*
In consultation with advisor one of the following:
A&HM 4050 Strategies for Ensemble Rehearsal, 2 points*
A&HM 5023 Vocal Pedagogy (or second applied lessons or secondary piano), 2 points*
A&HM 5021 Instrumental Experiences with Children 2 points*

Performance Requirement

Participation in a musical performance is required as part of the Musical Teachers of Tomorrow concert, given each Spring* semester.
Courses marked with * must be completed prior to student teaching


Both of the following courses:

A&HM 4701 Student Teaching – Elementary, 3 points
A&HM 4711 Student Teaching – Secondary, 3 points

Out of Program Courses

In consultation with your advisor, select courses (in addition to the Special Education course) for a minimum of 6 total points from the following programs or departments: Curriculum and Teaching, Developmental Psychology, Human Development or Sociology and Education

Portfolio Requirements for Initial Certification

Each student will create a professional electronic portfolio, completed in the final semester of student teaching. The electronic portfolio is expected to include artifacts and reflections from the duration of study. The Director of Initial Certification in Music and Music Education will provide all necessary details.

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